FOOD STORAGE BASICS

Storing food in its proper place helps maximize space and keep food fresh.

 

Fridge door shelving

1. The Door

Temperatures in the door are slightly warmer, making it a good place for items that are less perishable like ketchup, butter and soda. It’s also good for things you use a lot like milk, which can be stored in large gallon door bins.

Fridge shelving

2. The Shelves

Everyday, non-produce items can be stored on the shelves. Grouping similar foods will make finding the exact item you want easier. 

Deli drawer

3. Deli Drawer 

If your refrigerator has a dedicated deli drawer, it should be slightly colder than the rest of the fridge, making it ideal for highly perishable meats and cheeses. On french door refrigerators, this drawer can also be good for wide trays and platters. 

High humidity drawer

4. High Humidity Crisper Drawers 

Most refrigerators have two crisper drawers for produce. If the humidity is adjustable, set it high in one and low in the other. High humidity will help keep fruits and vegetables with thin skin fresh, like spinach, citrus fruits, asparagus, broccoli and strawberries.

Low humidity drawer

5. Low Humidity Crisper Drawers 

Low humidity is best for fruits and vegetables with thick skin, like peppers, avocados, cantaloupe and green onions.

Light bulb.

MAYTAG TIP: FIND THE RIGHT COOL FOR YOU

The controls are set correctly when milk or juice is as cold as you like and when ice cream is firm. 

Learn about how refrigerators control the cool with this quick guide.

Hand removing cheese from a deli drawer.

MORE TRICKS FOR EFFICIENT REFRIGERATOR ORGANIZATION

  • Store less frequently used items on the outside edges of the refrigerator, and build layers as you move in. 

  • Move shelves around to create small, medium and tall spaces. Don’t be afraid to utilize sliding shelves that help you see all of the shelf contents. 

  • You’re more likely to use items that are within your line of sight. Try putting perishables front and center.

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