Your fridge isn’t just a closet for food, it’s a high-tech device that helps you store all of your favorite snacks, condiments in optimal conditions. These appliances not only have different compartments to serve different purposes but also have different temperature zones. This means that if you’re storing things in the wrong place, you’re not taking advantage of the modern miracle of refrigeration. This will lead to loss of food, money and advantages of your appliance. Certain food items need to be stored in cold temperatures to prevent the growth of bacteria and other microbes that make food stale which can lead to many health issues. They should be kept at 40°F or lower, and freezers should be set to 0°F. However, even when the refrigerator is sufficiently cold, the temperature will vary in different parts of the fridge depending on how close they are to the cooling element.
Let us see how you can master the art of refrigeration to make your food last longer:-
1. Use Plastic Bags to Freeze
Let’s start with the obvious part of the appliance that is-Freezer. They are used for storing frozen things.Your ice goes in the freezer, as do frozen fruits, veggies, meat, stock, and other items. You can also store a surprising number of other foods in the freezer such as tortillas, pasta sauce and even eggs. Some of the refrigerators come with Anti- Bacterial Gasket that helps to keep your food farm fresh. Always try to keep the food in stackable plastic containers or in plastic freezer bags laid flat instead of glass jars that can break.
2. Avoid Dairy Products near The Door
Doors are the warmest part of the fridge and should be reserved for foods that are more resistant to spoiling. Keep condiments, juices and other foods that can stand up to temperature fluctuations here. Doors can get warm (particularly because they’re opened often)therefore eggs and dairy shouldn’t go here, even if you gulp down the milk straight from the carton.
3. Crisper Drawers
The purpose of crisper drawers is to maintain moist atmosphere that helps to preserve fruits and vegetables.However, don’t make the mistake of jumbling all your produce together in the crisper drawer. Many fruits including apples, peaches, plums, pearsand cantaloupesproduce ethylene, a chemical that helps them to ripen. Keep your veggies in one drawer and fruits in another because the ethylene produced can also promote ripening in other plants, causing vegetables to go yellow, limp or even sprout. If you are thinking to buy a refrigerator, then buy one which comes with the crisper cover that will protect your fruits and keep them fresh.
4. Make Place for Leftovers
In order to keep your refrigerator fresh you have to make sure that it does not get adversely impacted with the smell of leftover food, it is recommended to store them carefully and also should be packed properly. Also it is best if you divide your leftovers in small portions and refrigerate them within 2 hours of cooking. Also, if you wish to keep your food fresher for longer, don’t stuff your fridge with food as cool air needs to circulate equally all over the appliance to maintain healthy temperature of your food.
In the first place, one of the tougher questions is figuring out what goes in the fridge.Certain foods don’t belong in your appliance. Tomatoes will turn mealy and odorless in it so try to keep them at room temperature. Onions, squash and potatoes do best in a cooler environment with low moisture, so store them in a dark cupboard or other places outside. If you are looking to buy a refrigerator with great functionality then Intex’s range of Direct Cool Refrigerators is a good option, also you can check out our mini bar series if you are short on storage space.