Having a fridge and/or freezer is one of the great luxuries of food storage in the modern age. Whether you have a stainless steel subzero that can make ice, water, and your favorite smoothie or you have something more classic and simple, it can seem nearly impossible to live without this appliance. However, one of the biggest challenges of the fridge/freezer is organization. So, here are few ways that you can make the most of your most important kitchen appliance.
1. Keep Daily-use Items On Top Shelf in Front
A key component of a refrigerator's organization is making sure that everything you need regularly is available quickly and easily. A great way to make sure that your fridge is well put together is to place daily use items front and center. Things like milk, eggs, juice, or water should be within arm's reach, ready to go at a moment’s notice. While other things that you may not need every day, like gourmet cheeses and pudding cups, can go back farther in the fridge to be retrieved when you are ready to use them. This is a simple tip, but you will be shocked to see how much of a difference it can make in keeping your fridge organized.
2. Label Where Everything Goes
Using labels in your refrigerator to designate where certain items will go is a great time saver and easy organization tactic. Labeling takes a lot of the guess work out of where stuff needs to go when you come home from grocery shopping.
This is an especially useful tip for parents who are teaching children how to help around the house or be more self-sufficient. Your kids can help unload the groceries without wondering where things should go, or they can make themselves lunch without completely messing up your food storage system.
Designating a proper place for everything will allow you to have foods and beverages ready to go whenever you need them. It may seem like overkill, but certain things will only fit in certain spaces within the appliance. Because people buy tend to buy the same things over and over again, knowing where those things are going to fit best can help keep your fridge the way that you like it. This takes the guesswork out of grocery day. Plus, it's an easy way to tell when you are out of something!
3. If You Don’t Need It Tonight, Put It in the Freezer
Freezers are made for things that are not ready for use right away. Whether it is a cut of steak reserved for dinner with the in-laws or frozen dinners for when you're just not wanting to cook, the freezer is where it all goes to rest until you're ready to devour it.
Packing your freezer to capacity with things like popsicles and ice cream makes the appliance less effective, as it takes up space you could be using for meal planning. Cutting down on snack foods that you'll eat infrequently or seasonally will free up space for items to be used in a more timely manner. This won't just help keep your freezer organized, but it will keep your fridge organized too, as all the "not yet" foods won't clutter up shelf space.
4. Stuff That Goes Bad Needs to Stay Low
Items that need to be used quickly, like raw meat or milk-based products, need to stay low so that it won't perish too quickly. Even though putting them on a lower shelf will keep their shelf life alive a little longer, you should try and use them up quickly so that they don’t go bad or get forgotten. Do this to help keep your fridge clean and free of odors in addition to more organized.
5. Know the Difference Between Crisp and Moist
The crisp drawer and moist drawer of your fridge are right beside each other. However, what they do and what they are meant to host are much different. The humid side of the fridge needs to have things like lettuce, tomatoes, and anything that needs a high amount of humidity so that it won’t turn brown and gross. Fruits such as apples, oranges, strawberries, and blueberries need something a little less humid to help them last longer.
Also, putting these items in their proper places will help them stay out of the way as you organize the rest of the refrigerator space.
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