Here are some rules that must be observed so that your food can last longer when stored in the refrigerator.
1. Pay attention to the temperature of the refrigerator
It is very important to pay attention to the temperature of the refrigerator before storing food in it. It must be ensured that the refrigerator is at 5º Celsius or lower in order to inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria in stored food.
Use a refrigerator thermometer to determine the correct temperature. Also check the temperature regularly at least once a week in the morning. To keep the refrigerator temperature stable, also make sure the refrigerator door is always tightly closed. Do not leave the refrigerator door open for too long.
It is not allowed to store too much food in the refrigerator because this habit can hinder air circulation in it. As a result, the food is not fresh anymore or even stale quickly. If the refrigerator is already full, lower the temperature to keep the temperature inside cool.
Also, do not place hot food in the refrigerator as this can increase the temperature of the refrigerator. You have to wait until the food/drink is cold.
2. Store food according to its type
Inside the refrigerator has several shelves. Each shelf is ideally arranged according to the type of food. So do not mix one type of food with other foods.
Foods such as raw meat and fish should be stored in airtight containers in the freezer section. In addition, you should avoid storing eggs behind the refrigerator door because this can actually make them go bad quickly. Yes, the refrigerator door is normally opened and closed throughout the day.
Well, this condition makes the eggs experience temperature changes when you open and close them. Therefore, to keep your eggs fresh and durable, you need to place them in the refrigerator where the temperature is much more stable.
3. Clean the refrigerator regularly
Clean the refrigerator regularly, especially the handles, shelves and storage compartments. But before cleaning it, you should remove all food or drinks that are in the refrigerator.
Wash all surfaces thoroughly with a special cleaning liquid, then rinse thoroughly. After that, make sure the surface of the refrigerator is dried thoroughly with a clean cloth. Never use cleaning products that can actually damage the refrigerator.
At least once a week, check all the food in the refrigerator . And also make sure that there are no food and drinks in the refrigerator that have expired or are not fit for consumption anymore.
How to Arrange Food in the Fridge
1. Get rid of everything you don’t need
The first step in organizing the contents of the refrigerator is to remove all the contents of the refrigerator that are no longer used, such as expired sauce bottles, vegetables or fruit that are not fresh or meat that has decreased in quality. Pay close attention to each ingredient.
2. Use the base on the refrigerator shelf
Give a base with a bright motif on each part of the refrigerator shelf to avoid spilling juice or splattered jelly. The use of pedestals on the shelves will enhance the appearance of the refrigerator while keeping the refrigerator shelves clean.
3. Use the container in the refrigerator
The use of containers in the refrigerator so that all food ingredients can be stored neatly. This way, you can immediately find out what ingredients are out of stock and need to be purchased without having to rummage through the refrigerator. Another idea for kids is to put kid’s snacks on the bottom shelf of the refrigerator so they can easily pick them up on their own.
4. Use labels on each shelf
In addition to using containers in the refrigerator, add name tags to make it easier to organize. So that after buying groceries you can immediately put them in a place that matches the name. You can even ask the kids for help putting groceries into the fridge.
5. Put the base for the seasoning into the refrigerator
If you have a rotating spice base (commonly called a lazy Susan ), use it in the refrigerator. Gather all the sauces and seasonings that are scattered on the refrigerator door to the base. Now you have more space to put the juice box.