Fridge storage: The best way to organise your fridge to keep food fresher for longer

Do you know the best places in your fridge to store your milk and raw meat?

According to Warwick University, we throw away 8.3 million tonnes of food and drink every year in the UK. Keeping your fridge organised can help keep your food fresher and make it last longer, reducing waste, which will also save you money. It’s a win win!

To find out more about where you should be keeping those every day items stored in your fridge, take a look at our handy guide. Time to get organising!

What should you keep in the door?

You’ve probably been keeping your milk in your fridge’s door shelves, but turns out this is not the best place to store it after all.

The reason for this is because the door is the warmest part of the fridge and most likely to have a fluctuating temperature, so should be reserved for foods that are natural preservatives, like jams, condiments, pickles and preserves.

The same applies to eggs, which can be confusing as most fridges come with built-in egg racks on the door.

Turns out that the same temperature fluctuations that can affect milk can also make eggs go rotten more quickly, so it’s best to keep them in the fridge, preferably in the middle shelf, but not on the egg racks.

What should you keep on the upper shelves?

According to Warwick University, you should always keep ‘cooked’ food above ‘raw’, as any spillages or drips may well land on other foods below.

In the higher shelves of your fridge you should be keeping foods that don’t need cooking like deli meats and leftovers packed into plastic boxes, so there’s no chance of anything dangerous contaminating the other things you’re storing below.

What should you keep on the middle and lower shelves?

The lower and middle shelves of your fridge should be reserved for dairy like milk, cheese and yogurt, which need to be kept nice and cool as well as being surrounded by well circulated air. If you keep your eggs in the fridge then these should also be kept in the middle shelf too, as mentioned above. This is because eggs should be kept at a constant temperature, according to the NHS.

Some softer dairy can be kept in the door shelves as they will keep well there and it’ll mean it keeps the perfect texture for tucking into thanks to the milder temperature.

What should you keep on the bottom shelf?

The NHS advises that you store raw meat and fish on the bottom shelf. This is because it’s the coldest part of your fridge, and the cold temperature will keep it from going off. This also avoids it getting in contact with other foods in the fridge, which could lead to contamination. For this reason it’s also best to make sure your bottom shelf is made of one sheet of plastic and glass and not the wire slatted kind that are often used for the higher shelves.

To store raw meat and fish, don’t forget to keep it well covered and sealed to keep the possibility of spilling blood and juices onto other foods to a minimum.

What should you keep in the drawers?

The Food Standards Agency advises you keep your veg and fruit in the drawers in your fridge, as they’re lifted from the bottom of the fridge to avoid softer leaves on vegetables like lettuce from freezing, while still keeping things nice and cold – to help them last longer. The drawers are where you should keep your fresh produce like vegetables and fruit, and your fresh herbs. Because they will be enclosed in the drawer, it will also keep them safe from contamination and smells.