How to organise your fridge like a pro

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How to organise your fridge like a pro

There are few things more satisfying than a well-organised fridge. Not only is it easier to find what you’re looking for and keep track of stock levels, but it also helps keep your food fresher for longer. Here’s how to pack your fridge perfectly.


1. Store everything in its place

A general rule of thumb is that the bottom of the fridge tends to be the coldest section, so pack your fridge accordingly. Raw meat, poultry and fish should be sealed and placed on the bottom shelf, with veggies and fruit kept in the bottom drawer. Place cooked items, such as leftovers or cold meats, on the top shelf and dairy below on the middle shelves. This minimises the risk of dripping and cross-contamination between cooked and raw foods. Additionally, avoid storing milk in the fridge door, as the constant opening and closing creates a fluctuation in temperature that can cause dairy to go off quicker. For safety, story all dairy in the middle of the fridge.

2. Save space by identifying what doesn’t need to be in the fridge

As you already know, certain foods, such as dairy products, ready-made meals, leftovers and other perishables need to be stored in the fridge to stay fresh. Alternatively, food such as unripened bananas, avocados and tomatoes, as well as honey and coffee, can be stored at room temperature. Keep in mind that these fruits, along with many others such as pineapples, mangoes and naartjies, will continue to ripen outside the fridge, so if you want them to last longer, split the batch and store some in the fridge to use at a later date.

3. Pack the fridge neatly

To prevent a smelly fridge, make sure you’re storing things properly. Use fridge-safe storage bins and plastic containers to keep things neat, and cover where necessary. For example, store cut onions in a covered container to reduce smells and put loose produce together in a container to keep it from being squashed. Mark the dates of items that perish quickly so you’re reminded to use them up before they expire.

4. Don’t overstock

Keeping track of what’s in the fridge and what you really need to buy not only saves you money, but also helps keep the produce in your fridge at its peak. An overstuffed fridge can restrict proper cold airflow, which can lead to things spoiling quicker. Do a stocktake before you head out or keep a list of things to buy on the fridge to take with you when you go shopping.

You can make your groceries go further by making small tweaks to the way you pack and store your food, but investing in an appliance with the latest technology like the LG InstaView fridge makes preserving your food for longer even easier. The LG InstaView’s unique features make this fridge a must-have for any food lover.

  • The sleek tinted glass panel illuminates with two quick knocks, so you can see inside the easy access compartment without opening the door, reducing cold air loss to help keep food fresher longer.
  • LG’s innovative cooling technologies like Linear Cooling and Door Cooling maintain an optimum cool temperature inside perfect for keeping fruit and veg fresh for longer.
  • Multi Air Flow makes sure cool air is supplied to every corner of the refrigerator.
  • The HygieneFresh+ intelligent 5-stage air filter not only removes up 99.99% bacteria, but also minimises bad odours. This way, you won’t have any unpleasant smells or flavours transferring to other food.

LG’s InstaView door-in-door fridge

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