How to Organize a Refrigerator
After getting back from the supermarket, you might be tempted to unload your purchases as quickly as possible so that you can sit back and relax or do other household chores. But stocking the refrigerator correctly ensures that you cut down on food waste as well as the risk of foodborne diseases.
Good food storage habits take into account the fact that the climate conditions vary in the fridge. Door bins and upper shelves tend to be warmer than the bottom shelves and deli compartments. However, the crisper drawers can often be modified to create more or less humidity depending on what is to be put in them.
Below is a guide to organize your refrigerator. While the refrigerator layout differs slightly, the same basic storage principles should deliver optimal results.
Normally, the temperatures on the door climb a little more degree higher than the rest of the chamber. Despite the fact that some fridges have egg-shaped compartments and gallon door bins, the temperature is too high for storing these items. The door should instead be used to store items that can handle warmer conditions including butter, juice, cooking oils, water, and soda.
The deli/meat bin seats beneath the crisper drawer and is common in French-door bottom freezers. This is a useful feature especially if the temperature can be regulated to accommodate a wide variety of foods. Foods that can be stored in this part include beacon, deli meat, cheese, and hot dogs.
The Crisper Drawers:, The crisper drawers are ideal for farm produce. The humidity in many fridges can be adjusted from high to accommodate most wilting vegetables to low, to store most fruit varieties and vegetables with thin skin that require air that is a bit dryer. Even with crisper drawers that aren’t adjustable, the following division will assist in keeping maximum freshness by storing similar-reacting produce together.
Low-humidity drawers, store such produce like grapes, melons, apples, summer squash, pepper, nectarines, and mushrooms.
In the high-humidity drawers include items like broccoli, carrots, green onions, cauliflower, and leafy greens.
Normally, the lower rack is located in the middle of the refrigerator and tends to be the coldest part. This compartment is ideal for storing items that are more susceptible to growing harmful bacteria including eggs, milk, raw fish, meat, and poultry.
The top shelves of the fridge are normally the warmest with temperatures often reaching up around 40?F. Some food items to be stored here include jam and jelly, peanut butterm leftovers, yogurt and peanut butter.
Knowing the type of food that goes where in the fridge will help prevent spoiling. You must also know what doesn’t belong to the fridge such as bread, onions, tomatoes, bananas, garlic, potatoes, and coffee.