Keep your fridge fresh

April 2014

Why is keeping a fresh fridge important? Easy. A clean fridge reduces stress and can help save you money. When your fridge is clean and organized, you tend to eat more healthily, cook more at home and waste less food. All good things for you and your family.

 

Meet Cheri Neufeld. We recruited her and her blog Kitchen Simplicity to be part of our Natrel family. Cheri shares with us her take on how to keep a fresh and organized fridge. She also treats us to her delicious soup primavera recipe – try to use the veggies from your now-fresh fridge (because you can find them!) for the soup.

10 Tips to Keep a Fresh Fridge

  1. Clean up after spills as soon as they happen.
    Wiping up messes immediately ensures that you won’t spend your afternoon scrubbing away at something that has adhered itself to your fridge. Don’t forget to clean off the bottom of containers as well!
    A handy cleaning agent
  2. Get to know your foods.
    It’s a good idea to take the time to learn how to store food properly for the longest shelf life and to know the lifespan of your foods. Not everything comes with a best before date and throwing vegetables in the crisper drawer doesn’t ensure they’ll stay at their peak. Store veggies and fruit separately as fruit can cause vegetables to prematurely ripen and spoil. 
  3. Label your food and put it up front.
    Label time-sensitive food so you can keep track of when it will no longer be at its peak or when it’s time to make sure to use it up. It’s always disappointing to find something in the fridge and not be sure if it’s still safe to consume. Keep the most time-sensitive food up front so you’re more likely to use them before they go to waste. 
  4. Go through your fridge once a week.
    If you take the time to plan your menu, this is a great time to go through your fridge to see what needs using up and to discard anything that’s past its prime. It doesn’t take long, it keeps your fridge less cluttered, and the food that needs to be used up will be at the forefront of your mind. 
  5. Get rid of odours.
    If there is a lingering smell hanging around in your fridge use this handy trick to freshen things up. Sprinkle baking soda on a baking sheet and place it in the fridge until the smell is gone. The baking powder absorbs odours, therefore freshening the air. Remember to be proactive by storing foods like onions or stinky cheese in airtight containers and away from food that may take on their smells.
  6. Store milk in the coldest part of the fridge.
    Not in the door. Keeping it cold will give it a longer shelf life. Return it to the fridge promptly after use. 
  7. Store your milk in its original container to ensure quality and freshness.
    This goes for any packaged products that are resealable, such as eggs. The packaging is designed to keep things fresh and keep out odours. Transferring them to another storage container may cause them to spoil more quickly.
  8. Don’t overcrowd.
    Leaving space between the food makes it easier for the flow of chilled air to circulate and helps your fridge maintain the proper temperature. Give your milk room to breathe and keep it away from strong-smelling foods that may penetrate its flavour. Fruits and veggies that are crowded may spoil more quickly.
  9. Keep it cold.
    For optimum freshness keep your fridge at 4°C or lower. You don’t want anything to be frosting over, but the colder your items are, the longer they’ll keep. Do not put things in the fridge when they are hot as they bring up the temperature of the fridge.
  10. Be proactive with leaks.
    When thawing meats or berries or dealing with any item that you suspect might leak a bit, place them on a plate, in a pan or storage container so that the mess is contained and can easily be popped into the dishwasher or sink for washing.

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