Your fridge is the unsung workhorse of the kitchen, storing a huge range of different types of food – raw, cooked, fresh and frozen – and trying its very best to make sure it’s all in the best condition possible whenever you want it.
It’s a tough job but the good news is that you can help. With a little time you can make sure that your fridge is running as smoothly and efficiently as possible, and that means an easier life for your faithful appliance plus lower electricity bills for you and fresher food everyday!
Keep it Tidy
It can be tempting to just throw your shopping items into the fridge after a long hard day but there are plenty of benefits to taking a little more time.
The most obvious one is that your food will be easier to find when you need it, with less chance of a really messy spillage while you’re rooting around for the butter behind something liquid. Ordered shelves mean you can keep an eye on when something needs to be used so it doesn’t spoil too. Some models like the Whirlpool No Frost Fridge Freezer have some help in tidying up, with a handy bottle balcony which takes the hassle out of finding space for tall items.
Let it Breathe
A tidy fridge has another important function, it can help keep your items fresher for longer. The guideline is that your food should be packed carefully into the fridge but with some room for air to move around, as that’s how it is cooled. In the freezer, you can pack things in more tightly as it doesn’t rely on air circulation.
Whirlpool’s 6th Sense Fresh Control tech helps here too, taking note of the temperature and humidity levels inside your fridges and dynamically adjusting to its requirements. And this works without the need for freezing, so your items won’t have to be defrosted.
There are many guidelines, and just as many myths, about how best to store food – here are some of the most important:
- Don’t store perishables in the fridge door – this location can be warmer than the rest of the appliance and could compromise its shelf life. Bottles, juices and condiments are fine here but move milk and eggs elsewhere.
- Generally speaking, the top of the fridge varies the least in temperature and the bottom is the coldest, provided that’s where your freezer lives. Leftovers should sit near the top, with other items that you’re likely to eat soon. Dairy products and eggs are better at the bottom, along with any raw meat which should be stored separately.
- That drawer at the bottom of your fridge is mainly for vegetables as it helps to retain a little moisture in your foodstuffs. Veg doesn’t mix too well with fruit so divide the area along those lines if you can.
- You can freeze almost anything and remember to pack them as close together as possible – freezer or sandwich bags are a good way to get more in, just throw out the original container and stack them high.
Keep these tips in mind when you open up your fridge next, and give your faithful appliance a chance to keep on working tirelessly for you and your food.