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For you the fridge is a simple refrigerated cupboard? You don't know how to store food indoors? Say goodbye to expired products and bad smells! Déco.fr shares with you 5 things to know to organize your fridge and avoid the proliferation of bacteria. The functional and sparkling pantry is yours!
Respect the cold chain to store food well
Tidying up your fridge starts before you even set foot in the kitchen. When you go to the checkout after shopping, try to organize your purchases according to their storage location. As soon as you unload your basket or your shopping cart on the conveyor belt, gather all the fresh products together, and do the same for frozen products, perishable goods like fruits and vegetables or groceries. Once at home, it will be much easier for you to tidy up each product in its place without risking to break the cold chain for the products which go to the refrigerator. An essential reflex to guarantee the good conservation of your food.
Store each product in its place for an organized fridge
In this case, it will not be enough for you to empty the bag of fresh products and place them as they are in your fridge (even if that is what we do most of the time). Be aware that the temperature of a fridge is not uniform from top to bottom, and that it is preferable to store certain categories of food on one floor rather than another: *At the top of the fridge : this is the coldest part, between 0 ° C and 4 ° C. On these two floors, store the most fragile products such as raw meat and fish, opened dairy products, cold meats, ready meals, products that have started or are being thawed. *In the middle of the fridge : at the two intermediate stages, the temperature is between 4 ° C and 6 ° C. Store cheeses, unopened dairy products and home-cooked preparations based on fruits and vegetables. *At the bottom of the fridge, in the vegetable drawer : as the name suggests, this area of the fridge between 8 and 10 ° C is made to accommodate fruit and vegetables (clean it goes without saying). You can also store cheeses that are a bit young that you would like to let refine. *In the fridge door : between 6 and 8 ° C, place the eggs, butter, milk, drinks and sauces or condiments.
Pay attention to the packaging of food in the refrigerator
First, when storing your groceries in the fridge, remember to eliminate all unnecessary packaging. No need to keep the cardboard around your yogurts or the plastic bags of fruits and vegetables. To avoid the proliferation of bacteria, it is also important to airtight raw foods such as meat, fish or cheese made from raw milk. You can wrap them in cling film or store them in plastic boxes provided for this purpose. Also wrap all leftover cooked dishes in film to promote good preservation. It will also prevent your fridge from getting dirty too quickly!
Consume products in order
Consider your fridge as a logistics platform on which it is necessary to send the most urgent shipments. Thus, you should consume in priority the products with the shortest expiration date. For this, remember to store your most recent errands in the back of the fridge and not in front of your nose. This will prevent you from coming across one of your favorite dairy desserts that has expired two weeks ago! If you are the head-up type, take a quick look at your stocks regularly to improvise a meal with the products that need to be consumed quickly.
Clean your fridge regularly
Last but not least, clean your fridge about once a month (unless a product has leaked in the meantime of course!). If this housework rarely enchants us, it is nevertheless necessary to avoid transforming your refrigerator into a trash! First clean it with soapy water, then pass a sponge soaked in bleach or white vinegar, then dry with a clean cloth. Be aware, however, that bleach can be corrosive to plastic seals. And while waiting for the next major cleaning, remember to leave half a lemon in the door of your refrigerator. A great grandmother's tip to avoid any bad smell!