Americans waste around 40% of all edible food in the country every year! With this astonishing fact, we can only blame ourselves for the average of 20 pounds a month of spoiled food per household.
So how can we all reduce food spoilage and waste? Let’s all take a sneak peak in to our own refrigerators and see how our food is organized! About 2/3 of waste is from spoiled food not stored properly.
So here are 11 tips to help you organize your fridge to help food last longer and reduce waste.
Keep the fridge temperature at 40°F or lower.
Store all of the diary products on the top shelf in the back of the fridge. It is the coldest part of the fridge and it will protect them from temperature changes.
Do not transfer eggs to the egg container in the fridge because they absorb other food odors. Just keep them in their original carton. Store them where temperature is most consistent, mostly the middle shelf.
Deli meats are best in a fridge drawer because it is slightly colder than the rest of the fridge. If the fridge does not have a drawer for storage, then keep the meat on the bottom shelf and wrap it tightly.
Store vegetables in the top drawer because the purpose of this drawer is to let in a bit of humidity, which will keep them fresher, longer.
Do not store tomatoes, onions, or potatoes in the fridge. To keep their flavor, store them out in the open so they receive fresh air.
Store fruit in the bottom drawer, where there is lower humidity. Fruit can be placed in plastic bags to ensure longer life. Do not keep them close to the meats. Now that you know how to store it, learn how to keep it fresh.
All meat like chicken and beef can go in the bottom shelf and keep them all tightly wrapped!
Place condiments such as salad dressings, ketchup, and mayonnaise, on the fridge door. The high amount of vinegar and salt in the condiments will act as natural preservatives, so it will keep them lasting longer no matter the amount of times the door opens.
Butter and cheese are perfect in the dairy compartment on the door because they don’t need to be very cold. This compartment is one of the warmest parts of the fridge, so this works perfect.
Milk should be stored on the bottom shelf all the way in the back, where it is coldest. Any pasteurized juice can be stored on the door, but any fresh juices needed to be stored on the bottom shelf.
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