Tip of the Day
Refrigerator Real Estate
This time of year, refrigerators are packed with food for holiday parties and ingredients for traditional holiday favorites. Did you know refrigerators are specifically designed to help store foods for maximum freshness?
- Condiments: The door is the warmest part of your refrigerator, making it best for storing long shelf life items.
- Orange juice: Orange juice tastes best when it’s kept cold, so skip the door and stow it on an interior shelf instead.
- Butter: The butter keeper in your fridge door might look like the perfect place to stash your butter, but it’s not cold enough to keep it fresh. Since butter can pick up off flavors quickly, keep it protected in its original wrapper or in a covered dish inside your fridge
- Milk: Store milk where it's coldest, specifically the back of the bottom shelf. Just keep it separate from raw meat, poultry and fish to avoid cross-contamination.
- Packaged raw meat: To prevent meat juices from dripping onto and contaminating other foods, wrap packaged raw meat well and store on the bottom shelf.
- Yogurt: As long as it is tightly covered, you can store yogurt in the interior of your fridge for one to two weeks. (If a product lists a use-by date, observe it.)
- Eggs: Keep eggs in their original cartons in the center of the fridge.
- Deli meat: The meat drawer delivers an additional blast of cold air. That makes it the ideal place for highly perishable deli meats and cheeses.
- Produce: Store fruits and vegetables in the crisper drawer. If a refrigerator has dual controls, adjust them to allow for higher humidity for vegetables and lower humidity for fruits.
For more information on proper refrigeration, visit the Refrigeration section at www.HomeFoodSafety.org.
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Reviewed September 2013