The refrigerator is one of the most important appliances in your home. It is there to greet you at breakfast, welcomes the kids home for an after-school snack, stores all your fresh ingredients for dinner, and offers chilled refreshments after everyone has gone to sleep. It's estimated that the average family opens the door to their fridge about 50 times each day, but what many families see when they open the door is a cluttered and disorganised hodgepodge of ingredients.
A disorganised refrigerator makes food look less appetising and makes it harder to find what you need when it is time to cook. Worse still, many foods obscured in the back of the fridge are left to spoil and eventually be tossed in the trash. All that garbage adds up, with food worth $3.5 billion discarded every year in the UAE alone. In KSA, thrown-away food is the largest contributor to waste in landfills.
With a few simple adjustments, you can completely revitalise the interior of your fridge, save money and eliminate food waste. Read on for organisation tips and special Samsung refrigerator features that make it easy to keep your appliance neat and orderly.
Know where food types go
Many people don't know that there are ideal zones in your fridge for all kinds of food. Dairy products, such as milk and laban, go on the bottom shelf in the back of the fridge, where they stay coolest.
Fruits and veggies should be in the low and high humidity drawers, respectively, covered in packaging that allows for a bit of breathing room. Raw meat and deli cold cuts should be stored on the bottom shelf, where they stay cold and don't contaminate other food. Butter, condiments and cheese should be stored in the door compartment, where they stay slightly closer to room temperature.
Customise your temperature settings
If you're in the market to upgrade your appliance, opt for a Samsung refrigerator that has lots of temperature and humidity customisation options. Models like the Samsung Refrigerator T9000 FDR with Triple Cooling offers four doors and compartments, so you can keep atmosphere-sensitive food like leafy vegetables or ice cream at their ideal texture.
Make fast-spoiling food a visual priority
We've all been guilty of buying a fresh ingredient, only to forget about it and finding it mouldy or wilted two weeks later. If you pick up something that needs to be consumed right away before it gets spoiled, such as berries, Brazil nuts, cut veggies or fresh mezze, store those foods at the front of your refrigerator's shelf right at eye level. That way, when you scrounge around for a mid-afternoon snack, you know which delicious dishes would be best enjoyed today, not tomorrow.
Look for adaptable shelving
Have you ever tried to force an odd-sized item like a tall glass pitcher or large cake box into your fridge, only to find that you have to move everything out just to accommodate it? Never precariously balance a tall or wide item in your limited fridge space again with adjustable shelves. Samsung refrigerator models like the Samsung Refrigerator RH9000H with Food Showcase offer Slide & Fold shelves that disappear into the fridge's back wall when you need to store something out of the ordinary.
Sort everything in transparent organisers
If you dread cleaning off old spills and splatters from inside your fridge every few months, this tip is for you: transfer your food into see-through plastic fridge organisers. Available from home and container stores, these sturdy bins allow you to easily organise and label food categories while containing any messes that may happen. If something spills, simply empty a few items out of one container and rinse it out – much more efficient than scrubbing down the whole appliance. This is also a helpful solution for dividing up storage for members of the family that may have food allergies, medications that need to stay cool, or food for special dietary requirements.
Enjoy more leftovers
Many families in the Gulf are accustomed to cooking for lots of people, which can result in leftover food that can be finished off later in the week. However, even cooked food doesn't last indefinitely – for your safety and health, most dishes should be refrigerated for about four days max. Stock up on sealed food containers in different sizes to fill up with leftovers. Before you store them on the middle shelf, be sure to label the containers with the dish type and date, so you know when it's time to consume something while it is at its freshest.