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How to organise your fridge

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How to organise your fridge
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How should you keep your milk or organise your raw foods?  What is the best place in your fridge for yogurts?  These are perhaps uninteresting questions but they are also very important if you’d like to avoid food waste and to keep yourself in good health.  Read on and we can explain everything!  

Temperature and conserving foods

Do you know what temperature your fridge should be?  In fact do you know what temperature your fridge currently is?  No, well this is perhaps something you should try and find out.  We should all regularly check the temperature of our fridge so that we can conserve our foods.  Fridges should always stay around 2 to 4°C so as to never reach above 5°C.

However a recent study as stated “Three quarters of households believe that the temperature of a refrigerator should be between 2 ° C and 6 ° C.  In fact  44% have a refrigerator with a temperature of above 6° C“.  This could constitute a health risk for the housework.

Once tubs of condiments, sauces and jams have been opened they should be kept in the fridge.  Cooked foods should be covered while meats and raw fish should be seal in an airtight container.  That being said you should never put hot food directly in the fridge.  You risk heating up this cool environment and disrupting the cooler temperatures.

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Where should you keep your food?

Usually fridges are made up of at least five shelves.  Each shelf has a different temperature and therefore a different use depending on what items you store in your fridge.  Here are some general tip on how to organise your fridge:

Of course if your fridge does not have these types of storage levels you might have to adapt this advice to suit your own fridge. We trust you! 

Upper shelf

This shelf is often used for leftover meals that you have made and cold meats.  In other words you can store food that don’t necessarily need to be cooked on this shelf.

Middle shelf

This shelf should be kept for dairy products like milk, cream, yogurts, cheese and butter.  You can also store your eggs on this shelf.

Bottom shelf

The bottom shelf is often the coldest place in your fridge.  This is where you can store some of your more fragile products like meat and fish however they should be well protected.

Storing boxes

The boxes are only good for storing vegetables, fruit and salads.  Make sure you know if your foods are compatible with fridge temperatures  These compartments are also a good place to store different aromatic herbs.

The door

The dilemma of the fridge door is that it is too small to store everything.  However not many items should actually be stored in your fridge door.  In fact this is the warmest place of the fridge and is often submitted to changes in temperature.  You therefore shouldn’t store your eggs or your milk in the door of your fridge as it will go off much quicker.

In the door you can store items that contain natural preservatives like condiments, jams and even fruit juices.  These types of foods won’t be affected by changing temperatures.

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Top tips, you can never have too many!

  • Remember that you shouldn’t mix raw and cooked products in your fridge (or at least as much as possible).  You could risk cross contamination.  One could contaminated the other which you certainly don’t want! Make sure you store your leftovers and cooked foods on top far away from your meat or fish at the bottom of the fridge.
  • Clean and thaw out your fridge regularly.  By doing this you can avoid the spread of bacteria.
  • Eggs should be kept at a constant temperature without variation. Make sure you store them in the middle shelf.
  • Some vegetables shouldn’t be mixed with other vegetables.  Apples, potatoes and potatoes release a lot more gas which can cause other vegetables to go off more quickly!

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