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Food Storage Tips

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Need some food storage tips?

This article from Family Circle Magazine is here to help.

Food Storage Tips
Article: Cold Case

Cold Case

by Allison Baker

[Food News/Family Circle Magazine, January 2009]

A messy refrigerator can spoil your mood and your food. “You want to keep your fridge as clutter-free as possible so cold air can circulate properly,” says David Kamen, a professor at the Culinary Institute of American in Hyde Park, New York. Below, Kamen dishes on what goes where. (Hint: Eggs don’t belong where you think they do.)

Top shelf: Put the most perishable items – such as milk, eggs, sour cream and yogurt – in this cool spot, since it’s closest to the fan.

Upper shelf: For easy access, store last night’s leftovers and ready-to-eat foods here.

Middle shelf: Hot soups or sauces can raise the fridge’s temperature, so let leftovers cool on the counter – no longer than two hours – or chill the containers in ice water before refrigerating.

Bottom shelf: Keep raw mats and poultry on the lowest level to prevent juices from dripping onto other foods, which could pose a safety risk. If the veggie crisper is located below the meat drawer in your fridge, put meats in the crisper and veggies in the meat compartment.

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Butter hood and egg cups on the door: Ignore the cute compartments – butter and eggs will quickly lose quality in this too warm area. Instead store nonfood items (like batteries, medicines and your favorite cooling eye mask in this area.

Door shelves: Every time you open the refrigerator, items in the door shelves warm up. Use this space for foods that are not so temperature-sensitive, like salad dressing, ketchup and jelly.

Now that you've read these great food storage tips, time to move those eggs!

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