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What's in your fridge?

By ahenry 01 Oct 2016

Food? Look again...a mouldy cucumber, an out of date yoghurt and, well, you're not too sure what that is!

By overfilling your fridge, putting things in the wrong places or letting it get dirty you could be wasting food and putting your health at risk.

So, here are some simple tips that you might not have known but can make all the difference.

  1.  Temperature
    You've probably never even looked at the temperature setting of your fridge, but if it's just a couple of degrees too warm it can ruin your food. It should be no higher than 5 degrees.
  2. Leftovers
    Make sure that you refrigerate your leftovers in clear containers - glass or Tupperware is ideal - as this makes sure that you can see what is in there, making you less likely to forget about them.
    Leftovers should be eaten within four days of being cooked - so it's best to eat them at the first possible opportunity, even if it means eating the same thing twice in two days, to avoid having to throw them away because they've gone bad.
  3. The door
    Because of its proximity to the outside of the fridge, and due to it being constantly opened and closed, the temperature of the fridge door can fluctuate dramatically.
    As a result you should avoid keeping quick-to-expire products such as milk in your fridge door - instead keep it in a more central 'safe' zone where the temperature is more likely to remain constant.
  4. Meat
    Make sure that you keep all raw meat and fish at the bottom shelf of your fridge to avoid juices from dripping onto food below and contaminating it. It's a good idea to keep meat and fish in a dish and wrap with clingfilm.
  5. Don't slice
    If you cut up food such as meat or vegetables before you put them in the fridge then you're increasing the surface area of the item, meaning more of it is exposed to the air.
    Keeping foods whole whilst they're in the fridge and only cutting them up when you need them is the best way to ensure it is as fresh as possible for as long as possible.
  6. Make space
    If you pack your fridge full to the brim with food you can create warms spots where your food is insulated by surrounding items.
    For it to remain a constant temperature, air needs to be able to circulate around your food, so decluttering your fridge regularly is highly recommended.
  7. Rotation
    Before you do a big food shop move any items that have been hanging around at the back of your fridge to the front, this way you'll ensure that older items are consumed first.
    You can even attach post-its to each item with an easy-to-read best before date written on it to make sure that you eat things in the most economical order.
  8. Clean it
    This may sound obvious, but if things get spilt and go off (such as milk) bacteria will grow and other foods can become infected.
    With this in mind, once a bottle or carton is open don't lay it on its side - if the lid isn't sealed properly it can leak all over your fridge.

Just think of all that money you will save on food now!

ahenry is part of the content team and is an excellent netballer.
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