Refrigerators preserve food for longer at cool temperature, but only if you know how to store food in it. Follow these tips to keep your food, even leftovers, fresh, nutritious, and odor free.
Check Refrigerator Temperature Often
Use refrigerator thermometer, place it in the warmest part of the refrigerator, and check air temperature after 24 hours.
Food should be stored in the refrigerator at a temperature of at least 37ºF or below to avoid bacteria growth.
If the air temperature shows higher than 37ºF, adjust the cooling control of the refrigerator accordingly.
Sometimes the refrigerator temperature remains correct but shows higher because of being overloaded with food, or because of storing hot food or keeping the door open for longer periods etc.
Some General Things to Remember
Clean your fridge at least twice in a week. A good time to clean is before you add fresh food.
Don’t stuff too much in the refrigerator. Cold air circulation will be affected.
Prepared food should be placed inside once it is cooled, but not longer than two hours.
Place leftovers and prepared food both covered, so the odor doesn’t spread to other items.
Close the refrigerator door properly.
Do a Smart Planning before You Store
Useful planning is required before you store food to avoid waste. Refrigerator organization is not everybody’s cup of tea. It needs proper guidance.
Seafood, raw meat, poultry
Seafood, raw meat, poultry should be stored in the coolest part of the refrigerator – it means the bottom part. Besides, placing these in the bottom shelf in pans, you can restrict juices from dripping onto other products.
Try to keep each type of product separately to avoid cross contamination.
Seafood, raw meat, poultry can be preserved free of bacteria and without contamination for maximum four days. For cooked meats, for a total of 3 days.
Fruits and vegetables
Store fruits and vegetables separately, otherwise vegetables will absorb the released ethylene gas from some fruits and will be spoiled prematurely.
It is better to place vegetables and fruits in the separate compartments provided.
Fruits which release ethylene gases do not need to be preserved in refrigerator. Some of these fruits are bananas, avocado, palms etc.
The same applies to certain vegetables. Potatoes, onions, garlic, tomatoes, pumpkins will last long if kept outside.
Eggs, dairy products, non-fresh juices, drinks
Eggs, health drinks, non-fresh juices, water bottles, condiments etc. are usually kept in the refrigerator door because these products resist well to temperature fluctuations. It’s preferable to store eggs in their original container for them to last longer.
Eggs should be kept in the given place, which is mostly in refrigerator doors, to last long.
Milk needs a balanced -temperature. Therefore, it’s advised to place milk bottles in the central part of the refrigerator to last longer.
Always make sure that once opened cheeses are kept in airtight containers
Store butter in original packaging. It can be kept in the fridge door. Don’t preserve it for more than six months.
Leftovers and dried products
Leftovers must be kept in airtight containers, so the smell doesn’t spread to other food items. They should not be preserved more than two days.
There’s no need to store dried products in refrigerator as the moisture will spoil their crisp or make sure they are kept in dry jars or airtight containers. Granola, nuts, muesli, oats can be preserved for more than a year.
Our tips will not only guide you to retain food products fresh but also to keep the refrigerator safe.