Storage in your refrigerator can be rather a haphazard business that leads to food being “lost” at the back of the fridge and not being found until it is well out of date. In order to avoid this and to prevent food from becoming contaminated and possibly dangerous, it is important to organize your fridge properly. This will also make your life much easier, as you will not have to waste time looking for items that may or may not be there. As we go to our fridges at least three times every day, it is well worth making sure it is easy to find what you are looking for.
First of all, you need to make a list of the contents of your fridge. Throw away anything that is out of date or that you are unlikely to use.
If you organize the items of food by size, putting similar-sized packs on the same shelf, it will make smaller items easier to find, unless you are lucky enough to have bottle coolers, store jars and bottles in the door of the fridge, where they can be found easily.
Most new appliances, such as those from Fridge Freezer Direct, have adjustable shelves, so take advantage of these and use organizers that help to maximize the vertical space. Keeping the items that are used most frequently at the front of the fridge will make it easy for all the family to find what they need without disrupting your organization.
Choosing Storage Containers
There are so many different types of container for food storage available that it can be difficult choosing. An important point to remember is that, according to the NHS, raw meat and poultry should be stored in sealed containers at the bottom of the fridge so that they cannot contaminate other foods. Plastic containers, especially those that clip shut, are ideal for this and are available in many different sizes.
According to Food Safety UK, it is important to make sure that your containers are not damaged and that they have not been used to store items other than food. Naturally, they need to be easy to clean and should be washed thoroughly before use. Do not be tempted to re-use containers that are designed to only be used once, as they may not be safe for long-term food storage.
Glass or Pyrex containers can also be used in the fridge, and these sometimes come with snap-on plastic lids for convenience. Food bags are useful for smaller items and usually incorporate a label so that the use-by date can be recorded, as well as the contents. Labelling is important for anything that needs to be used within a certain time, and labels for all kinds of food storage are widely available.
Stackable boxes can help to maximize space in your fridge, and cling film can be used to wrap irregularly shaped items so that they can be fitted in conveniently.
Finally, keeping healthy snacks in easily accessible plastic containers at the front of the fridge can often help with your healthy eating plan and prevent you from being tempted to eat the wrong kinds of foods between meals.