A clean and organised fridge is a sign of a well-run kitchen. When it’s time to eat, the last thing you want to do is open your fridge and spend time finding your leftovers or worse, trying to figure out if they’re still good to eat.
We’ve done our homework and have come up with a list of 11 tips to organise your fridge; keeping it clean and easy to find all your fresh food and drinks:
Use baskets or containers to keep things organised and in place. The bonus is that baskets are easy to pull in and out of the fridge so it’s easier to find something.
If you hate cleaning, just cover your shelves with plastic mats or Glad wrap. When spills happen, just peel it off and toss it. Easy!
To stop any unwanted drips from contaminating your food below, wrap your meat and seafood properly and store them on the bottom shelf of your fridge… or just put them on a plate to keep drips contained.
We’ve recently read that the average lifespan of leftovers should be 4 days max. Store them in clear glass containers so you are aware of what meals you can make and how long you have to eat them. See-through containers will allow you to plan ahead and take visual inventory of what you have.
Lazy susans and turntables can make your salad dressing and leftovers easy to find. Use them and you’ll never forget something in the back of your fridge ever again.
Use a bulldog clip to keep bottles and jars from rolling sideways in the fridge. Simply stack your bottles or jars up in a pyramid on top of each other, attached a bulldog clip to one of the wires on the shelf, and voila!
Be aware of what you should keep out of the fridge. For instance, you shouldn’t refrigerate tomatoes, honey, potatoes or onions. The cold temperature will actually make them lose their appeal. Tomatoes will turn mushy, potatoes will get a weird sweet flavour, honey will get thick and onions will lose go soft.
Get a snapshot of what’s inside your fridge with your phone so you won’t be buying things you already have – It’s easier than writing a long list!
Keep a roll of masking tape and a sharpie near the fridge so you can label your containers with their open date so you know when it’s time to throw out that mayonnaise. (The mayo above is really old; we hope it’s already been thrown out!)
The ideal temperature for a fridge is between 0°C to 4°C. If you go any warmer, you run the risk of growing harmful food bacteria. Any colder can be a waste of energy and some of your food may begin to freeze.
You can deodorise your fridge with baking soda to remove any lasting smells from leftovers. Place an open container with baking soda inside and let it absorb the smells for at least 24 hours.
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