Guilty of losing items in your fridge only to find them months later growing fur? Part of avoiding food from growing the all-too-familiar mold is by making sure your fridge is cleanly organized and every item is in plain view. You don't need a fancy fridge to make this happen, but rather take a look at this table that will help you organize your fridge by shelf.
|On the top shelf, which is usually the tallest, place bottled beverages and a filtered water jug.||On the side door's top shelf, place butter and blocks of cheese.|
|On the second shelf, stack leftovers in plastic containers on one side. On the other side, store deli meat, bread, and eggs in their original container.||On the second side door shelf, group small condiments together by type, i.e. jellies and mustards.|
|On the bottom shelf, store milk, yogurt, sour cream, and cottage cheese on one half. On the other side, store all raw meats.||On the third side door shelf, group international condiments like Italian sun-dried tomatoes, olives, and Asian curry pastes.|
|In the low-humidity drawer, divide and organize fruit by type. Avoid storing dense fruit like apples on top of delicate fruit like berries.||In a fourth side door shelf, group larger jars together by type, such as bouillon pastes, miso pastes, nut butters, and pickles.|
|In a high-humidity (crisper) drawer, divide and organize vegetables by type. Avoid storing dense veggies on top of delicate greens.||In the tallest bottom side-door shelf, place tall bottles of condiments including ketchup and soy sauce and any other large juice bottles or nondairy milks.|
For even more, check out our guide on where to store fruits and vegetables.