Refrigerators in most households are an area where a fixed cleaning routine is difficult to maintain. The situation must have happened with a lot of people when on a fine day, they decided to deep clean the fridge and they get annoyed by the level of dirt, number of expired food stuffs and unpleasant odor coming from the fridge.
The other scenario that happens often is the fridge becomes full and you end up throwing away food stuff. Exactly knowing where to keep each different kind of food in the fridge is very important.
10 Fridge Systematization Tips
Refrigerating food products in the optimum range is vital to ensure that it remains safe to eat
1. You should know how to properly store specific food products
Each food product is different on the basis of several factors. For example - vegetables may get spoiled early compared to a sauce packet. Taking effort in understanding how to keep each food item fresh is really worth it.
Some of them are given below:
- Greens and fresh herbs:-They should be stored in a sealed bag, but why? Because this reduces oxygen flow and maintains nutritional value.before storing and wrap in a paper towel.
- Fresh produce and berries:-The motto is simple ,avoiding moisture keeps away mold growth.
- Citrus fruits:-Oxygen circulation allows citrus fruits to last longer so they should be stored in a mesh bag.
- Mushrooms:-Should be stored together in a paper bag
- Carrots:-We want maximum nutritional value, simple as that. But the leafy green tops on a carrot continue to suck the nutrients from the carrot as we store them, so we should cut off the leafy green tops before storing them.
- Cucumbers:-We should prevent the sogginess because of condensation due to excess water.To achieve this, thoroughly dry
2. Disposing off spoiled produce on time
A bit of chemistry comes into the picture here. When food starts to spoil, it starts emitting a hormone called ethylene, it is a natural ripening agent. This ethylene results in the faster ripening of surrounding food products ,resulting in spoiling faster. Don't procrastinate or postpone here , thinking that you will remove the spoilt product later, because the sooner you remove, the better it is.
3. Utilize the fridge door for keeping condiments and non dairy drinks
Which is the warmest place in the fridge? Yes it is the fridge door. So dressings, condiments, and non-dairy drinks (like juice) that keep well in warmer temperatures should be kept there.
4. Only two places to store meat
There are only two options to store your meat: in the freezer compartment or on the lowest shelf of the refrigerator, where it can’t drip onto any food. We’ll go a step further: Place a tray under the meat on that lowest shelf; it helps to contain any possible leaks and makes it super-easy to clean in case of spillage.
At NDfresh we sell fish and meat in vacuum sealed packaging which are properly named on each packet so that anyone can use it easily.We are helping you to reduce the chances of cross contamination to very minute levels by this simple step.
5. Installation of a Lazy Susan or Turntables
This point is not compulsory but it's actually worth it if you can apply it.
Most of the situations where food gets forgotten about is because it’s left in the back of the fridge or blocked by other items. Installing a device that rotates products in your fridge,helps you in such a way that you can see everything you have stored within a short time itself ,without the need of a deep clean.
6. Tracking leftovers
To avoid or decrease the chances of food spoiling in the fridge, what we can do is, specify or mark an "eat by"date on the containers. And now comes the real game,after specifying the eat by date,place them in the order of closer eat by date food products in the front. By this way we can easily use all those food products before they go bad.
7. Using bins in the fridge and also the freezer
Storing food in labeled bins in the fridge and freezer is a great way to organize. Placing similar types of products in the same bin will make retaking them easier .Another added advantage of this strategy is that we can get the inference of which food products we are using more by simply looking at which bins are getting emptied faster.
8. Easy to clean mats to ease your work
We all had that moment when we were irritated when we had to bend over and wipe to properly clean a spill inside the fridge. This also creates difficulty when we are deep cleaning the fridge.Lining your shelves with easy to clean mats helps protect your fridge’s built-in shelves and allows you to remove the mats and scrub them in the sink.
9. Where to keep it?
Items that require a higher temperature to cook should be kept on the bottom shelves. The main advantage you get by doing this is that, this prevents any cross contamination from drips or spills if they happen.
For faster and easier access, you can also keep your ready to eat meals leftovers on the top shelves. Lower crisper drawers should be filled with fruits and vegetables like cucumbers and bell peppers so that they are kept at a lower temperature and protected from any drips or raw meat.
10. The odor eliminator
Always keep an opened box of baking soda in your fridge ,this helps to eliminate odor. Note that you should replace the box every 3 months.
At NDfresh we always prioritize the convenience of customers and for that all of our food products are hygienically vacuum packed with labels so that anyone can easily keep them in the fridge in an organized and clean manner. Chances of cross contamination is very less and therefore we are making it simple for you to maintain a tidy and well arranged fridge. Buy our premium quality products online and get home delivered.