Organizing your refrigerator is more than just knowing where everything is located. Organizing is to maximize the space and maximize the shelf life of the food items stored in the refrigerator. Thus, it is important to keep a refrigerator in an organized state. The following suggestions will help you in your efforts to organize your refrigerator.
Start with removing all items from the refrigerator and washing the inside shelves and compartments of the refrigerator. Hot sudsy water will do to disinfect.
Before returning food items to the cleaned refrigerator, throw away any item that is expired or has been cross-contaminated.
Know the correct temperature setting and if you are not sure read your refrigerator manual.
When returning the food items sort them by groups, like produce, meats and dairy.
Place any item that does not have its own container in a see-through container. This will let you to see the food items when searching through the refrigerator for something to eat.
Stock your refrigerator according to designated compartments, such as vegetables in the crisper and deli meat in its drawer.
Perishable food items should be placed on the bottom shelf as it is cooler than the top shelf and will prolong the shelf life.
Store jarred and glass items in the door. But do not store milk in the door.
Your refrigerator may have an egg compartment, but eggs will stay fresh longer stored in their original cartons.
Leftovers can quickly build up and be hard to identify after time. Designating a shelf just to leftovers will help to prevent them from getting pushed back into a corner.
Each time you open a perishable food item, write the date opened on the container as a reminder. This makes cleaning out the fridge a lot easier.
Have a magnetic organizer on the refrigerator door or one side of the fridge to hold pens and food labels so they’re easy to find when you’re marking and dating leftovers.
Food items with closer expiration dates should be at the front of the fridge and items with later expiration dates towards the back.
Vegetables should be stored in the crisper drawer as it was designed to keep in humidity.
Lastly do not over pack your fridge as cool air must circulate the compartment of the fridge to keep food from spoiling prematurely.
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