Is your fridge looking like a desert wasteland these days? Or is it stuffed to the brim like a Tokyo train car? Perhaps it’s time to think about the way you store your food and how to keep your groceries in the best, tastiest condition.
Cold, Colder or Coldest?
Like many temperature sensing products, refrigerators need to dial in their temperatures at a very specific level. To keep food fresh and prevent bacteria growth, refrigerators cannot be too warm or too cold in any single spot. The least cold zone in a fridge is usually the top shelf and the door. This is where condiments can live since they usually have longer shelf lives. Dairy products and eggs can also be placed on the upper shelves. Since heat rises and cold falls, the lower shelves get colder in a refrigerator. The lower parts of a fridge are a great spot for meat, milk, and fresh produce.
Can You See It?
Have you ever found moldy, rotting food at the back of the refrigerator? What a pain and a mess! Avoid wasting food and mucking up the fridge by storing food in clear containers. When you bring the groceries home, it can be helpful to remove items from their packaging and immediately place them in easily accessed, easily viewed storage bins of acrylic or glass. The more easily you can see your food, the more likely you are to consume it before it grows anything green or stinky.
There are a plethora of ways to organize a refrigerator depending on your personal preferences and lifestyle. Remembering the temperature variations within the fridge is a great place to start when deciding on the placement of foods. And prioritizing visibility can help even the smallest and least assuming foods catch the attention of your eyes and taste buds.