How to ideally store food in your refrigerator

by Sanjeev Kapoor

The 20th century has been a great year for technological inventions that have made our lives simpler and convenient. Whether it is commuting or staying indoors, technology advancement has made our lives to certain appliances or equipment that makes it very difficult for us to eliminate from our lives today.

One of those appliances includes the trusty refrigerator. This metal cupboard keeps our delicious food and produce from going bad. It is the one destination we come to when we’re feeling hungry or thirsty and it is always there for us. However, did you know that there is a specific way of placing the food in the refrigerator? No, I’m not talking about the freezer and non-freezer section. In the non-freezer section specifically, food items must be placed in a certain way to prevent it from going bad too soon.

The top drawer

The top drawer in the refrigeration section is usually the coldest region there. Sitting right below the freezer section, the top drawer is perfect for things that you want to be cold, but not very. This could include fruits like grapes, watermelon, muskmelons etc. It is also the perfect spot to keep packaged foods as well as pickles.

The middle section

This is the busiest area in the refrigerator. This space will keep the produce nice and chilled and won’t over-freeze or under freeze them. The temperature in this zone is perfect for vegetables, milk, raw eggs and other kinds of produce. Ideally, the food items in this section should be consumed between 4-5 days before they go bad.

The lower-middle section

This section is right above the vegetable drawer. This area has a lesser amount of humidity. This temperature is ideal for nuts and fruits. You can also keep masalas like curry leaves, green chillies, ginger etc. in this section.

The bottom section

This is the lower-most section of the refrigerator. Usually, it includes a vegetable drawer and it is ideal for- you guessed it right- vegetables! This section has the highest level of humidity that helps the vegetables to be fresh. You can also store herbs in this section.\

The door

This is the warmest area in the refrigerator as it is constantly subjected to the outside temperature. As we know the door is commonly known to hold butter, eggs and other condiments, followed by water bottles (if you ever heard your mom’s scoldings and actually filled them) and drinks/juices. The correct order for placement on the door is: Top shelf- Eggs, Butter,cheeses. Middle shelves- condiments like salad dressings, sauces etc. Last shelf- Water bottles/juices/drinks.

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Chef Sanjeev Kapoor is the most celebrated face of Indian cuisine. He is Chef extraordinaire, runs a successful TV Channel FoodFood, hosted Khana Khazana cookery show on television for more than 17 years, author of 150+ best selling cookbooks, restaurateur and winner of several culinary awards. He is living his dream of making Indian cuisine the number one in the world and empowering women through power of cooking to become self sufficient. His recipe portal www.sanjeevkapoor.com is a complete cookery manual with a compendium of more than 10,000 tried & tested recipes, videos, articles, tips & trivia and a wealth of information on the art and craft of cooking in both English and Hindi.