9 Rules of Storing Food in Your Fridge ...


When it comes to knowing how to organize your fridge for optimum operating efficiency and content longevity, there are some rules of storing food to follow.

You may think it’s just a case of throwing your food in and the fridge will do all the work when it’s more complicated than that – but not so complicated you can’t learn it quickly and follow the rules of storing food quite easily.

Food storage rules are all about avoiding cross contamination of fresh v processed, raw v cooked and making best use of the varying temperatures of areas of the fridge.2

1. Milk

I have never understood why manufacturers have designed fridges with the idea that we store milk in the door, because that is the area of the fridge that receives the greatest temperature fluctuations – i.e.

every time it is opened.

Many people also put milk on the top shelf where it is most accessible.

One of the basic rules of storing food is that milk should be kept on the bottom shelf, at the back, where it is coldest.

It will keep longer at the lowest temperatures and this will delay the growth of bacteria killed by the pasteurization process.

2. Dairy Products

For the same reasons as for milk, cream, yogurt and cottage cheese should also be kept on the bottom shelf.

They should be stacked in date use order.

The same doesn’t apply for hard cheese – that can pretty much be stored anywhere and some cheese experts also say it is best to remove hard cheeses from the fridge at least an hour before serving as they taste better at room temperature.

The recommendation for storing soft cheeses and butter is the door shelves/compartments because they do not need to be super-cold.

3. Orange and Other Fruit Juices

Most fruit juices can be stored in the fridge door because they are pasteurized.2

However, any freshly-squeezed juice should be placed on the bottom shelf.

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