Believe it or not, there is a better way to organize your fridge. These tips help diminish cross contamination and boost food safety. Also, I like to use this method because it reduces food waste. It’s a simple system that most professional kitchens follow. Use these tips for a well-organized fridge.
First, let’s start with the top shelves. This is what we usually see as soon as we open the fridge door. That’s why it is best for leftovers and drinks. I hate throwing away food and keeping the leftovers front and center helps prevent waste.
Middle Shelves and Drawers
Next, the middle shelves are best for grab and go type foods. This includes snacks, yogurt, and cottage cheese. Also, I like to keep water glasses with fresh herbs on this shelf. The middle drawer is best for cheese and deli meats.
The bottom shelves are best for raw meats. This way, they will not drip and contaminate the rest of your food. Just be sure that it is thoroughly wrapped. If you prefer, you can dedicate a plastic bin especially for meat.
The lower drawers are made especially for produce. Keep all your fruits and vegetables here for maximum freshness. When I get home from the grocery store, I like to wash most of my produce, so it is easy to use throughout the week. The only exceptions are berries and mushrooms. If you wash these ahead of time they will mold. Otherwise, I really like the convenience of prewashing produce.
Since the door is the warmest part of your refrigerator, do not keep anything here that will spoil easily. Therefore, I like to keep sauces, condiments, and pickles on the door. Also, tall juice jugs, iced tea pitchers, and cold brew coffee fit well on the door.