December 27, 2018
Everything in your fridge probably has its place. We don’t just fit everything in and hope that nothing falls out when we open the door. Instead, we place them on certain shelves even if we do have to be creative with space sometimes.
We’ve been taught that food needs to go in a certain order when it comes to the fridge and this is why we do it. But what if you’ve been organizing your fridge wrong for your whole life?
Indeed, sometimes we put food on certain shelves that could be reducing its shelf life. So the way you’re storing things in your fridge might be partially responsible for the amount of food that you throw away. This is why you should be careful storing your food so that you can actually cook it using your brand new Expertise pots and pans gifted by your mother in law last Ramadan.
So what are we storing incorrectly in our fridges?
Everyone knows that milk goes in the fridge door, right? Wrong! Storing your milk in the door of your fridge is the wrong place because the door is the warmest part of the fridge. Your milk needs to be kept nice and cold or you will end up accidentally drinking a slightly sour cup of coffee in the morning before the expiry date has been reached. Just store your milk on the middle shelf of your fridge and it will stay fresh for longer.
Like milk, we might keep cheese in the little compartments in the fridge door. However, cheese should be kept as cold as possible so place your hard cheeses on the middle shelf next to your milk. And remember, fresh cheese means delicious mac n cheese for dinner so it should not be spoiled!
The same goes for yoghurts and eggs, so keep this shelf as a primarily dairy shelf. However, butter and soft cheeses can go in the fridge door as this will stop them from going too hard.
If you’re storing your raw meat and fish on the bottom shelf of your fridge, you’re right. This is the best and coldest part of the fridge, so no risk of juices dripping onto other food, which causes dangerous contamination. It is also important to package it all up so it’s totally sealed so it will stay edible for longer.
Any that is already cooked such as chicken kabsa leftovers should stay on the top shelf of your fridge. This shelf has the most consistent temperature, which ensures that bacteria does not grow too quickly.
Now that you know where everything should be going in your fridge, it’s time to get rearranging!