How to Organise Your Refrigerator the Right Way
Check out these best tips to organise your refrigerator and get rid of the cold chaos
Remember how excited you were to consume all your grocery items when you took them off your grocery bag and transferred them to your fridge? You felt the satisfaction upon looking at your freshly filled refrigerator. But sadly, not everything in your grocery list is remembered days after putting them into the fridge, or sometimes, they just become hard to find. The culprit? You might be arranging your groceries and farm produce into chaos.
Refrigerator organising is a good trend and lifestyle training. Having a well-organised fridge does not just make it easy on your eye, but it makes it easy for you to find your goods easily and preserve them for longer. You might be familiar with organising 101, where you put the meat at the bottom to avoid contamination, but organising your fridge is now more detailed and more fulfilling when properly done.
Read on to this quick guide to achieve a well-organised fridge and make your food fresh for longer!
Know your refrigerator sections
So you are ready to organise your fridge. But what goes where? Knowing where your food belongs in the fridge is fundamental to refrigerator organising, especially when there are various refrigerator types and units in Singapore. Familiarising yourself with your refrigerator's section is paramount to keeping your food safe and preserved for longer. And we bet you are doing it wrong most of the time.
When organising your fridge, you should know that food should stay in one section and that some refrigerator parts have different temperatures. Here are the general rules when putting your food in the fridge:
Your freezer has a variety of food to store, especially those needed to be frozen, like the obvious ice, ice cream, yogurt, and other frozen goods that you want to preserve longer. Since the freezer caters to many food varieties, make sure to categorise your items and keep your food in sealed plastic refrigerator containers to prevent them from cross-contamination. Spare your glass containers for the warmer parts of the fridge to prevent them from breaking.
Top and Middle Refrigerator Shelf
The upper and middle shelves are most likely the most versatile parts of your refrigerator, where you can store most of your food variety. Seal ready-to-eat foods in safe containers and keep them on the top or middle part of the refrigerator. This is to prevent them from getting in contact with raw foods that may contaminate them. These ready-to-eat foods include dairy products (yes, your milk is not meant for your fridge door), salads, packed foods, cooked meals, herbs, and leftovers.
As opposed to what is usually done, dairy, like your milk, is not meant to stay in your fridge door. This is because the fridge door is the warmest part of your refrigerator. What should stay there are water containers, juices, and condiments, which are less prone to spoiling and can stand warmer temperatures.
Salad Section or Crisper
Your salad section must contain vegetables and fruit that are washed and wrapped. When organising your fruit and vegetables, make sure not to mix them up in one container since they also have their own storage requirements. Some fruits like avocados, peaches, apples, and bananas produce ethylene that helps them ripen, affecting the quality of the vegetables. To avoid this, keep your fruits and vegetables in two separate containers. Do not peel and cut your fruits before storing unless you are ready to consume them immediately.
Bottom Refrigerator Shelf
The lowest part of your refrigerator is the coldest. As mentioned earlier, raw meat such as pork, beef, fish, and poultry should be placed at the bottom of the fridge to prevent drips and contamination of other fresh produce. When storing raw meat, make sure to keep them in secure containers to avoid cross-contamination.
Do not put hot food in the fridge
The key to preserving your food is to maintain the right temperature of your refrigerator. The last thing you want to do is put something that will affect the temperature inside your fridge. If you're going to store freshly cooked food, make sure to let the temperature go down first before sealing it and keeping it inside the refrigerator.
Track your leftovers
Always check the food that you have to consume immediately to prevent food spoilage. Remember that when a food item in your refrigerator spoils, it can contaminate the others and cause food poisoning. To make sure that you consume food at the right time, keep a post-it on your door fridge for everyone to see or label your containers with dates to consume so you will know what to prioritise and what can stay longer. Also, when organising your food, store the items that can easily spoil or those you need to eat immediately in front of fresher items that you can consume later on. When you see signs of food spoilage in your fridge, take the item out immediately.
Eliminate fridge odours with baking soda
Since you store all sorts of food in your fridge, there is a big chance of making it smelly, especially because of raw meat. To keep your refrigerator fresh, you can keep a baking soda inside a slightly opened container. Baking soda will help neutralise the smell inside the fridge.
Make the most out of your refrigerator's efficiency but keeping it filled but not too crowded
To maintain the optimum function of your refrigerator, we advise that you fill it as much as possible but be careful not to make it too occupied. This is to maintain the right temperature and keep proper airflow. If you notice that your fridge is crowded, you can take some items off your fridge that are better stored on your countertop. These are onions, garlic, tomatoes, squash, honey, apples, and pears.
Use refrigerator containers and labels
Suppose you're done with putting your items in the right section of your fridge. If you don't put them in separate containers and label them well, there is a high chance that everything will end up in chaos after some days. To keep your food and produce organised for a long time, use food containers and add labels so you can easily find the items at their proper places. Having these food containers also helps you remember food products that you will most likely forget when randomly stored somewhere in your fridge. If you put manufacture dates or dates of purchase in your label, you can easily determine what needs to be consumed first to prevent wasting of food.
Check out these refrigerator containers for an effective fridge organisation:
- Stackable plastic fridge containers
- Refrigerator bin for fruits and vegetables
- Food jars for herbs
- Tiered refrigerator organiser
- Lazy susan or turntable
- Baskets and trays
- Sealed bags
- Mesh bags for citrus
Your refrigerator is more than just a luxurious box that keeps your food cold. It is an innovative appliance that needs an innovative approach to work better. When buying a refrigerator or any appliance in Singapore, it's important to be familiar with the basics to enhance their functions. Now that you know the basics of refrigerator organising, you can enjoy your food without dealing with the chaos.
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