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Food waste is a crime, really. In these trying economic times, there is even more pressure to avoid food wastage. Here are some easy tips to keep your food fresher for longer:

1. There Is a Right Place for Everything

Your fridge is not a car booth, a sardine can, or a game of Tetris. It’s not about trying to make a lot of things fit in a given space. So what’s the best way to do this?

Fridge Door

Temperature: fluctuates and is the warmest part of the fridge.
OK: food or drinks that doesn’t spoil fast like water, juice, soda, condiments, etc.
NOT OK: food that spoils fast like milk and cheese

Upper Shelves

Temperature: most consistent, an average of 7°C
OK: Food that’s eaten cold like cold cuts, olives, hummus, butter, cheese, etc.

Middle Shelves

Temperature: optimum, 4-5°C
OK: milk, cheese, eggs, butter, yogurts, cream, etc.

Lower Shelves

Temperature: average 3°C
OK: leftovers, chilled ready meals, etc.

Crispers / Drawers

Temperature: 8-10°C
OK: fruit and vegetables

2. Separate Fruit and Vegetables Correctly

Fruit and veg are the trickiest to store. Divide them into three main categories:

a. Store at room temperature

There are some fruit and veg that survive better outside the fridge. Examples of these items are bananas, garlic, onion, and potatoes.

b. Store in the fridge – produces a lot of ethylene gas

Keep these food items separate from those that are ethylene-sensitive gas. Ethylene gas promotes ripening. Food with high ethylene gas are: 

  • tomatoes
  • pears
  • avocado
  • bananas

c. Store in the fridge – ethylene-sensitive food

Food that is ethylene-sensitive will ripen and spoil if exposed to too much ethylene. These are items like: 

  • leafy veg
  • apples
  • peppers

3. Shop Smart & Don’t Overload 

How many times a week do you do your grocery shopping? Once, twice or more? Plan your meals out and strategically buy what is needed. Ideally, fresh food should not stay in your fridge longer than a week.

Once you’re able to plan and control the items that go in and out of your fridge, you will notice that overloading the fridge will become a habit of the past. It’s also easier to clean the refrigerator just before you go out for the weekly grocery shopping.

4. Check and Rotate

No matter how much we plan, there will always be some leftover food from the previous week that we didn’t manage to cook or eat. Separate these items and/or bring them to the front of the shelves. New shopping goes to the back, so it doesn’t get mixed. This is an easy way to remember to cook or eat the older items first.

5. Get Specific Hacks

Take note of specific food items that seem to still spoil fast for you, and search the internet for hacks. Someone out there would have faced the same issue as you and may have found a solution to it.

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  1. have high quality, brand name home appliances
  2. at the best possible prices
  3. delivered to your doorstep
  4. with good, old fashioned Aussie service and values

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Heck if you find the very same thing priced better (or any part of our service lacking), we’d actually be upset and would love to know how we could do better!

The CBF Store is a Melbourne based company with access to some of Australia’s largest home appliance distributors/importers and extensive freight networks across all states.

We can be contacted via phone, email, the contact form further below or even via our live chat function if you fancy a yarn about an appliance or just the questionable Melbourne weather.

The short answer – no. In order for us to provide you with what we believe is the best pricing on brand name home appliances in Australia, we knew we had to do away with the bright lights, outsized commercial rents and the obligatory small army of employees. Because all that ever translates into is an overpriced appliance. And we are all about helping every possible Australian household afford something for their home.

You mean you’re still not convinced? You don’t like the sound of (an ever-growing range) of high quality brand name home appliances retailed by an Australian company (with actual Aussies on the other end of phone calls and emails), at very-hard- to-beat prices, home delivered with service the way it should be? And with professionalism and transparency at every step of the way? Tough crowd!

All our products are brand new and come with full manufacturers’ warranties (specific to each manufacturer).

Your order will be processed within a couple of days and freight (depending on your location) can take anywhere from 5 to 14 BUSINESS days, on average. Unlike some other well-known appliance vendors, CBF will (within reason) attempt to service customers far and wide and wherever the delivery trucks can safely go. If you happen to reside in a postcode with a lot more country to it, please expect your item to arrive at the latter end of our stated delivery window. The freight companies may also attempt to get I touch (on your best contact number) before making the journey to safely deliver your appliance, so please be sure to answer your phone.

Delivery on a large number of our items, is free of charge, to nearly all parts of mainland Australia (Tasmania included). For certain items, delivery is free of charge to specific zones/regions only.

Competitive shipping is otherwise offered, which can either be confirmed upon checkout or contacting us for a custom quote. Please also check each item’s “Features” section for any additional shipping details.

Also there may be instances where certain remote addresses could incur some sort of an additional delivery charge. If you are ever in doubt about your location, kindly contact us at any time before making your purchase.

Yes and each has been tested and certified to this fact.

Each appliance comes with its own specific (advertised) manufacturer’s warranty. Warranty cards and 1800 numbers are enclosed with your new items. On top of that, we are always here and happy to help should you require further assistance or have any additional queries.

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In the rare event that this does occur, fear not as this is where the manufacturer’s warranty will kick in and assist in having a new unit delivered to you (while having the damaged/faulty unit picked up). All at no extra cost to you.

All our products are brand new and come with full manufacturers’ warranties (specific to each manufacturer).

In the rare event the product is not suitable you are welcome to reach out to us to arrange an exchange, store credit or refund.  We will provide you a return address so the item can be returned at your cost to be inspected and condition verified.  We only accept returns on unused products in original boxing in saleable condition.  Refunds will be processed with a restocking fee of 20% to cover handling costs.

The CBF Store Returns Policy

“Yes indeed, the rumours are true. Most of our items are eligible for good ol’ fashioned lay-by and you will know instantly from that funky, uber-cool purple button that sits next to our (still) very cool BUY NOW button. Our lay-by arrangements allow for weekly or fortnightly payments, up to 3 months. By entering into such a payment arrangement you agree to adhere to our lay-by terms and conditions, which is really quite simple….

If you decided to cancel your lay-by with us after any number of payments have been made, we reserve the right to refund all monies paid up to cancellation day LESS an administrative charge – $30 or 10% of the total item/order amount (whichever is the least of these two).

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