Tips for an organized Samsung refrigerator

Opened Samsung fridge filled with neatly organized food

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.

Store items that don't spoil easily in the door bins

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:

Right side door of a Samsung fridge filled with condiments, juice, and soda
  • Condiments

  • Butter

  • Juice

  • Cooking oils

  • Water

  • Soda

Keep things cool on the upper shelves

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:

Upper shelves of a Samsung fridge with snacks, yogurt, and containers of leftovers
  • Jam and jelly

  • Cheese

  • Leftovers

  • Peanut butter

  • Yogurt

  • Snacks

Place dairy and meat on the lower shelves

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:

Lower shelves of a Samsung Fridge with eggs, salad, vegetables, and containers of leftovers
  • Milk

  • Eggs

  • Raw fish, meat, and poultry

Crisper drawers help produce last longer

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:

Crisper drawers inside a Samsung fridge, containing fruits and vegetables

    Low-humidity drawer

  • Mushrooms

  • Peppers

  • Summer squash

  • Apples and grapes

  • Ripe pears and plums

  • Ripe avocados, peaches, and melon

    High-humidity drawer

  • Herbs

  • Cabbage

  • Broccoli

  • Green Onions

  • Leafy Greens

  • Cauliflower

Things not to put in refrigerator

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

  • Berries

Other tips

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 the fridge so you don't forget them.

  • Some foods can get pretty smelly, but storing them in airtight containers keeps those smells from getting into other foods, the rest of your fridge, or even your kitchen.

  • If you store leftovers at eye level, you're more likely to notice them and remember to eat them before they go bad!

  • Make sure you're following the USDA's recommendations for leftovers and food safety.

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