Food & Recipes

This Is How You Should Organize Your Fridge To Keep Food Fresh

Uh oh. We've definitely been storing some food in the wrong spots.

Does anyone really pay attention to all the labels on the compartments of the refrigerator? Well, apparently we should be.

Temperatures vary throughout the refrigerator and so certain spots are better suited for certain foods. Storing food in the suggested locations will maximize freshness. And when food stays fresh longer, food waste is reduced and your family is better protected from food borne illnesses, according to Consumer Reports. So here you go—a handy list of what goes where and why.

The Door

According to Consumer Reports, this is the ideal location for foods that can handle slightly warmer conditions. When the refrigerator is opened on a hot day, these are the first items to be exposed. This makes the door the ideal location for condiments, beverages and oils.

Meat/Deli Drawer

This spot requires special attention because typically the temperature here can be adjusted according to what is being stored in the drawer. When placing cured meats here, it is advisable to keep the setting as low as possible. Such items include hot dogs, lunch meat and bacon.

Crisper Drawers

These drawers will also likely be adjustable. The difference is here you will be controlling the humidity level, not the temperature. Consumer Reports suggests higher humidity for vegetables likely to wilt and lower humidity for fruits.

Lower Shelf

This is the center of the refrigerator and boasts the lowest temperatures, making it the safest place for items such as milk, eggs, and raw meat. This colder area should store any food which may be vulnerable to harmful bacteria growth.

Upper Shelf

This location carries some of the highest temperatures in the refrigerator and are to be used  for ready-to-eat foods such as leftovers, cheeses and yogurts.

Photo by Barbara Raskauskas