Organising Your Fridge Could Save You Money
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With the cost of living on the rise, people are being encouraged to organise their fridge properly in order to save money on food.
The penny-pinching pros at NetVoucherCodes.co.uk
have revealed that organising your fridge properly could help certain foods last longer, saving us money.
Certain foods like fish and raw meat should be kept at the coldest point of the fridge.
The frugal experts also reveal that the biggest mistake we all make is keeping our milk located in the refrigerator door.
Other tips to avoid wasting money and improve the longevity of food are to bring older products to the front and avoid overcrowding.
John Stirzaker from NetVoucherCodes.co.uk said:
How to organise your fridge:
Move the milk from the door
"The way we store our foods has an impact on how long they last and how much energy our fridge uses up.
“Different areas of the fridge have different temperatures, it’s important to store our foods accordingly. Raw foods in the coldest part, dairy products in the middle and condiments in the door.
"I think one of the biggest mistakes we all make is keeping our milk in the door! It seems like the most obvious place for it but what we don’t realise is that we’re disrupting its temperature every time we open and close the door."
The majority of us keep milk and other dairy products on the door shelves in our fridge but this is actually the warmest part of the fridge. The temperature gets disrupted each time you open and close the door so things like cheese should definitely not be kept there.
Instead, use the door to store condiments and sauces and store dairy products on the middle shelf.
Keep eggs with dairy products
It’s also very common for people to store eggs in the doors of fridges, especially as some come with built-in egg holders. But just like milk, you shouldn’t be exposing eggs to constant temperature changes.
Eggs and dairy products are fine on the middle shelf of the fridge.
Store meats where the fridge is coldest
Things like fish and meat should be kept in the coldest part of the fridge. The coldest part of the fridge varies depending on the one you have - it could be at the back of the bottom shelf or on the very top shelf. The best way to figure this out is to use a thermometer.
Keep veggies in the drawer
If you’re not already, keep your vegetables in the compartment at the bottom of your fridge - the crisper drawer. Crisper drawers hold in moisture which will keep your vegetables fresher for longer.
Store leftovers on the top and middle shelves
Leftovers should only be eaten around a day or two after they’ve been made, so we don’t need to worry too much about keeping these too cold and too fresh for a long period of time. That means they’re perfectly fine sitting on the top and middle shelves.
Bring older foods to the front of the fridge
When stocking up on new foods, be sure to bring any older items to the front of the fridge to ensure these get used up first. This will allow you to clearly see what is about to expire and you can avoid anything being wasted.
You might be surprised to hear this but it is possible to overfill your fridge. Having too many items in there too close together restricts circulation which could ultimately affect how long your foods stay fresh.