If you think about it, the refrigerator is the most frequently used appliance in the house. It’s like the heart of your kitchen. We’re constantly popping in to top off our drinks, grab a snack or ponder what to make for dinner.
With all that traffic, it’s easy for the fridge to become a bit … chaotic. No fear. All it takes are a few tweaks to organize your refrigerator and, more importantly, keep it that way. Organizing your refrigerator goes beyond finding things faster. It also helps you keep your meats, fruits and veggies fresher for longer.
Knowing how the climate conditions vary within your refrigerator takes much of the guesswork out of organizing.
It’s the coldest location in the fridge, making it the perfect spot to store foods that are more susceptible to developing bacteria (think eggs, milk and raw meat.)
These are warmer. This is where you put foods that aren’t as susceptible to spoilage, like cheeses, deli meats and leftovers. Snacks like hummus, yogurt and other ready-to-eat foods are also prime candidates for the top shelf.
The doors are the warmest section of the fridge, perfect for condiments and other preserved foods.
While crisper drawers are the most humid. These were designed to keep fruits and vegetables fresh. Most refrigerator drawers have adjustable humidity settings. The highest setting is ideal for leafy greens, broccoli, cauliflower and green onions. While fruits, ripe avocados, mushrooms and peppers prefer lower humidity.
Don’t Waste Space
Often, when we’re not sure whether an item needs to be refrigerated, we assume the worst and try to cram it in with the milk and meats. But by knowing which foods don’t require refrigeration, we can save valuable shelf space for those that do.
Potatoes, tomatoes and onions don’t need to be refrigerated. Neither do bananas, coffee or garlic. Don’t put bread in the fridge; it will go stale. Use the freezer instead.
Get Creative With Organizing
It’s easy to lose track of small items like tomato paste and mini bottles of chili paste in the fridge. For maximum efficiency, apply the same organization techniques to your fridge that you would a closet or drawer.
Use storage containers, like baskets or bins, to keep like items together. You can have one bin for leftovers, for example. You can also organize these by your favorite meals. If you have a sandwich every day for lunch, consider putting all the fixings in a basket. This way you don’t have to go hunting through the fridge for mustard every afternoon.
What are some of your favorite tips and tricks when it comes to your fridge?
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