You might have decided it’s time to give your fridge a clean. Maybe you’re not happy with the amount of time you spend searching for ingredients. It could just be that you’re looking to get more organized in your life. Whatever the reason we’re here to help.
Here we’ll teach you a quick and simple way to keep your fridge organized – and healthy!
How do the professionals keep their fridges?
The most important when organizing your fridge is to always keep food safety in mind. Professionals do this in a way to ensure that cross-contamination never occurs. What you need to do is store your produce by the cooking temperature required to kill any bacteria the meat hosts.
First of all, you start with your cooked meats and anything else that doesn’t need cooking to eat – these go at the top. Then move downwards, with bacon, beef and anything else stored next, followed by any poultry products – which have to be cooked at the highest temperature.
Stick to the above method and you’ll ensure that all the food in your fridge remains safe.
Here’s how you should organize your fridge:
The Door: You might be surprised to hear that the warmest part of a fridge is the door. This is why you should never put eggs or milk here – contrary to popular belief. The door is suitable for condiments only.
Upper Shelf: If you’re in the habit of keeping leftovers then you should always date them before storing. You can use any good free label maker to do this. Don’t keep cooked meats longer than 2 – 3 days and any leftover meals should be eaten next day. Otherwise, you should keep drinks and ready-to-eat foods, such as cheese, deli meats and yogurts on the top shelf.
Lower Shelves: All raw meats should be kept on the lower shelves. Ordered from top to bottom, like we mentioned previously, by the temperature required to cook the meat thoroughly and kill any bacteria.
Drawers: Drawers are designed to be humid – perfect for storing vegetables. You should keep all non-meat raw produce here. Sadly, the drawers are generally found at the bottom of the fridge, and as such, you risk cross-contamination. Here are a couple of solutions:
- If one drawer is above the other then use the lowest for meat and the other for vegetables. Just remember to clean the drawers often if you use them for meat storage.
- If you are lucky enough to have two, side by side, then use one for vegetables and one for raw meats.
Staying organized means staying healthy
By sectioning off your fridge and keeping everything organized, you’ll have a clear idea on where everything can be found, while also preventing any potential cross-contamination, which could make you seriously unwell.
Remember to get the family involved as well – otherwise, all your hard work could go down the pan. Maybe take everyone through how to use the fridge properly and reward your children for keeping on top of it. Hopefully, now, you’ll have the fridge you’ve always dreamed of.