Many cases of food poisoning happen because people don’t know how to store food properly in the refrigerator, which makes it go bad and develop bacteria that, once ingested, can cause digestive problems. To avoid these situations, it’s best that you know how food should be arranged inside the refrigerator and how long can you keep the food, to make sure you consume it in the best condition.
Where to store fruits and vegetables
Fruits and vegetables often go bad if you don’t store them properly, which means you have to keep them in the special crisper bins that most refrigerators include. These bins maintain the right temperature and level of humidity that will keep the fruits and vegetables from going bad. However, there is some produce that you shouldn’t refrigerate because they emit ethylene gas that causes other produce to go bad as well. You should keep avocados, bananas, pears, plums, nectarines, peaches, onions, potatoes, and tomatoes out of the refrigerator.
What to store on the refrigerator’s doors
Most people store they dairy on the refrigerator’s doors, especially if they have a french door refrigerator with plenty of storage space on the doors. This is not the best place to keep the easily perishable food because every time you open the door the warm air will first get to the products stored on the doors. Instead of storing milk, eggs, yogurts, and butter on the door, keep the juices, the sauces, the condiments, and the jars on the refrigerator’s door.
Where should you keep the dairy
The best place for the dairy and the eggs is the lower shelf of the refrigerator, where cold air is kept the most and where it’s less likely for the warm air to reach due to the air circulation inside the refrigerator. The lower shelf is also the best place for raw meat, sausages, salami, ham, and other meat products. If your refrigerator comes with a dairy compartment, that is the best place for your dairy items. In case you notice that any dairy or meat product starts to change its aspect or smell, you should immediately throw it away.
What to store on the upper shelves
The upper shelves of the refrigerator should hold the leftovers, the drinks, the ready-to-eat foods, the cans, and other foods that last longer. The best way to avoid any food from going bad is to expose it to air as less as possible, in which case the best solution are the plastic casseroles. Wrap everything in plastic casseroles and plastic bags and you will prevent foods from developing bacteria.