Well, to start the first thing we have to do is empty our refrigerator, then we will take out all the food we have, we will throw away all the groceries that have gone bad. In a bowl or bucket we will make a mixture of water, bicarbonate and white vinegar ( we have already indicated some of its uses ), it is very effective when cleaning and disinfecting the refrigerator.
If we have dairy, meat or any other food that can easily spoil, we can put it in a portable refrigerator or in an isothermal bag, in this way they will be kept in perfect condition until we put them back.
Finally, we will unplug the refrigerator and start cleaning it, we will dry it very well with a cloth or kitchen paper, we can also leave the door open so that it can dry on its own and ventilate itself from food odors. I advise you to do the cleaning every three or four months .
Drawers for vegetables and some meats:
Next we will continue through the specific drawers that our fridge has to contain vegetables and meat, some of them also have drawers for sausage. Both vegetables and meat can create different types of liquid and these in turn can contaminate the rest of the food that we have near them.
The mistake that almost all of us make is to think that certain foods last longer in the refrigerator, but that does not happen with some vegetables such as tomatoes (their pulp loses flavor), potatoes, garlic, onions, bananas. , etc. If we place them on a vegetable cart, we will gain considerable space.
The refrigerator door:
This is the part of the refrigerator with which we are always fighting at home, do not leave it open for long, close it well, well … the daily fight in any home.
Well, you know that every time we open the refrigerator door we lose about 1/3 of the cold, in it we must place the things that do not need so much cold so that they remain in optimal conditions such as sauces, dressings, butter and Drinks, we can order them by size, the smallest ones we will put in front and thus we will place them, but we must never put the milk there, it needs the central shelves for its best maintenance.
If we all did these simple Tips, we would save on the space in our fridge and on the electricity bill .
Order on the shelves:
To have our refrigerator shelves well organized, we will put the food that spoils in front of the whole and the longest-lasting ones behind, this measure will cause us that every time we come to make the purchase we do not have to replace them (we must always look at the date of expiration date of the packaged food we buy) and in this way we will not get last minute surprises.
On the upper shelves we would put the food that we have prepared and the leftovers from lunch or dinner, as can happen to us when we prepare appetizers and tapas like those that our friends have made. Pedro and Yolanda ; Drinks have to go on the upper shelves or if we don’t have enough space for both, we can put the food on top of the bottles.
But that we do everything that we have indicated above, does not mean that we are placing the food well in our refrigerator, between the food and the rest of the things that we have in our refrigerator we must leave enough space for cold air to circulate between them, thus achieving optimal food preservation; Let’s also save money with our refrigerator.
Refrigerator always tidy:
So that our refrigerator is always ready to preserve our food, we can achieve this by using lunch boxes or plastic containers to have everything placed, we can also easily achieve it if we remove the trays that they bring from the supermarket and place it as we do with other foods.
This is a very delicate issue, since we have to be very careful with the food that we have cooked and those that we have raw stored in the refrigerator since the food that we have raw can contaminate it with microbes.
We must also be careful with cross contamination of food , if we have a family member with food intolerances such as gluten, eggs, etc. we must separate the food from each other.
Placement of meat, fish and eggs:
To make the most of our refrigerator, we will place all raw foods such as meat, chicken, turkey and fish (we will be very careful as we have indicated above), on the shelf or shelf above the vegetable drawers. Eggs and dairy in the upper ones, these foods do not need as much cold as the rest of the food to be preserved.
The central shelves can be used to place the cold meats, sausages and the rest of food that has to be consumed quickly (if they were packaged once opened, they have a very short duration).
The optimum temperature so that we do not have any problems with our fridge is 4º Celsius.
With this simple tips we will ensure that our frozen products are in optimal conditions when we are going to consume them, all we have to do is take the food out of the freezer with enough time (We should never defrost at room temperature or with water ), I do it the night or the morning before using them and put them on the top shelf of the refrigerator, in this way our food is in the best condition for later consumption.
If by chance when leaving any food in the fridge we see that it has stained the shelf, we will clean it quickly, in this way we will prevent it from smelling like the food that we have put, to avoid this you can put it in plates, plastic containers or wrap them on aluminum foil , etc.
Finally, I advise you to clean the freezer once a year, the ideal dates are when we go on vacation or when we return from it, before refilling it with frozen food, in this way and following the instructions that I have given you previously. we will make the most of our refrigerator.
I hope this article is useful and you liked it, if it has been like that, just tell you that in two weeks I will talk about how to organize the freezer .
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