Mostly people think of their fridge as an almirah and keep anything anywhere they want. But this is not the right way. By keeping everything everywhere inside the refrigerator, we are making it prone to decay, mold, and bad odor.
If you know that your fridge is designed in a way so that you can store everything separately and make its optimal use. Here we bring to you some tips on how to store food correctly in the fridge, which will make your food last longer and stay healthy and fresh at the same time.
To maintain the freshness of the food for as long as possible, the most important thing to keep in mind is the temperature. The temperature for refrigerator should be between 0 to 4 Celsius and for the freezer, it should be below 0 Celsius. For storing meat, temperature should be -18 degrees Celsius. If the temperature for the refrigerator is set below 0 Celsius, then things stand the risk of rotting faster.
Proper storage and doors
Never keep hot food in the refrigerator. Wait for the food to settle at room temperature before keeping it in the fridge. The door of the refrigerator should not be opened very frequently as this allows warm air to get inside the refrigerator which will result in frost accumulation over the cooling system.
Storing food the right way
First up, if you want the food to stay fresh for longer, you need to start storing it the right way. Never store all the food items that you get from the grocery in the fridge. Food items like potatoes, onions and banana should not be kept in the fridge. Learn to keep the food items at their proper places in the refrigerator, doing so will help you find them easily and will also increase their life. Food should be stored in such a manner that there should be enough space between the food items so that cold air can move all around. Similar kinds of food items should be stored on the same shelf. Keeping different types of food together can make them rot due to gases emitted from them.
Storing fruits and vegetables
There are different shelves provided for storing vegetables and fruits, utilise them. Keeping fruits and vegetables together will do nothing but make them rot early. Also, never wash your fruits and vegetables before keeping them in the fridge – the moisture from the left water on them can cause them to rot early.
Storing dairy and leftover
The temperature of the fridge is coolest at the bottom. So, products like butter, cheese, curd and cream should be kept at the top as the temperature is most consistent here. Also, the foods that are not supposed to be cooked can be kept here, like leftovers. Don’t forget to use air tight containers to store the leftover food.
There is a big misconception that eggs remain best when stored in the egg tray. But the reality is that the egg tray is not the right place to store eggs. They should rather be stored in the original crate/box in which they come. The reason behind not storing the eggs on the door side egg tray is that the temperature varies on the sides when we open and close the fridge, which can make the eggs rot.
Meat is the most susceptible food when it comes to bacterial contamination. Meat should be stored at -18 Celsius. You should store the meat in deep freezer after get it, as at room temperature meat starts developing bacteria. FIFO system should be used for such food items. FIFO is “first in first out” and simply means you need to label your food with the dates you store them and put the older foods in front or on top so that you use them first. This system allows you to find your food quicker and use them more efficiently.
Storing bread and bakery
Baked cakes: Baked cakes and muffins either made at home or brought from outside can be kept in the fridge for a maximum of 3-4 days. These should be packed in plastic wraps before being kept in the refrigerator so that they don’t lose their moisture.
Cream cakes: Cream cakes can be stored up to a maximum of 2 days in the refrigerator. They should be stored in air tight container to keep them fresh.
Bread: Bread should not be kept in the fridge as the starch molecules in it begin to lose moisture and thus make the bread hard. Bread can be kept at room temperature for 2-3 days from their manufacturing.
– Similar foods should be stored on the same shelves as it gets easy to find them and will also reduces the time duration for which the fridge remains open.
– Things that we need the most should be stored at eye level so that it’s easy to find them.
– Leftover food should be kept in air tight container so that its odour does not pass on to other foods. This way it will also not lose its moisture.
– Never store fruits and vegetables in plastic bags as it can retain some moisture and make them rot faster.
– Chocolates should not be kept in the freezer. When chocolate goes straight from the freezer to room temperature, condensation takes place which alters its appearance and texture.