Six tips for keeping your fridge clean, tidy and working

Christel Deskins

Fridges are essential for storing fresh food and raw ingredients which is vital given that Brits are shopping less and relying on leftovers more. In addition, the rise of Marie Kondo and the ‘cleanfluencer’ has shown that fridges aren’t just functional they can be beautiful too. So, FoodSaver has created […]

Fridges are essential for storing fresh food and raw ingredients which is vital given that Brits are shopping less and relying on leftovers more.

In addition, the rise of Marie Kondo and the ‘cleanfluencer’ has shown that fridges aren’t just functional they can be beautiful too.

So, FoodSaver has created the six top tips to help us create aesthetically pleasing, organised fridges and share practical advice on how to store food properly to ensure it stays fresher for longer.

Keeping it cool Experts say we should set our fridges to 5°C or below as this the optimum temperature for storing food. Maintaining this temperature is vital as even a slight change will result in some foods going off. Your fridge should also be a spill-free zone. Spillages lead to germs which can accelerate the speed to which food goes off. Make sure you’re keeping on top of any spillages so your fridge stays sparkling clean and germ-free.

Storing leftovers

Leftovers are ideal for those with busy lifestyles but make sure you’ve allowed the food to cool first before putting it in the fridge. Putting hot food directly into the fridge causes condensation which prevent the appliance from cooling properly. Ideally, we should leave our leftovers to cool for 1-2 hours. Then make sure the food is sealed in an airtight container, such as a FoodSaver Fresh Food Container before placing it in the fridge. Avoid leaving perishable cooked food at room temperature for more than 2 hours to prevent the risk of harmful bacteria growing. When storing leftovers, divide individual meals into small, flat containers. This will help keep food fresh, even in the middle. FoodSaver also has handy zipper bags which are great for storing open cooked meats, avocados and cheese.

Time it right

Remember to eat your leftovers within 2 days otherwise bacteria could start to grow and cause cross-contamination in the fridge. Vacuum sealing is a great solution for making cooked food last longer. FoodSaver’s Handheld Vacuum Sealer has a simple, one-push mechanism which creates an air-tight seal to lock-in food freshness, flavour and nutrients, to minimise food waste, help save money and keep refrigerated foods – such as meats, cheese and vegetables – fresher for longer.

Clear it out

Before overhauling your fridge organisation, make sure you’re you’ve thrown away any items which are out of date. If you have more than one something, arrange the items on the shelf so those with the nearest sell by date are at the front and easily grabbable. This couldn’t be more convenient when you’re preparing food and helps prevent food waste and saves money.

Stack it up

Using stackable, clear containers is a great way to maximise fridge space and make it look good too. All FoodSaver® containers are made from BPA free, Tritan material which means they are crack, stain and odour resistant.

A perfect solution for organised cooks, the FoodSaver® Fresh Containers are stackable and nestable for enviable fridge organisation. Better still, their crystal-clear design, ensures the contents are easily visible, enabling you to keep track of the contents of the fridge and cut down the propensity of your weekly shop.

Adding labels to the containers will ensure everything is accessible and aesthetically pleasing.

Creating zones

When organising your fridge, consider each shelf to be a separate zone which should be used to store specific items. For example, the top shelf is the warmest part of the fridge so is an ideal place to store leftovers as opposed to fresh ingredients. Give fresh meat and fish their own shelf at the bottom of your fridge, where it’s usually coldest to ensure they stay fresh and cool.

Always store products, such as eggs milk, yoghurt, cheese and cream, in the containers they came in on lower/middle shelves. Keep dairy products separate from other food and drink in the fridge. A great place to store milk, yoghurt and cheese is in the door compartments, which receive a good circulation of cold air.

As fresh fruits and vegetables normally have the shortest use by dates, it’s important they’re kept in the coldest part of the fridge, which is usually at the bottom, in the salad tray. Keep different fruits and vegetables together in separate bags or containers. Fresh fruits and vegetables produce gases, which can cause others to deteriorate more quickly.

Fresh produce, which is susceptible to drying out, should be kept in unsealed bags or wraps, to retain moisture whilst allowing air to circulate. Finally don’t wash fruits and vegetables before refrigerating, as the excess moisture can cause them to go mouldy more quickly.

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