Did you know there are right and wrong ways to store food in your refrigerator? Here are some basics you need to know!
1. The purpose of the refrigerator is to keep cold foods cold. It is not to make hot foods cold. You should get hot foods to room temperature before putting them in the refrigerator to keep from raising the internal temperature of your refrigerator.
2. Refrigerator storage is best using shallow dishes to ensure even cooling.
Refrigerator / Freezer Thermometers
- You should have one in each place
- Who really knows what A,B,C or 1,2,3 on those little dials mean?
- Put your thermometer in your fridge and freezer and go to bed. Check the temperatures in the morning when you get up after the doors have been closed all night. Adjust as necessary and repeat your checks.
- Once you have the thermometers there, Leave Them!
- You can get fridge / freezer thermometers at Target, Walmart or any kitchen store. They have a range on them showing the ideal temperatures for fridge and freezer.
- Never store dairy products in the door of your refrigerator because it is too susceptible to temperature changes. Butter is okay to keep there only if it is in the lidded compartment that protects it from the outside air temperature.
- The door is a perfect place to store juices and condiments
- Watch the weight of items in the door to keep your seal nice and tight.
Eggs ~ Always keep eggs in their original carton on a shelf. Use the cute little egg basket in the door for something else.
Meats ~ Put these on the bottom shelf since it is usually the coldest. Put meats on a plate or in a bowl in case of leakage.
Fruits and Veggies:
- Most refrigerators have separate drawers that are humidity controlled. Use these.
- Always remove fruits and veggies from the plastic grocery bags.
- Line drawers with paper towels to help absorb excess moisture and to catch any leaks.