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Earlier we talked about 13 Freezer Hacks To Cut Down On Food Wastage which was about using refrigeration to store and save food for future. So with storing food in refrigerator comes keeping the refrigerator clean and organized. Right?
If you are using it then you need to keep your fridge organized and clean. Having an organized fridge makes it so easy for us to find the required things or ingredients and make sure that some other item is not just left to rot in some compartment of the fridge. It makes us aware of the usage of foodstuff which is living the last days of its life so it does not get wasted.
I am pretty much sure that I don’t need to convince you much to keep your fridge organized. So I am just talking about the idea of taking a few easy steps to make it convenient for you to find things in the fridge. We will also talk about the best place for a particular foodstuff in the refrigerator. So let’s have a look at the different foodstuffs perfect place in the refrigerator and the easy hacks to keep it organized.
Keep liquid dairy products in the back of the fridge
Keep milk, yogurt, and other such liquid dairy products in the backside of the fridge on the lower shelf as they need to be stored at low temperatures as compared to other things.
The lower shelves are cooler than the upper ones. But it depends on the refrigerator, some have upper ones cooler. So check your refrigerator. The conclusion is keeping milk in the coolest part which is the backside on the shelves.
The bottom part (drawers and shelf, if any)
Don’t store meat above the veggies as it may contaminate them. If there is no other option, then put the meat in Ziploc bags, keep it in a plastic container to prevent leakage or drips and then store them in the fridge.
If you have two drawers one above the other, use the above one for storing vegetables and fruits and the lower one for keeping the meat. But, if the two drawers are sideways, then there is no problem at all. You can use either drawer for storing any of the two things.
You can even keep the meat in the freezer.
Non-dairy beverages and condiments on the door
Non-dairy beverages such as juice, alcohol, cold drinks and other canned beverages can be kept in the door. Unlike milk, these do not require the coolest place of the fridge for storage.
Keep butter and cheese in the topmost rack of the door.
Anti-skid fridge liners
Whenever something spills on the shelves in the fridge, it usually ends up making the entire rack messy and sometimes even the corners. The racks are difficult to clean and their corners are even more difficult when compared.
To keep the fridge shelves stain free and keeping it away from getting dirty, use anti-skid fridge liners. Line the shelves with these fridge liners and then keep the storage stuff on it as usual. These are very easy to clean. If something spills, just take it out (if necessary), clean it and then place it back. It is so much better than wasting your time cleaning the shelves.
You can even use disposable cling film or plastic wraps. When dirty, peel it and make way for it to the garbage.
Fridge monkey for wine bottles
It is advised to store the wine bottle on its sides so that the cork remains wet all the time. But when we keep it sideways, there is always a chance of the bottles rolling around.
The bottles can be kept intact in their position by using fridge monkey. Keep the bottle in the sideways position on it and the fridge monkey will prevent it from rolling as it has grooves meant for the purpose.
Keep things organized with sliding baskets having handles
Use fridge baskets to keep things organized. Categorize the items and keep like items in the same basket. This is so convenient. Just pull that section of stuff in one quick movement, use and then keep back. You can use different baskets for spices, flour, nuts, and dry fruits, etc and them label the place where you keep them.
Whenever you will take out two or more baskets together, you will keep them back at their own place after reading the labels. This will keep the fridge organized and it will be a lot easier for you to locate and access your requirements. Otherwise most of the times it happens that we end up exchanging the places to keep them.
You can ever label the other areas in the fridge such as the compartments of the door according to the item you keep them.
Use Ziploc bags
Use Ziploc bags for keeping gingers, chilies, some herbs, other such foodstuffs which can rot easily. To prevent spillage, you can empty open food packets in these Ziploc bags before keeping them in the refrigerator.
Make shelves from magazine holders
You can use magazine holders as shelves and use it for storing things. You can use this idea to organize your pantry as well.
Hang the magnetic stuff
Place a strong magnetic strip on the ceiling of your fridge and hang bottles attracted by a magnet and other such things. This helps in utilizing this space which otherwise might be left unused. Also, it saves the saves space which would have been utilized by the things which you hang.
A similar idea to the previous point. Use the space on the walls of the fridge by using magnetic containers. You can buy them from the market or even make your own by sticking some magnet on the container. This is a great idea for storing seeds, herbs, nuts, any other dry stuff which you need frequently.
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