Thanks a million for taking the time to stop by and if you need some useful tips in how to organize your refrigerator, then take a quick look through this post which will help you get the most of your own home refrigerator. Shopping for groceries is a chore that we all have to do and when we return, it is so tempting to just open the refrigerator put all our purchases in it as quickly as possible and relax. But if you are careful and you stock your refrigerator carefully not only it will look neater but it will also reduce your wastage by reducing the amount of food that goes bad. And you might avoid the risk of illness from foodborne diseases.
Smartly stocking your food is based on science, but very easy to implement. You need to know few facts about each type of food item and what storage condition it requires to remain at optimum freshness level. The temperature in the refrigerator is not the same throughout its space. The upper part is warmer and as you go down it becomes cooler and cooler. Then there are crisper shelves to control the humidity and finally the door which is easily accessible but always the warmest part of the refrigerator.
Organize your refrigerator keeping food safety as a priority. Keep the items according to their recommended storage temperatures, so your food items will remain longer un-spoilt. Following are suggestions how you should organize your refrigerator. The layout and size differ from model to model, but this advice is applicable generally to all refrigerators.
The door is normal the relatively warmer part of the refrigerator. Plus when the door is opened it is immediately exposed to ambient warm air. Almost all refrigerator doors have space for milk and eggs. This is not the ideal place to store milk and eggs. There are many items that can be stored in the door racks such as butter, soda, juices, water, cooking oils and various types of sauces and condiments.
Some refrigerators have freezer compartment at the bottom and some have it on the upper part of the refrigerator. All frozen products such as raw meat, fish and frozen vegetables go to the freezer. If you are an ice cream aficionado and buy it in gallons, ice cream goes to the freezer compartment. Nuts, bread crumbs, yeast and fresh pasta can also be stored in the freezer.
This is located at the lowest level of your refrigerator above the freezer compartment, if it is there at the lowest level. Normally it is an enclosed space with higher humidity than the rest of refrigerator. On high-end models, the humidity level can also be controlled. The high humidity drawer is designed for storing fresh produce vegetables such as broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, green onions, tomatoes and other leafy vegetables. Herbs such as parsley, cilantro, chives, thyme, rosemary, basil in plastic bags can be stored here. If there is a separate box with low humidity then store fruits such as grapes, melons, squash, peaches and avocadoes in that space.
The middle-level shelves can be used to store milk, eggs in their cartons. This is also the ideal place to put leftover cooked food. It is preferable that it is wrapped in foil to avoid contamination with other food. Cheese, cold cut meats, sliced bread, pizza etc. and medicine should also be stored at this level.
This is relatively warmer space and can be used to store jams, jellies, snacks, yogurt, peanut butter and dry leftover food. Oranges and apples can also be stored here.
Items to avoid in the refrigerator
There are some items that should not be stored in the refrigerator; these include bananas, coffee, potatoes, onions, and garlic. Avoid storing any strong smelling item that may change the flavor of other food items.
Some smart people write with a dry marker on the front of the refrigerator, write the quantities of each item present to know what is inside without opening the door. A jar of activated carbon if kept inside the refrigerator removes most odors. Labeling the baskets or containers, with markers also helps to know what is inside without opening the containers.
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