The refrigerators have different compartments and different temperature zones. Therefore, it is very important to store products appropriately. Otherwise, you may be just wasting time, money and losing the food.
The food requires a cold temperature to prevent itself from bacteria growth. Each food requires a different temperature, and the different compartments in the fridge have different temperature. Therefore, you should learn where to store your food and you will master the art of properly organizing a fridge.
Here you should store only frozen things, such as ice, frozen fruits and vegetables, meat, stock and other products. Moreover, you can store pasta sauce, eggs, and tortillas.
Note: You can even freeze bread and keep it up to 3 months.
Tip: When storing things in the freezer, pack foods closed in a container. You should avoid glass jars, and use plastic freezer bags instead.
This is probably the warmest part of your refrigerator. Therefore, foods that are resistant to spoiling should be kept there. Foods which should be placed on the doors are juices, condiments, water and other products which can resist the temperature changes.
Note: Avoid storing dairy and milk on the door because the doors get warm and these foods can spoil.
Bear in mind that the upper shelves maintain the most consistent temperature and food which don’t need cooking should be placed there. Hence, the upper shelves should be a storage for leftovers, drinks, hummus, ready-to-eat foods, herbs, and berries.
Tip: If you keep fresh herbs in the fridge, you should put them in a jar with water and cover them with a plastic bag.
The lower shelves is a place with the lowest temperature. Therefore, eggs, raw meat, and dairy products should go in there.
Note: Do not put too many things in one compartment. Keep some space between the products.
Tip: You should keep the raw meat in a particular section, to avoid bacteria spreading. Thus, keep the meat in its packaging and put it on a plate or in a clean bin.
These compartments have the most moisture than the whole fridge, and therefore, you should keep fruits and vegetables here. However, you should keep them separate. Keep the vegetables in one and fruits in another drawer.
Note: Before storing them in the fridge, wash the fruits and vegetables well and remove the extra moisture with a paper towel.
Top of the Fridge
The top of the fridge can become very warm because the fridge’s condenser coil pumps warm air out. Therefore, you can use the top of your fridge to keep appliances, cookbooks and paper towels.
Note: Never keep wine and bread on the top of your fridge.
What you should and shouldn’t keep in the fridge?
There are certain foods that don’t belong in the fridge, such as bananas, potatoes, tomatoes, onions, garlic and coffee. Therefore, these items need a dark and a low moisture place.
On the other hand, there are certain items that can be kept in the fridge, but only if you use them as soon as possible. Hence, keep avocados, herbs, nuts, nut flours and nut butter only for a short period of time and you should use them afterward.
Additionally, oils low in saturated fat (olive oil, sunflower oil, and canola oil) will last longer if kept in the fridge.