How to Keep Your Fridge Organized!
For some, a dirty kitchen is impossible to work in. Stoves must be spotless, countertops must be clear, and Fridge organized neatly. They can’t even start thinking about prepping a meal unless everything is clean and tidy. It's individuals like this who have given us their top tips so you can keep your fridge organized. They firmly believe that a more organized refrigerator leads to a more perfect kitchen workspace.
Particularly in tiny kitchens, organization and cleanliness is of the utmost importance. In bigger kitchens, with lots of counterspace, it's tempting to load that counterspace up with items, so you don't have to dig around for it in cabinets. Then again, if your cabinet space isn't being utilized properly, this becomes almost unavoidable. But the organization of cabinets is for another day.
Today we are going to organize your fridge!
FIFO (First IN – First OUT)
Before we talk about organization, never forget the FIFO method of storing food. FIFO (first in – first out) refers to the rotation of condiments, old leftovers, meat, fresh produce, dairy, etc. When something goes in the fridge, it should go towards the back and older items should be brought towards the front so that they are used first.
Now let's move along to organization.
Everything Needs a Label
All you need here is a sharpie and a roll of painter’s tape. Whether you're putting something in your fridge in a Ziploc bag or in a plastic container, write a label for it and stick it on there. You may even want to include a date.
Separate Certain Vegetables and Fruits
Kiwis, pears, passionfruit, mangoes, stone fruits, apples, and more (ethylene producing foods), encourage decomposition of other fruits and vegetables such as avocados, eggplant, lettuce, cucumbers, carrots, broccoli, etc. Try to keep them separate so that your other foods won't decompose faster.
Soft Herbs Should Be Treated Delicately
To avoid things like fresh basil turning brown and soggy, try putting some water in a mason jar and placing it in there for storage in your fridge. Just use a plastic bag to loosely cover the jar.
Some Pantry Products Do Well in the Fridge
Particularly if you’re short on space in your pantry, or don't have a pantry, things like nut and whole-grain flours, nut and soymilks, organic nut butters, maple syrup, and soy sauce can be kept in your fridge rather than your pantry. Yeast can be included in this! Some people like to keep sugars and flours in their fridge/freezer because it eliminates the bug problem so frequently associated with them.
Dairy and Eggs
Though there's a spot for eggs on the door of many refrigerators, experts suggest that things like yogurt, cream, milk, eggs, and other dairy products be kept on the top shelf of your refrigerator. They’re better when kept constantly cold.
Make Your Limes and Lemons Last
In a sealable plastic bag, put a little bit of water. Then put your lemons or limes in there. They could last for up to a month as opposed to spoiling quickly out on your countertop. If you think the bag might leak, lay it in a bowl or shallow dish.
Put Fish and Meat Down Low
Uncooked fish or meat products should be kept in the coldest part of the fridge – the bottom drawer. To extend their shelf life a little, remove them from the packaging they came in and store them in foil. Within four days of purchase, use them up.
If You Use It Together – Store It Together
This is pretty self-explanatory. But if you use several things from your fridge together frequently (in one dish or together in one meal), store them close together so that you don't have to search throughout your entire fridge every time you make that meal or dish.
Refrigeration Units from Ancaster Food Equipment
Though most of the above applies to home refrigerators, organization can be a big problem in industrial refrigeration and freezer units as well. To assure every spot in your freezer or refrigeration unit keeps food at the proper temperatures, go with a high-quality unit. At Ancaster Food Equipment, we sell only the best refurbished refrigeration and freezer equipment.
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