The Perfectly Organized Fridge: Where to Store Foods for Optimal Freshness!

Julia Millay Walsh
If you want your fridge to look as pretty on the inside as the exterior of Athena Calderone's perfectly blue refrigerator, you should be mindful of where you're storing your foods. As juicy as they both may be, a T-bone steak and ruby red grapefruit do not think alike, and they certainly should be stored separately. Read below for the optimal places to store your refrigerated foods.

It may be instinct to place your cartons of milk on the easily accessed refrigerator door, but refrain! Your cartons will last longer if stored in a more stable temperature zone, such as the rear of the top two shelves, where temperatures are less likely to fluctuate.


If you're in the habit of tossing your cold cuts in your refrigerator's shallow drawer, you're doing it all right. Cold cuts stay fresh longer in that meat drawer, which has a lower temperature than other parts of the refrigerator.


Your crisper drawer will be your best friend -- if you use it properly. Many of us tend to ignore those humidity features, but take advantage! Fruits and vegetables that emit ethylene -- such as apples, mushrooms, peppers, avocados, or grapes -- should be kept in a drawer with its humidity set to low. This gives gases an opportunity to escape, preventing your produce from rotting. Non-ethylene-emitters -- such as leafy greens, lettuce, broccoli, carrots, or brussel sprouts -- should be kept in a drawer with high humidity. This will retain vapor, keeping the greens crisp and fresh longer.


Like milk and other dairy products, eggs prefer a stable environment, so keep them on upper shelves, where temperature is usually constant. These shelves are also great for leftovers and chopped fruits and vegetables, which usually need to be eaten soon.


After wrapping them thoroughly, store your raw meats on the bottom shelf. This will prevent other foods from contaminating, as juices can drip from higher shelves.

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