Remember the days your parents nagging you to close the fridge door or to “know what you want, before you open the fridge door”, maybe they were just trying to keep the electricity bill down or maybe they were protecting the food in the fridge to stay safe and fresh.
Here are 9 refrigerator rules to keep your food fresh, safe and tasty
1. Air flow
Don’t cram your fridge with all the food it can fit. It’s important to the temperature remains consistent and there is enough space so air can flow freely. A consistent fridge temperature is key to keeping your food fresh.
2. Kill Bacteria
Before putting fruits and vegetables in the fridge, wash them first in a vinegar and water bath. Fill up your sink with water and adding 1 cup of distilled white vinegar. Add your fruit and vegies and let them soak for 10 minutes. The natural acid in the vinegar will kill bacteria that causes mould and rot.
Vegetables prefer a humid storage climate while fruits prefer dry. Some fridges have controls for each zone so you can store them in their preferred climates. If you don’t have this option, wrap your veggies with a wet paper towel to maintain humidity.
4. The milk to my oero
Milk needs to be stored at the rear of the fridge where the temperature stays consistently the coolest. Milk shouldn’t be stored in the fridge door as it is regularly exposed to outside air.
5. Pass the butter and cheese
Most fridges have a dedicated storage space for cheese and butter. Generally speaking, it will be located at the top of the fridge door. It’s important to still these products sealed in an airtight container.
6. From selves to doors
Store soft drinks and non-perishable condiments on door shelves. These are items that aren’t that affected by slight temperature changes.
7. What about the eggs?
Eggs should be kept in their original container and placed on the middle shelf with nothing too heavy stored directly on top that could crack your eggs.
8. …and the meat?
Raw meat juices can cross-contaminate all the exposed food in your refrigerator. Therefore, take care in storing meats. A clever idea is to store raw meats in a glass container so there is no chance for liquid and juices to spill onto the shelves.
9. Happiness is leftovers
Leftover food should be kept in clear glass containers or resealable plastic bags so you can see what condition it’s in without having to open the container and expose the leftovers to air. It’s a good idea to always store your leftovers in the same area in your fridge so you don’t forget about them. Generally, you should remove leftovers every 3 days.