There are certain things fridge insurance will not teach you. Like not every refrigerator is the same. But all refrigeration units have one thing in common: they inevitably adhere to the rules of physics, in that warm air will rise. Therefore, it is warmer in the upper compartments of your fridge than in the lower ones. To keep your food fresh for as long as possible, you should take this into account when arranging your food.
It is also important for the shelf life of the food that the cold chain is interrupted for a short time as possible. Always load perishable food in the shopping cart and try to transport it in a fridge or freezer bag that keeps the good cool. Once at home, the fresh items should be refrigerated first
Arranging the fridge correctly
Make it a habit to always arrange your fridge according to the same system. You must make sure that you do not pack the compartments too fully. Only when the air can circulate do the temperatures in the various cooling zones remain stable, ensuring the longest possible freshness is guaranteed. As soon as you get home from the shop, proceed with putting your fresh food in the fridge in the following way:
Raw fish, seafood and raw meat spoil the fastest. Therefore, they belong in the coolest zone. In the conventional refrigerator, this is the 2 to 3-degree zone, which is the lowest compartment above the vegetable compartment. If you have a state-of-the-art refrigerator model, these foods belong in the dry zero-degree zone. They can last up to three times longer than in the conventional refrigeration unit. Sausages, or meat such as cold cuts, open cheese or smoked goods, are also in this compartment.
In the middle compartment, i.e. the 4 to 5-degree zone, store fresh milk and dairy products, such as yoghurt and cream cheese. Broken cheese packs and cream are also stored here. Welded salami or packaged ham also belongs in this zone.
At the top, where the temperature is between 5 and 8 degrees celsius, store fried meat, cooked vegetables, left-overs from the previous day (in a closed container) as well as originally packaged cheese, cakes and open canned food.
Finally, all you have to do is store the fruit, fresh herbs, salad and vegetables. All these fresh products are stored in the vegetable compartment. It should be noted that tomatoes, apples, cucumbers, onions and garlic should not be stored in the refrigerator, but rather in the cool cellar. In a modern refrigerator, you can store fruit, vegetables, herbs and salad in the humid 0-degree zone. Due to the high humidity, the plant products do not dry out and also retain their vitamins and minerals.
If you live in a single household with a small refrigerator, you need to distribute the food of the middle cooling zone (4 to 5 degrees) up and down. On the one hand, focus on the space conditions and on the other hand pay attention to the original packaging. Welded goods are more likely to be stored upwards, while open packs should move downwards.
You should always put raw meat, fish, poultry or seafood in the refrigerator in sealed containers so that any germs that may be present are not distributed among the rest of the food.
Never put raw meat or fresh milk in the top of the fridge and store tropical fruits, apples and potatoes in the vegetable tray in the cellar.