How to Make Groceries Always Fresh Using…Only the Fridge

We will tell you how to store food in the fridge properly

Written by Elisa Chan. Updated on We will tell you how to store food in the fridge properly

Preserving foodstuff is always the point of concern for many housewives. To mind different products that require sometimes totally different conditions of storage – it can be almost insane!

And no wonder that we often fail the “battle for freshness” and throw away this or that product.

However, several tricks exist that a few people are aware of, but they can keep your groceries crisp and delicious way longer!

Want to know the secret of how to store food in the fridge properly? Then keep on reading attentively!

When Do We Fail?

Indeed, what do we do that our foodstuffs become spoiled much sooner than we expected? Is it something wrong with the fridge? Nope. Did we buy already bad products? We hope you are not one of those who buy foods without examining them for freshness!

So what is the matter?

We may surprise you but the matter is often in how we use our fridges.

Whilst most of us think this aggregate is always cooling things inside it evenly and equally, and we can stuff it with foodstuff from bottom to the top, this is a huge mistake.

To fix it, consider the major rules of refrigeration:

  1.  Never ever overload the fridge! If we do that, we block the cooler, and the content won’t be chilled properly. And also, the door of the overloaded fridge may not close tightly which will lead to food spoilage
  2.  Place new stock behind the old stock – like that, foods won’t get spoiled because you forgot about them.
  3.  Never keep open canned foods in the fridge in their original tanks. This will lead to other product contamination, so it’ll be better to place them in the storage containers.
  4.  Attach the fridge thermometer inside of the aggregate if it has no built-in one. It will allow monitoring the level of cold which must be between 0 and 5 C.

If you try to avoid those common mistakes, your foods will feel much better in the fridge!

When Do We Fail
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Hygiene Is a Must!

And we’re not talking about you! Foods also need to be looked after.

First of all, keep the temperature at the proper level of 0-5 C.

Check the use-by dates on the packages, and if you spot those that passed the term, toss them away. Bacteria that grew there can cause you much trouble!

Remember that certain foodstuffs must be unwashed prior to refrigeration to last longer.

How to Stock Foodstuff Refrigerated. Shelf By Shelf Guide

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Have you ever thought of why your fridge has several shelves? Only for intaking more? No, you’re wrong!

You might not know, but different kinds of products need a different rate of cold to stay good. That is why it is necessary to know what shelf is meant for what.

Upper/middle levels

Leave them for ready meals, leftovers, packed goods, and even prepared salads. Drinks must go here, too. 

Bottom shelf

This is the right place to store raw meat, poultry, and seafood if those products are in sealed tanks (not just wrapped since they can be dripping!). Of course, meaty foods can be left there only if they’ll be used within 12-24 hours. If not, toss them to the freezer.

Vegetable compartment

The best place for fruits, vegs, and washed salad veggies. All of them must be either wrapped in paper or in a plastic perforated cover to let them breathe. 


Leave them for the condiments and sauces, juices, and water.

To make it simpler for you to memorize, check out this chart.

Sections Foods
Upper shelf Drinks, ready foods, leftovers, prepared salads
Bottom shelf Meaty foods and seafood, eggs
Vegetable drawer Veggies, fruits, washed salad vegs
Doors Doors

This will save you much time and effort, you’ll see!

Frequently Asked Questions

⭐ How should I store my fridge to keep food fresher longer?

The best is to keep ready foods up and raw product down. Dairy foods shall also be kept on lower shelves. Drinks and beverages will feel better on the top shelf.

⭐ What foods should not be stored in the fridge?

Tomatoes, onions, squash, and potatoes can be perfectly well without refrigeration.

⭐ Why is there a proper placement for food in a refrigerator?

Different foods need a different amount of cold to stay fresh, that’s why they must be stored on certain shelves.

⭐ What food items do you preserve in a refrigerator?

Anything from raw meat to cooked dishes, fresh fruits, and drinks.

⭐ What should not be stored in the fridge?

Bread, avocado, garlic, onions, tomatoes, honey, cake, melons, coffee, and eggs shall never be kept in the fridge.

⭐ What is the coldest part of a refrigerator?

It depends on the type of fridge since frost-free models have almost even temperature inside, whilst those with the ice-making compartment at the top, upper shelf will be the coldest.

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Elisa is a passionate cook who will advise you on healthy and delicious food topics! With her help, you will discover how to properly store and freeze food, as well as learn important nuances about preserving vitamins in your meals to make them stay nutritious.
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