Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Tuesday's Tips, Tricks and Tid-Bits ~ What to Store Where in Your Fridge

Last week I did a post on what to NOT store in your fridge.  I even surprised myself at some of the things I found doing research for that post.  Who knew potatoes shouldn't be store in the fridge??

This week I'd like to focus on what to store where in your fridge.  What should go in the door of your fridge?  What should go in the top or the bottom of the fridge?   Keep reading for a few tips that will keep all your goods fresh as long as possible.

EGGS You know that cute little egg crate that comes fitted into the door of so many refrigerators?  Stay away!  The last thing you want to do with your eggs is take them out of their container or put them in the door of your fridge.

Eggs have very porous shells which can absorb flavors from other foods in your fridge if they are not stored in a container.  And while I'm sure you love that leftover lasagna from last night, I doubt you want your scrambled eggs you make the next morning to taste like it.

It's also important to note that it's not a good idea to store your eggs in the door at all, regardless of what container you store them in.  With the door being constantly opened and closed, the temperature of items stored there can vary quite a bit.  Anything stored there also gets jostled around a lot.  And for eggs that can mean that the whites of them thin out from all of the banging around.

FRUIT AND VEGETABLES Store these in the lower drawers.  Always make sure to store like with like (i.e. grapes with grapes), as fruits and veggies give off different gases.  Also make sure not to wash them before refrigerating them.  Water can make them mold and rot more quickly than they would otherwise.

MEAT It's best to place meat (especially uncooked meat) in the lower shelf of your refrigerator.  If the packaging were to be punctured and any juices were to spill, you risk the contaminated juice (uncooked meat carries bacteria) dripping down all over everything else and rendering it useless.

DAIRY You want to store your dairy (milk, cheese, cream, etc) in the place with the most consistent temperature.  For most fridge this means the top and middle shelves.

CONDIMENTS These items are usually a bit more durable and have a longer shelf life.  Use your refrigerator door for storing these products.

Also make sure to not stuff your refrigerator too full!  Too many items can hamper the air flow and throw the temp out of whack (that sounds very scientific, huh?).

Happy Tuesday!!

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