When it comes to refrigerators, it can be difficult to know where to begin. Although the internet is awash with articles about the foods you should definitely keep away from your fridge, there’s very little information about what food isacceptable to be refrigerated. Below, we've rounded up our list of foods that you should be keeping in your fridge that you probably don't already.
After a weekend binge, you might be tempted to put the remains of your pizza or takeaway dish in the microwave or oven to save for later use – but doing so can be detrimental to your health. Leaving foods out in the open, or in places where there’s little protection from rising temperatures or flies, can cause bacteria to form and also cause the food to go off much quicker than if it was stored elsewhere. Wrap up your takeaway leftovers in Tupperware dishes and store them at the front of your fridge for easy access.
It's a subject that's sparked debate in recent times, but do you really need to store your ketchup bottle in the fridge? Condiments such as mayonnaise, jam, pickle and sauces have labels suggesting they're best kept in the refrigerator after opening, but many of us avoid this and leave our condiments in the kitchen cupboards. However, although condiments such as ketchup could be kept safely in the cupboard for a couple of weeks, it’s best kept in the fridge and eaten within an eight-week period.
Some fruits and vegetables
There's a lot of discussions involving fruits and vegetables when it comes to refrigeration, but the simple truth is that different items have different rules. Any fruit or vegetable that gives off an ethylene gas should be kept away from other items, as it will encourage them to go off more quickly. Apples, avocados, mangoes, pears, peaches, plums, prunes, quince and tomatoes should be kept away from your refrigerator at all costs, but foods like leeks, peas, radishes, summer squashes, grapes, cherries, cauliflower and carrots should be stored in a fridge in order to keep them fresh and extend their lives.
Whether you’re hosting a party or you just like bottled drinks, the chances are that your fridge doesn’t have enough room for everything you want to put in it. Usually, drinks are relegated to the garage, outdoors, or they’re left warm, only to be cooled down with ice before serving. It is, however, possible to refrigerate all of your beverages by purchasing a commercial fridgefor your home or workplace. Although it may seem like an extravagant purchase, having a second fridge in your home offers more flexibility and means that you will always have enough space to store your bottled and canned drinks.
There you have it – just some of the things that you should be putting in your fridge that may not be in there already. Remember that food hygiene is important – clean your fridge regularly, never let raw meats contaminate, and always eat your food before their best before date to ensure you stay healthy.