Get your fridge in order – tips for storing your food properly
Stocking up your fridge properly is a skill that needs to be perfected. Believe it or not, there’s a perfect spot for everything. Here, we’ll tell you where to put the milk, marmalade etc. and how to clean out your fridge properly.
The upper cooling zone: 5 ° C to 8 ° C
As we all know, warm air rises to the top, so bear this in mind when filling up your fridge. The top shelf is always the warmest, so you should store any food that has already been opened in this area. Also, if you have any leftovers, you should store these here too.
Medium cooling zone: 4 ° C to 5 ° C
If you want to use your fridge properly, you should also make sure to put all of your dairy products in the middle cooling zone, that way your yoghurt, cheese and cream will stay fresh for longer. Also, contrary to popular belief, your opened milk cartons should not be kept in the door of the refrigerator but on the middle shelf instead.
Lower cooling zone: 2 ° C to 3 ° C
It's best to store food that perishes quickly on the bottom shelf, just above your vegetable drawer. Make sure to put your fish, meat or sausages here.
The vegetable compartment: 9 ° C to 12 ° C
It’s actually quite mild in the vegetable compartment, between 9° C and 12° C. Most of your fruits and vegetables will stay crisp and fresh in this part of your refrigerator for a long time. But, beware! Not every fruit and vegetable belongs in the fridge. To find out more about storing your fruits and vegetables properly, click here.
If you want to make best use of your fridge then you should definitely use the freezer too.The freezer is usually set at -18 ° C and, as such, is the optimum space for storing your frozen products. You can even use your freezer to store fresh meat or fish as it’ll keep for a long time. Beer and sparkling wine, however should never be stored in the freezer! But, if you have drinks with an alcohol content of 40% or more, you can put them in your freezer compartment so you can serve ice-cold drinks whenever you like.
The refrigerator door
The fridge door is a bit warmer than the vegetable compartment, here you can store your eggs, drinks, butter and marmalade. Again, just make sure that if you need to store any perishable food here, move it onto the upper shelves of the door.
Clean your fridge properly
Of course, it’s not enough just to put all of your food in the right places in your frige if you want to use it properly, you need to give it a good clean on a regular basis.
Ideally, you should wipe your refrigerator thoroughly every four to six weeks and take out any food that has expired or gone off. To give your fridge a good clean, do the following:
• Turn your fridge off and unplug it from the wall.
• Take out all of the food and dispose of all of the products that have gone off straight away.
• Then, pull the fridge away from the wall and use a vacuum cleaner to clean the metal grid on the back.
• Get a cotton bud and use it to clean the condensation drainage hole on the inside rear wall of the unit.
• Now, remove all of the shelves and drawers and clean them in the sink with some washing up liquid.
• To clean the walls just wipe them down with a soft cloth. For best results, you can use an all-purpose cleaner or some water with lemon juice or vinegar. It is particularly important to clean the seals, as dirt can collect here very quickly.
• And there you have it, all done! And, even better, now you know how to use your fridge space properly and can restock it so that each food is in its right place.
You should also defrost and clean your freezer at least twice a year. Before you do this, make sure that your freezer is as empty as possible. We recommend placing a pot full of hot water inside to speed up the defrosting process. Also make sure that you don’t try to forcefully remove the ice from the walls, as this will damage the inside walls of your freezer. When the freezer compartment is completely defrosted, you can clean it and restock it.
So, when will you be making a date with your fridge-freezer?