Cool Fridge Hacks To Keep Your Cool!
By Pooja Tiwari Mishra
2 Min. Read
Do you know which compartment of your refrigerator is coldest or do you know how to use your refrigerator to keep your groceries green and the perishables last longer? Have you always wondered if you are using your refrigerator correctly? Hmm! yes, that’s what we thought! The refrigerator has become the most important appliance of the kitchen and here are some kick-ass storage hacks to ease your life around the kitchen.
Life has become very busy and fast that everyone is just struggling to find the time. People hardly get time to spend in the kitchen or cook every day and everything they bring in bulk from the market is instant food, raw food, vegetables, fruits, and milk. Most of these are Perishable and likely to get spoilt or become unsafe to consume if not kept refrigerated at 40 °F or below or frozen at 0 °F or below. Learning these basic refrigerator storage hacks can help you to keep your food supply safe and healthy.
1. Expiration dates are not what you think!
Most consumers believe that expiration dates on packed food indicate how safe the food is to consume, but these dates aren’t related to the risk of food poisoning or foodborne illness. Some dates simply inform retailers when products are at their best for freshness, taste, and texture.
Hence, storing them in the fridge can make the foods last longer because remember that, if you freeze something, it will last indefinitely, even if not at peak freshness, taste or texture. Still, if something smells rotten, looks curdled or has changed color, do not hesitate to toss it in the trash!!
2. Save the perishables
Modern refrigerators have a door to access frequently retrieved & perishable foods such as milk cartons in a pull-out drawer that is available without opening the main door. Use it to store the frequently retrieved/perishable items.
“Some jars and bottles need to be kept in the fridge once they’ve been opened – check the label and follow storage instructions as storing them appropriately helps in controlling the bacterial growth.”
3. Fridge doors aren’t the coldest
Fridge door shelves don’t maintain a consistent temperature and are often warmer than the rest of the fridge. Thus, eggs, dairy products should never be stored in the fridge door, instead, they must be kept at the back of the fridge shelf, where it’s coldest.
4. Wrap your leftovers
Leftovers should be stored in airtight containers or durable wrapping & then placed on the top shelves for consistent chilling. It’s important to keep the food in airtight containers to prevent odor leakage.
Cling wraps are life savers! But if you follow a sustainable lifestyle and do not want to litter the earth, Bee’s Wrap might be your answer! This reusable food wrap is made from beeswax and fabric. Bee wrap is great for wrapping cheese, halves of fruits & covering jars and bowls. Store the leftovers separately in smaller containers. Smaller containers result in faster cooling.
Shop cool container and wrap
5. You shouldn’t refrigerate these foods
The chilly fridge air can have negative effects on certain foods. It can speed up the spoiling process, change the flavours and consistency. Potatoes, onions, garlic, citrus fruits, bread, pastries, spices, eggs, butter, tomatoes, bananas, stone fruit, spices, honey, peanut butter, apples, eggs, butter, condiments, dressings, soy sauce and hot sauce, coffee should never (or rarely) be refrigerated.
“Don’t freeze the stuff that doesn’t need chilling. Keep your refrigerator reserved for essential items.
A refrigerator is NOT a cupboard.”
6. Keep the greens green!
To keep your greens green here are some hacks:-
Paper towels: After washing and drying the leafy vegetables lay them out on paper towels, then roll up and place in re-useable bags and press out as much air as possible and seal the top before you place it in the drawer of the refrigerator. The paper towels absorb excess moisture and stop them from getting slimy, and the sealed bag keeps excess air from circulating in and out.
All the fresh herbs can be stored upright in a tall glass of fresh water, covered with a bit of bee wrap.
Store separately: Products that emit high levels of ethylene gas, including ripe bananas, apples, and stone fruits
Store individually: Ethylene-sensitive products, including broccoli, leafy greens, and the likes.
7. Not maintaining an organised fridge
There are several compartments in a typical refrigerator. Know them & use them accordingly:-
Main Compartment: The main compartment is where the bulk of the food is stored, and there are several shelves as well.
Lower shelves: On the lower shelves, the temperature tends to be the coldest. You can store dairy & poultry products here.
Top shelves: The upper shelves also tend to have the most consistent temperature. This is good for protecting those foods that spoil easily from going bad.
8. Food your fridge over freeze
Over-freezing can completely alter the taste and texture of your food. Here’s a tip to avoid it! Check your fridge’s temperature settings. The ideal temperature range for the interior of your fridge is 38-42°F.
Most fridges have a cooling vent above the top shelf, where most of the cold air comes from, so keeping food away from here may prevent over-freezing.
We hope these “cool” hacks will help you to optimize the room in your refrigerator so you can store more and “chill” without care!