How many times have you opened the refrigerator and struggled to find what you were looking for? Or what’s worse? Finding something in the back of the fridge that should have been thrown out a long time ago. If that scenario sounds familiar, it may be time to take a second look at how your refrigerator is organized. A well-thought out fridge “system” can make a huge difference in ease of cooking, energy bills and even the freshness of the food you and your family enjoy. Consider these tips for how to make best use of every inch of the refrigerator.

  • Learn the temperature zones. While it may seem like the fridge is one uniform temperature (cold, we hope!), the reality is that different sections vary slightly in terms of levels of cold. Check out this diagram from Business Insider. Store dairy and raw meat on the coldest shelf, in the back, for safety (butter and soft cheeses are fine on the door or top shelf). The middle rack is perfect real estate for leftovers and items that thrive with a consistent temperature, like eggs. Vegetables belong in the drawer with the highest humidity, whereas fruit belongs in the crisper, or low-humidity drawer.
  • Keep space in mind. In order for air to circulate properly around the items, be sure to give them plenty of room between each other. 
  • Label away! To make sure your whole family knows where everything is supposed to go, don’t be afraid to label shelves and drawers. Accordingly, you can label perishable containers with their open date to ensure safety (and decrowd the fridge once something expires).
  • Avoid buying double. Take a photo of the inside of the refrigerator before going grocery shopping and you will be more apt to remember what you already have.

 

In everything set them an example by doing what is good. Titus 2:7

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