Food Storage Tips
Need some food storage tips? This article from Family Circle Magazine is here to help.
by Allison Baker
[Food News/Family Circle Magazine, January 2009]
A messy refrigerator can spoil you 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.
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.
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.
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