Are you organising your fridge properly? It could be that you think you are but are not. One of the main reasons why people throw away food before it is enjoyed, could be down to how they are organising their fridge. Therefore, we thought it would be a good idea to provide some handy tips for organising your fridge so that you can reduce waste.
Eggs are best kept in a place where the temperature is balanced and consistent. So, the middle shelf is the ideal spot if you intend on keeping your eggs in the fridge. It is also important to keep them in the same packaging that you bought them in – don’t transfer them into that plastic egg container.
Milk, Cheese and Dairy
For some reason, most people tend to place milk on the top shelf. The best place is the opposite, on the bottom shelf and as far to the back as possible, as that is the coolest part of the fridge. For the same reason, it is best to store cottage cheese, sour cream and yoghurt in the same place. You should stack items up onto a turntable of some kind, as this will allow you to access them and check their ‘best before’ dates easily.
Raw, Packaged Meat
It may sound like common sense to anyone who has a basic understanding of hygiene, but you’d be amazed at how many people place this next item incorrectly. Any raw and packaged meat like bacon, chicken, beef or even bacon should always be kept on the bottom shelf where it is coldest. This also prevents everything in your fridge becoming contaminated if the packaging breaks and the meat juices drip.
Fresh vegetables will last much longer if they are kept in an apart of the fridge where there is some humidity. Normally your fridge will have a drawer that is either marked as high humidity or for vegetables and it is best to use this one. Always store your vegetables in their original packaging. If they are opened or the original packaging is not reusable, keep them in a clean, plastic bag that is only tied loosely.
In stark contrast to fresh vegetables, fresh fruit should be stored in a part of your fridge where humidity is lowest. You may have a fridge that is either marked for fruit or designated the ‘low humidity’ drawer. This is also referred to as the crisper. Store fresh fruit in its original packaging or a clean plastic bag, ensuring that it is loosely tied shut. Citrus fruit does not need to be kept in a bag. Great tip: Don’t wash any fresh vegetables or fruit you keep in your fridge until you use them because water can encourage mould and bacteria can grow as a result.
If you are fond of salami, chorizo and other deli meats, these should be kept the shallow meat drawer, if your fridge has one. If not, the bottom shelf, away from any raw meat, is best as this is colder than the rest of your fridge.
Soft Cheeses and Butter
Soft cheeses and butter do not necessarily need to be especially cold, so it is alright to keep these in the dairy section of the fridge door. Once you open goats’ cheese, Brie and other soft cheese it is best to keep them in an appropriate air-tight container.
Condiments, Sauces and Other Similar Items
As condiments like salad dressing, mayonnaise and ketchup are all high in salt and vinegar, they are safe to be kept in the fridge door. Vinegar and salt are natural preservatives, so the same applies to salsa and pickles.
Orange juice is another one that many people get wrong. If it is pasteurised, it is safe to be stored in the door. However, if it is freshly squeezed it should be stored at the bottom of the fridge.
If you need any more advice about maintaining, repairing or getting the most out of your fridge, don’t hesitate to contact ADK.co.uk, a Wembley-based refrigeration & air-conditioning specialists serving the greater London area.