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10 tips for tidying up your fridge

Today no recipe, but I make you discover 10 tips to store his fridge which is more useful than you think

To keep your food optimally, it is important to follow a few rules such as the location of the products in the right temperature zone, the unpacking of yoghurts, the respect of expiry dates and other simple tips that are always good to give back.

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10 tips for tidying up your fridge

Tip 1: You don't store your food any nawak, hear it no matter how

You don't put food any way in your refrigerator… They are stored according to the nature of the product and the temperature of the compartment: cold, cool, temperate and door area. You should also follow the storage instructions for the refrigerator' instructions. And the you're going to tell me that you don't know where that damn manual is or you're angry with anything that looks like a notice

Every food has its place in the fridge 

Cold zone < 4°C (inférieur)Cool area between 4C and 6CTemperate zone between 6 and 8 degrees CelsiusGate 6C and 8C
– raw meats and fish, crustaceans
– deli meats
– prepared dishes
– cheeses (raw milk)
– fresh produce
– thawed products
– Dairy products
– milky desserts
– fresh cheeses
– cooked fruits and vegetables
– cooked meats and fish
– cooked cheeses
– fresh fruits and vegetables (in the bin provided for this purpose, 6oC)
– cheeses being aged
– drinks
– eggs
– butter
– jam started
– condiments
tubes and
jars

Tip 2: Know how your fridge works

I mean where the coldest areas of your fridge are

There are different types of refrigerators. Some are cold ventilated, which means that the cold is propelled evenly in all compartments, so the temperature is the same everywhere.

On the other hand, temperature differences between compartments are observed in models without ventilated cold. You have to identify the coldest area of your refrigerator. To find out the different temperatures of your refrigerated pantry, you can use a thermometer dipped in water (because the water will measure the temperature of the food and not the ambient air).

Repeat at each compartment of your fridge to find out the different areas and temperatures. It's also helpful to read carefully the device's instructions, which can give you valuable advice on how yours works. You will be able to adjust your thermostat accordingly (for example, some appliances have a lozenge indicating the right temperature of the refrigerator…).

Tip 3: Get rid of overpefluted packaging (cardboard, overpacking, etc.)

Some products contain over-packaging that compromises their good preservation: separate yourself from promotional batches and yoghurt packs to keep only the necessary packaging (being careful to keep the expiry date or defer it if necessary to the product in question) although it is usually also found on each product. We also need to isolate food from each other. Protect deli meats in aluminum foil, such as pastries. . Each cheese must be wrapped in a stretch film

 Meat should also be protected from stretch film. Cooked dishes or cooked foods should be placed in airtight boxes such as Tupperware or Pyrex

Tip 4: Respect the cold chain

A silly principle but so important! The break of this chain leads to an acceleration of microbial growth, which does not bode well for your future feasts. When shopping, use insulated bags to keep food cold and store it in your refrigerator as quickly as possible on your way home. Also, do not place leftover hot food immediately in the refrigerator, always for this reason. Wait 2 hours (but no more!). If you have ice loaves, put them under your dish to speed up the process

Tip 5: You don't unnecessarily open your fridge

When you return from shopping, store the food you're going to put in the refrigerator on a worktop by category. You'll only open your pantry door once instead of going back and forth to the cold chain, it'll also help you organize your storage faster. Also, avoid leaving the door open for too long or opening it too frequently in general. Be careful to check that it is properly closed.

Tip 6: Check expiry dates

A well-ordered refrigerator is also a refrigerator in which perishable foods are found first in a more accessible way: this avoids forgetting a jar of crème fraîche at the bottom of a compartment! we put the fastest perishable foods before, logically you will tell me, but not always respected

Tip 7: Don't blind the fridge

Too much supplies kills the supply. If you overload the refrigerator, the cold will be less effective and food storage will suffer. In addition, this will help you prevent food from touching each other (contact contamination).

Tip 8: Wash fruits and vegetables before storing them

Fruits and vegetables should be washed before storing them in the refrigerator and done the same with fresh herbs. will be wrapped in a damp towel or if you have room in a jar filled with water

Tip 9: Product labels read

If you start a product, the date is no longer reliable: sometimes it is indicated on the product the shelf life once started. On the other hand, not all foods need to be kept cold. This is usually shown on packaging or products.

Tip 10: Cleaning and maintaining the fridge

Clean your fridge weekly with white vinegar and monthly with a dishwashing liquid detergent and rinsing with bleach diluted in water (to avoid corrosion). You can use a toothbrush for this purpose, of course, to maintain the joints and wipe the removable elements carefully before putting them back in their place.

Every 3 months, defrost your refrigerator (and freezer if you have one). It is both a clean gesture and an ecological gesture since frost causes an overconsumption of electricity.

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