Organisational tips to keep your food fresh longer in the fridge

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An organised fridge means fresher food for longer!

Your fridge has been designed in such a way that certain food items should be stored in certain areas to keep your food fresh longer in the fridge. However, the majority of us don’t play by these rules and just use the fridge as one big cooling unit.

How to organise your fridge to keep your food fresh

Freezer

The freezer is obviously designed to store frozen things. However, there are plenty of other food items that can be easily stored and kept frozen. For example, flour, bread, ginger, chilli cooked rice and pasta. There is rarely an excuse to throw food away!

Fridge doors

The doors of the fridge are the most volatile when it comes to temperature, as they are constantly being open and closed. These should be used to store items that are less perishable such as condiments and juice.

Don’t let your fridge door fool you! Milk should not be stored in the fridge door! Neither should other dairy products such as cheese, nor eggs as these perish quickly in changing temperatures and need to be kept cool.

Shelves

The upper shelves in the fridge remain more consistent in temperature; the lower shelves are the coldest.  Pre cooked foods and foods that don’t require cooking should live on the top. For example, drinks, leftovers, dips, pickles, fresh herbs, condiments.

The lower shelves should be reserved for uncooked foods that can spoil quickly, as they remain the coldest. Raw meats, eggs, seafood and dairy should be stored down low. In saying this, meat should have its own separate area to keep the bacteria it carries from contaminating other items.

The crisper drawers

They do what they say on the tin and are designed to keep crispy, crunchy fruit and vegetables fresh for as long as possible! If you have two drawers, dedicate one to fruit and one to veggies.