A Perfect 10 Ingredients

Here's how to really make the most of your shopping - with storage tips, these 10 ingredients will go all the way

Red Onions

Choose those that are firm with no signs of dampness. Store in cool, dry, dark place for up to 1 month.
Instant Polenta

Originating from northern Italy, polenta is made from ground cornmeal. Once opened, store in an airtight container and use by the expiry date.
Baby Spinach

Keep, unwashed, in a sealed plastic bag in the fridge. Baby spinach is best used within 2 days.
Veal Leg Steaks

Veal is extremely lean and very tender with a mild flavour. Veal leg steaks are thin boneless slices that are sometimes pounded to make them even thinner. Transfer the steaks to a ceramic dish, cover with foil and keep in the fridge for up 2 days.
Small Salted Capers

Small capers are milder than large capers. Rinse before using to remove excess salt. Once opened, keep in the fridge and use by the expire date.

Parmesan is a hard, dry cheese with a rich and sharp flavour. Parmigiano Reggiano is the original and best-quality type of parmesan. Freshly grated parmesan tastes better thant he pre-grated parmesan. It is available from supermarkets. Wrap in foil or baking paper and keep in the fridge for up to 4 months.

Choose those that are bright yellow and feel heavy. Green lemons will not continue to ripen once picked. Store in a cool place out of direct sunlight for up to 1 week or in the crisper section of the fridge for up to 3 weeks.

Choose bulbs with fresh green tops - avoid leaves that are brown or limp. Keep, unwashed, in a sealed plastic bag in the crisper section of your fridge for up to 1 week.
Canned Diced Tomatoes

This versatile pantry staple can be used in sauces, soups, casseroles, pasta sauces and many more dishes. If you're not using the whole can, leftover tomaties can be kept in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.

Look for young, small, green leaves, which have a milder flavour than older, large, grey leaves. Store in a sealed plastic bag in the fridge for up to 3 days.