If your vegetables are limp, you're tossing out yogurt every week and your milk tastes like onions or garlic, it might be time to re-think that refrigerator. You know that feeling you have when you open the door to a clean refrigerator to put the groceries away? Well, let's replay that scene.
Did you know that restaurants and professional kitchens organize their refrigerators based on the temperature foods need to be cooked at? Well, they do. And, we've learned that shelves are cooler than doors.
Organize the Zones: Upper Shelves: Milk, drinks and ready-to-go foods such as yogurt and cheese should be stored on shelves. Remember this is the coldest part of the refrigerator. Lower Shelves: Leftovers and the ingredients for tonight's dinner. Keep raw meat wrapped to protect drawers from meat juices and contamination. Meat Drawers: A good place to keep deli meats, bacon and sliced cheeses. These are usually temperature controlled, so use a cold setting. Larger Drawers: Designate one drawer for veggies and one for fruits. Stick to the rule and don't cross-pollinate here. Foods will stay fresher longer. When storing cut onions, use zip storage bags or food containers. Doors: These are the warmest part of the fridge. Condiments are best stored here.
Last, but not least...Be sure to also keep your fridge coils clean. This cuts down on energy and will keep your fridge from humming along with the latest tune.
Now that we have organizing down, we have two words for keeping your refrigerator clean. Fridge. Coasters. These are like the greatest thing since sliced bread. Just line your fridge with them to keep drawers and bins clean from drips and spills. Fridge coasters are made in the USA and the company is family owned and operated by the nicest couple. Love that.