Samsung Refrigerator - Organization tips and ideas
We know that your fridge plays a critical role in your family's diet. And the larger your family, the more food you will need. You probably don't think about it that much, but where you place food in the fridge can really affect how long the food lasts. Use these tips to organize your fridge and keep your food fresh.
The provided information refers to refrigerators sold in Canada.
Many people like to place items in the fridge door for quick and easy access. But this may not be the best thing for certain types of food. This is because the refrigerator's door is the warmest part of the fridge. When you open the door, these items are exposed to the warm outside air, which heats them up.
So you should only put items that don’t need to be very cold in the fridge's door bins, such as: condiments, butter, juice, cooking oils, water, and soda.
The upper shelves are the second warmest part of the fridge. This area can reach up to 40 degrees Fahrenheit, which is the ideal temperature for many foods. This makes it a good place to keep items that need to be cool but not overly cold. For example, have you ever had yogurt that somehow got frozen over? Storing certain items on the top shelf can prevent this while also keeping your food nice and cold.
Here are examples of food to store on the upper shelves: jam, jelly, cheese, leftovers, peanut butter, yogurt, and snacks.
If you've been following along, you can probably guess what we're going to say next: the lower shelves are the coldest part of the fridge. This makes it a great place to store items that spoil easily or are more likely to develop bacteria. The cold air naturally helps to preserve the food, so the bacteria won't grow as quickly.
Always store these items near the bottom of the fridge to prevent them from going funky: milk, eggs, raw fish, meat, and poultry.
Fruits and veggies have their very own special place in the fridge called crisper drawers. These drawers let you adjust the humidity depending on what kind of items you're storing. Vegetables like when the humidity is set to high, whereas fruits like it set to low. Usually, there are two crisper drawers available to help separate your produce.
But if you're still a little unsure of what goes where, here's a helpful list:
- The low-humidity drawer is recommended for mushrooms, peppers, summer squash, apples, grapes, pears, plums, avocados, peaches, and melon.
- The high-humidity drawer is recommended for herbs, cabbage, broccoli, green onions, leafy greens, and cauliflower.
You're probably inclined to put everything in fridge to help it last longer. However, your fridge can actually affect foods in different ways. For example, honey will crystallize in the fridge and bananas will take longer to ripen.
Here are some items you should NOT place in the fridge: bananas, bread, coffee, olive oil, onions, potatoes, honey, and berries.
Here are some other tips to help organize your fridge and get the most out of your food:
- Make sure to keep eggs in their original carton because this helps them last longer.
- Keep meats on trays or in sealed bags to prevent drippings from contaminating other foods.
- Although it can't go in the fridge, you may store bread in the freezer to help extend its shelf life a few weeks.
- You can place a small lazy Susan in the fridge to help store and organize containers for easy access.
- Large amounts of leftovers should be transferred to several small containers, so they’ll cool faster. You should also position them towards the front of fridge so you don't forget them.
- Do not overload the refrigerator. Overloading will block the venting and prevent proper cooling and cause frost build-up.
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