When it comes to organising goods and items in your home, whether it’s the clothes in your wardrobe to the tools in your garage, it’s easy to lose track of your set-up fast. The same goes for our fridges.
It’s all too common to start the week with a fresh food shop and a nicely organised fridge, only to see it gradually devolve into a mismanaged mess by the end. However, this is not only unsightly but can also mean bad news for the food itself. So, as a little refresher course, here’s a recap of where all of your food should go in your fridge and why.
The top shelf of your fridge should serve as a safe haven for all of your ready to eat foods, be they pre-made snacks, sandwiches or anything else to grab and go. This is because, of all the foods in your fridge, the last ones you want getting dripped on or contaminated by other foods are the ones you’re going to put straight in your mouth. The top shelf is also the place to store drinks, as these are the least dangerous of all things in your fridge with the potential to drip and spill. Leaking a little beer onto your packaged foods below won’t mean disaster – whereas foods such as raw meats are the last things you want dripping from above!
While it’s common to store eggs and dairy products such as cheese and milk in the side door of your fridge, it’s actually best to put these on the middle shelf instead. This is because the temperature inside your fridge fluctuates more around the door, meaning eggs and dairy will go off much quicker if they’re kept there. Keeping them on the middle shelf will help their longevity, which is an absolute must. There may not be any point in crying over spilt milk, but milk that’s gone off before its use-by date is certainly upsetting, to say the least!
Even though this one should be a no brainer, it’s easy to forget that meat belongs nowhere but the bottom shelf of your fridge. It may be convenient to just throw a packet of bacon or mincemeat back into the first open space you see, but that kind of thing is a big no-no. Dripping or leaking juices from meat can cause harmful cross-contamination in your fridge, so it’s vital that you keep your meats somewhere that they won’t put other foods at risk!
Of all the places inside your fridge, the bottom drawers are both coolest and the best for humidity control. Because of this, it’s the best place to store your fruits and vegetables, which are generally the foods you want to keep fresh for the longest. The bottom drawers are also usually a pretty safe place to keep your fruit and veg free from dripping, leaks and cross-contamination too, but always be sure to wrap any open packets in paper or plastic cling film to be on the safe side!
And finally, we have the fridge door. As mentioned earlier, this is the place that fluctuates most in temperature inside your fridge, so it’s the best place to store anything that’s less likely to go off. This includes condiments, drinks, water and so on. But while this part of the fridge is handy for ease of access to your favourite juices and sauces, make sure you don’t overfill it. The last thing you want is to open the door to an avalanche of bottles flying out and smashing all over your kitchen floor. We’ve all been there!
Thank you for reading our blog post on how to organise your fridge to keep your food fresh! While we’re on the topic, don’t forget to check out our 9 genius ways to get more from your fridge to help you to up your food storage game even more.