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How to Organize Your Fridge According to Temperature

February 14, 2017 3:52 pm
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All too often, the fridge is like a mix of a game of Tetris and a horror film, with the discovery of something that has been wedged in the back of a drawer since you moved in after buying one of the homes for sale in Canton GA. To help keep your fridge organized so that items stay fresh longer and don’t ruin other foods, here are some handy tips to fridge organization that may just keep you healthier and wealthier in the process

The key to a fridge doing its job is to keep it cold enough. The refrigerator should be kept at 40 F or lower and the freezer should be kept at 0 F. However, some parts of the fridge are cooler than others and it is important to be aware of this in regards to what you store in order to get the most out of your food and your fridge.

Starting with the upper shelves, where the temperature is the most consistent, store drinks, ready-to-eat foods, herbs, and leftovers in this area. Since prepared foods do well here, such as hummus and deli meat, it makes life easier, since these are often items that will be reached for most often.

The lower shelves are the coldest and where you should keep eggs, dairy, seafood and raw meat. To take extra precautions against raw-meat contamination, you may want to keep all raw meat stored in one section of these lower shelves. Keeping them in an additional tray or plate further reduces the risk of contamination.

You may be tempted to keep eggs and dairy in the doors. After all, many fridges have compartments in the door specifically for eggs and butter, and anything less than a gallon of milk usually ends up in the door. Yet the doors are the warmest, due in part to the fact that they are opened regularly. Instead, use the doors to store items such as condiments, juices and other items that can stand up better to temperature fluctuations.

Ideally you have separate crisper drawers that allow you to keep fruit in one and vegetables in the other. Certain fruits, such as apples and plums, produce a chemical that helps them ripen. Unfortunately, it can also help other foods ripen, which is why it is better to keep fruits and vegetables separated to keep them fresh for as long as possible.

It can be tempting to store all of your food into the fridge, especially when you live in warmer states like Georgia. Yet there are some foods that should never be refrigerated, such as tomatoes, onions, potatoes, and squash. They all do best kept in a cool, dark place. Fortunately, plenty of Piedmont Residential homes for sale in Canton GA have spacious kitchens with a cabinet that is likely ideal for storing these items. Add a few baskets in the cabinet for each item and you’ll be set for some delicious, healthy, homemade meals.

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