After travelling to the grocery store and back, you may be tempted to unload your haul as fast as you can, so you can relax—or at least move on to additional chores in the household. However, carefully stocking the refrigerator will assist in cutting down on wasting food, not to mention foodborne illness risk.
Here is a guide to organizing the refrigerator. Even if the layout of your refrigerator slightly differs, the same storage principles ought to generate maximum results.
In some temperature performance tests, which happen in climate-controlled chambers in which experts crank up the heat to 110-degrees Fahrenheit, temperatures on the refrigerator door rise a few degrees higher than the fridge’s main compartment. That is too hot for eggs and milk, in spite of the fact that most refrigerators have egg-shaped compartments and gallon door bins which seem like perfect places for such items. Reserve the door instead for items which are able to handle hotter conditions, which includes the following:
- Cooking oils
The Deli/Meat Bin
This option for storage is most common upon French door bottom freezers, in which it usually sits under the crisper drawers. It is a useful feature, particularly if the temperature may be modified to better accommodate an array of food sources—for example, cooler for cured meats, and warmer for a plate of hors d’oeuvres. Here are the items which belong inside the bin:
- Hot dogs
- Deli Meats
The Crisper Drawers
The crisper drawers are made for produce. On most refrigerators, the humidity may be modified from high, perfect for the majority of wilting vegetables, to low, better for many fruits, in addition to some veggies that have thin skins which prefer the air to be a little dryer. Even if the crisper drawers are not adjustable, the below division will assist in maximum freshness by keeping similar-reacting produce together.
The Low Humidity Drawer
- Summer squash
- Melon (once it is ripe)
- Nectarines, Plums, Pears, Peaches (once ripe)
- Avocados (once ripe)
The High Humidity Drawer
- Leafy Greens
- Green Onions
The Lower Shelf
Typically situated in the center of the refrigerator, the lower shelf is usually the coolest area of the fridge. It’ll make it perfect for storage of items which are more prone to developing dangerous bacteria, which includes the following:
- Meat, raw fish, and poultry (on trays that catch drippings, so they won’t contaminate other food sources)
- Eggs (inside the original carton
The Upper Shelf
Conversely, the upper shelves are the warmest section that have temperatures oftentimes reaching up about 40-degress Fahrenheit. That is too hot for eggs and milk, although yogurt is fine because it is fermented. Here is the complete list of what you should store on the upper shelf.
- Snacks (such as fruit cups and hummus)
- Peanut butter
- Leftovers (massive amounts ought to be transferred to many smaller containers, in order for them to cool faster. Place towards the front of the refrigerator so as not to forget them.)
- Jelly and Jam
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