Clever Fridge Storage

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Clever Fridge Storage

First things, first.

The temperature settings in your fridge are more important than you think to preserve food and keep items fresher for longer. Some parts of the fridge are cooler than areas, and specifically designed to store certain foods. 

Samsung says the best setting for the fridge is 3°C and for the freezer temperature is -18°C to -20°C. However, this will vary depending on types of food and produce stored in the fridge.

Always keep the fridge below 4°C and the freezer below -18°C to maintain food safety standards.

What goes in the fridge door

If you've always been putting your milk in the fridge door, you've been doing it wrong. Don't worry, we were just as surprised! 

The fridge door is actually the warmest part of your refrigerator, and is ideal for storing items that don't require especially cold temperatures. This includes foods high in vinegar or sale content such as salad dressings, pickles, condiments, orange juice and so on.

Butter is ideally stored in the fridge door - how many times have you had to pop butter into the microwave for a couple of seconds because it was too hard to spread on sandwiches? Changing the storage area in your fridge might just be the trick to keep butter at the perfect temperature. The same applies to soft cheeses or dairy products that don't require very cold temperatures.

Milk and Eggs

The middle or top shelf of your fridge is the perfect place to store milk and eggs because these areas have stable temperatures.

Meat

The bottom compartment of your fridge is designed for meat because it's the coldest area in your fridge, and if the package leaks, it won't contaminate other foods! 

Storage Containers

Most fridges will come with various bins and baskets to help with organising, but that doesn't mean you can't organise your own space creatively and efficiently. Everything in your refrigerator needs to be easily accessible so plan out your sections. For example, one bin or basket could be used leftovers as you know these need to eaten within the next few days, and another bin for cheeses where you know you have a little more time before they spoil. 

Fruits and veggie storage

If your refrigerator has a crisper, most modern fridges do and marked with "low humidity", this is where fruits should be stored. The other bin usually marked as "high humidity" is best for vegetables. Tie both fruits and veggies in a loose plastic bag to keep them organised and easy to access. 

Here's another little-known-tip that might surprise you - some vegetables are incompatible when stored together, and cause one another to spoil prematurely. 

As fruits and vegetables ripen, they release ethylene gas which causes other produce to spoil faster. High ethylene gas producers are also known as ripening accelerators. There are ways to slow down this process simply by separately incompatible ones from each other.

Ripening Accelerators 

These beautiful fruits release ethylene gas which can cause vegetables to spoil prematurely: 

  • bananas (5 - 7 days hanging  on the counter. Keep away from other fruit and veg! Bananas will spoil most other produce so they're best kept separately. If you don't have a banana hammock or a place where you can hang them, wrap the the crown of the banana bunch with plastic wrap to help them stay fresh)
  • Pineapples (3 - 4 days in the fridge - cut off the green leafy tops. IDEA 💡  Store your pineapple upside down to redistribute the sugar so the really sweet part isn’t just at the bottom of the fruit. 
  • Herbs (1 - 2 weeks in the fridge. Herbs need to be kept cool so place the stems in a cup of water, like a bunch of flowers. If space is an issue wrap in a layer of paper towels or in a ziplock bag). IDEA 💡  Avoid yellow or molding herbs by chopping them up and placing a few in an ice cub tray with some olive oil.

  •  Tomatoes (5 - 7 days on the counter). Tomatoes actually thrive in cool places. They don't enjoy crowded spaces so give them room to breathe. When a tomato starts to spoil remove it from the bunch and clean the container so the other fruits are not contaminated.

  • avocados (3 - 4 days on the counter and 5 - 7 days refrigerated)

 

Did you know, while apples and watermelon both love to be in the fridge, never put them together. Apples produce high levels of ethylene which turn the watermelons mushy. 

A Handy Infographic to Food Storage 

Food storage infographic

📷 Eatright.org

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