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We all have our own way of stocking a fridge. But if you put the right foods on the right shelf and have your fridge at the ideal temperature, you will get the most out of your fresh fruit and veg, meat and leftovers. How you package it is important as well. It’s also about food safety.
The ideal refrigerator temperature is 3°C, while the ideal temperature for the freezer is -18°C. Make sure that the fridge temperature is consistently at these levels. Here are tips to keep your family safe:
This is where the ready-to-eat packaged food goes – yogurt, cheese, spread, dips, jams
This one is perfect for cooked leftovers. Invest in some good food-grade containers with airtight lids. Once the meal is done, store the leftovers ideally within two hours of cooking them. Even your cooked meat should be on this shelf. Cool it down, but you can put it away even if the container feels slightly warm. Here’s the best way to store leftovers: Use a couple or more of small containers rather than one big one. Small containers will cool down faster, especially at the
This is the shelf that tends to be overloaded. We don’t want to throw away delicious, healthy home-cooked meals. But remember to consume them within 72 hours (or earlier) for best nutritional value, or freeze some portions to eat later. Don’t overstuff this shelf to the extent that it covers the cooling vent.
This one is best for the raw uncooked meat. This category of food has the highest chances of contaminating other foods. Being at the bottom prevents any fluid from the meat dripping to other shelves. Keep it in the original sealed packaging until you are ready to marinate or cook it. If you need to put the marinated meat back in the fridge, seal the container well, ensuring that nothing can drip out and contaminate other foods. This is very important: Do not store cooked food alongside raw uncooked meat. Make sure everyone in the family knows to avoid the last shelf to store anything other than raw meat.
Working out the best way to store your fruit and vegetables can be a bit tricky – because they all have a different ideal temperature. If you have a dual chiller, separate the fruit and veg – they give out different types of gasses, which can
Follow these rules and you will get the most out of the food you buy and cook.
And if you find your fridge is not keeping cool enough to keep your food safe despite changing the temperature, getting someone like Melbourne