How To Organise Your Fridge Properly
You may not have put much thought into how to organise your fridge properly. In fact, most people don’t think twice about what goes where and what is placed next to what. More often than not, when it comes to unpacking the shopping it’s about finding whatever space you can and working out how to fit it all in.
However, there are actually recommended ways to organise your fridge and failing to do so could negatively affect the flavour, health benefits or ‘shelf life’ a product has. So, what goes where?
Organise Your Fridge: Knowing What Should Go Where
First thing’s first, your fridge should be somewhere between 0ºC and 4ºC; this is the ideal temperature for preventing the growth of bacteria that can cause food to go off and spoil quicker than it should. Plus, it’s always a good idea to keep the very top of the fridge clear and try not to overfill it elsewhere as this encourages the flow of air which can help to refrigerate the food.
Infographic: How to organise your fridge
The top shelves of your fridge are where you should be storing foods such as pre-cooked meats, drinks, ready to eat products and leftovers. This is because the top shelves tend to have the most consistent temperatures and are best suited for food that doesn’t need to be cooked before eating.
The lowest shelves in a fridge are the coolest and therefore they’re perfect for dairy products, seafood, meat and eggs.
The fridge doors tend to be the warmest parts of the fridge, simple because they’re opened and closed a lot. This is where you should store any food that has a natural preservative and is less likely to spoil, such as orange juice.
Fruit and Vegetable Drawers
It’s best to keep fruit and vegetable separate in the fridge, so place them in different drawers. This helps to keep things crisp and fresh for a lot longer. This is because some fruits – such as peaches, plums and pears – emit a gas that can speed up the rotting process in vegetables.
Items such as eggs, nuts, oil, tomatoes, onions and potatoes can be stored in a fridge, but they’re also fine elsewhere. Whether or not you do place them in the fridge is personal preference, and it doesn’t overly affect the quality of the item either way. In fact, many people choose to only store them in the fridge when they have the space.