How to organise your fridge

The fridge is one of our favourite places to visit – unless a food shop needs to be done and it’s empty, that is. It stores so many of our essentials, but can often become cluttered with a whole range of fruit and veg, condiments, leftovers, snacks, half-full jars of ingredients you used for one recipe and never again – you know what we mean.

The best way to keep track of what’s in the fridge is to organise it. Organising the fridge means you save money, time and energy. You won’t always end up buying as much when you can clearly see all that you have, and you won’t have to spend half the time moving things out of the way to get to what you want.

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So how are you supposed to organise a fridge? Well, appliance brand Bosch says cooked foods, ready-to-eat meals, deli meats, baked items, and leftovers should be kept on the top shelf where the average temperature will be between 5 and 8 degrees Celsius.

The middle shelf is for dairy products like milk, cheese, yoghurt and butter. The temperature here should be about 5 degrees. Yes, it turns out that ideally milk should actually be kept on the middle or bottom shelf rather than the fridge door, as opening and closing it all the time means the milk is susceptible to fluctuating temperatures.

The temperature on the bottom shelf is closer to zero, so it’s best to keep raw meat and fish there. It’s important to keep cooked and raw foods separate, and keep raw meat and fish well-wrapped, too. Fresh fruits like avocados, bananas, nectarines, peaches, pears, plums and tomatoes should all stay out of the fridge because they release gasses which can spoil other foods according to Beko.

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The fridge door is best for drinks and condiments that have been opened, like sauces and jams. However, professional organiser Vicky Silverthorn reminds us that everyone’s fridge should be catered to them and how they live – if you can’t exactly follow the guidelines above, that’s ok, as long as you have a fridge set-up that works for you.

‘Fridges should be organised neatly, mainly to avoid waste,’ she says. ‘I ignore the guidelines and put my vegetables on a shelf at head height so they are the first thing I see when I open my fridge.’

Vicky also uses glass storage containers to store fresh food, mainly fruit and vegetables, which she feels help to make them last longer. The containers can be stacked so you get more out of the space and find what you need more easily. But if you didn’t want to invest in storage containers, you could use the humidity drawers that tend to come in most fridges anyway.

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