Behind every closed door….There are a number of quotes related to doors describing the need to leave the past behind and look forwards to new beginnings. They all figuratively relate to our personal situations in life. There is however, another type of door that is literally a dynamic representation of our lifestyle, job, standard of living and loved ones – and that is a fridge door. A refrigerator door is a display of reminders, artwork, photographs and other items documenting the lifestyle of homeowner and occupants. They are often secured in place with magnets purchased on travels to various places – telling more stories of ones lifestyle. While summing-up so much about a person or family by looking at their refrigerator door, it is only those nearest and dearest who dare open the door to scan the contents. What is found inside also speaks volumes. For those with busy lifestyles keeping up with household chores including the fridge can be a challenge. To help keep your cold storage appliance tidy and prevent food cross-contamination, we have 7 useful tips – especially for those with hungry teenagers! Fridges should be set to a temperature of 5 degrees Celsius or cooler. Opening the fridge door for lengthy periods will let warm air in. Same applies to storing left over cooked foods – make sure they have cooled down fully before storing in the fridge. This is to avoid food safety being compromised if the right temperature isn’t maintained.
How to keep your fridge clean and tidy!
- Dedicated snack shelve – particularly helpful when there is a constant flow of hungry visitors to the fridge daily. Knowing where to look reduces the amount of time the fridge door is left open letting-in warm air!
- Plastic place mats to line fridge and freezer shelves – cut to the size of your fridge shelves. Lining your fridge and freezer with these re-sized mats will help make cleaning much easier. Simply remove the mat, wipe clean and return to the fridge. It beats having to remove the shelf to clean or stand there with the door open wiping and cleaning. Spray a kitchen cleaner onto the mats to degrease, remove germs and cleanse for an odour free, clean fridge.
- Lazy Susan – useful for storing condiments, cheeses and jams in both fridge grocery cupboard. Just swirl away until you see the item you need. Saves scratching around and moving foods around. Or, invest in a few plastic baskets and label each. Remove the basket from the fridge, rummage through it to find what you are looking for before returning it to the fridge.
- Glass containers with vacuum sealed lids – ideal for storing left over food. Label containers with the date and consume stored food within four days. Easy to stack on top of each other and seal in smells to prevent odour contamination.
- Store only perishables – resist the temptation of packing the fridge with drinks and food items. They aren’t intended as store rooms! Air needs to circulate around food to keep it cool and to maintain the correct temperature.
- Create a plan of what goes where – an organised will help you to access the contents more efficiently, reducing the amount of time the door stays open.
- Wipe bottles before putting them in the fridge.