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Tips for Organizing A Refrigerator for Maximum Freshness

After rushing to the supermarket and back, it is tempting to unload your haul as quickly as possible so that you can relax or at least get to do other household chores. However, carefully stocking your refrigerator helps in cutting down food waste not to mention the risk of foodborne sickness.

Ideal food storage takes into account the fact that climate conditions throughout the refrigerator changes. Normally, the door bins and upper shelves tend to be warmer than the bottom shelves and deli bins. However, the crisper drawers can often be modified to create more or less humidity depending on what is to be put in them.

Below is a guide to organize your refrigerator. Although the layout of your fridge differs slightly; the same basic storage principles should offer you with optimal results.

The Door: The door heat temperatures on the door can rise a couple more degrees higher than the main compartment. This temperature is a little too high for storing things like milk and eggs despite the fact that some refyrigerators have gallon door bins and egg-shaped compartments that loom like ideal places to store these foods. Instead, the door should be reserved for items that can stand warmer temperatures including water, juice, cooking oils, butter and soda.

The Meat/Deli Bin: The deli or meat bin is common on French-door bottom-freezers and sits beneath the crisper drawer. This is a good storage option especially if the temperature can be regulated to accommodate a range of foods. Foods that fit in this bin include deli meats, cheeses, beacons and hot dogs.

Crisper drawers are designed to fit crop. Often, many refrigerators can have the level of humidity adjusted from high which is suitable for most wilting greens, to low, which is best for many fruit types and some vegetables with thin skin that require air that is a bit dryer. Even if your crisper drawers are unjust able, you can keep maximum freshness around your fridge with the following division by keeping produce that reacts similarly together.
In the low-humidity drawer, store apples, grapes, avocados, peaches, mushrooms, nectarines, summer squash, melons, and peppers.
In the high-humidity drawers include items like broccoli, carrots, green onions, cauliflower, and leafy greens.

Normally, the lower rack is located in the middle of the refrigerator and tends to be the coldest part. It is best for storing items that can grow harmful bacteria such as milk, eggs, raw fish, meat, and poultry.

The Upper Shelf: The upper shelves are usually the warmest part of the fridge with temperatures reaching up to 40?F. The list of items that you can store in this part include jam, peanut butter, leftovers, snacks, and yogurt.

Knowing what goes where in the refrigerator helps avoid spoiling. It is also important to understand what foods don’t belong to the fridge such as bananas, bread, onions, tomatoes, garlic, and coffee.

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