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How to choose your fridge

January 30, 2019
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Your fridge is one of the most hard-working appliances in the kitchen. After all, it’s on 24 hours a day. This is also the only way to store chilled foods to keep them absolutely fresh and tasty. However, do you really know how to organise your fridge in order to keep everything fresher for longer?

CAFF207SS

Our CAFF207SS fridge-freezer has an A+ energy rating with two salad crispers, and five adjustable glass shelves in the fridge with multi-air flow for an even temperature and is shown here in our in-frame Winford kitchen.

Before you follow our expert advice on how to organise your fridge, we suggest you give your appliance a good clean. After all, if you store milk in your fridge door, which is not the best place (more on that later), it’s likely to splash onto the door compartment. Also, if you don’t put certain items into containers, such as open packs of cheese, you could find crumbs galore, will need to be dealt with.

So, wipe all those shelves clean and make sure anything, which is out of date is tossed in the bin. Check the temperature of your fridge too – ideally, this should be set between 1°C and 4°C so your food stays at 5°C or lower. Then you should be ready to follow our advice on how to organise the contents in your fridge properly.  Store items, such as cheese, correctly to prevent crumbs from dropping into your fridge

Invest in a new fridge-freezer

Chances are your fridge or fridge-freezermay not be operating efficiently. If this is the case, it may be time to invest in a new model. Look for energy efficiency ratings which are A+ and higher and this will keep your electricity bills lower. You can even find models with independently controlled temperature zones. So, you can switch off an entire section if it’s not being used. Look for handy functions which include fast-chill and frost-free settings.

Our striking CAFF45GM French-door fridge-freezerin an on-trend gunmetal finish is so versatile it features four compartments where you can choose whether to use one as an additional fridge or freezer

Store and order

Hands up who tends to return from the supermarket and throws everything in the fridge? It’s fair to say we’ve all done this from time to time. After all, it’s so easy to pack it all in quickly with a view to organising it all later. However, how many of you actually do return to organise your fridge?!

So, instead, take a step back with shopping bags in hand and consider where and how certain items should be stored first. From dairy to condiments and from vegetables to raw meat, keeping your food fresher for longer can be as simple as knowing the right place to store them in your fridge. You’ll save yourself time and money, too.

CAFF60

With a A++ rating for energy efficiency, our CAFF60 fridge-freezer features six compartments, including a special section to keep vegetables fresher for longer,  and three temperature zones, which can be turned off independently making it even more energy efficient.

Fridge storage know-how

Don’t forget to store foods correctly when you organise your fridge, too. Once you’ve opened any condiments, from jams to pickles, pop them in the door of your fridge. Meanwhile raw meat and fish needs to be sealed and covered while cooked food should be suitably covered, too. Keep raw and cooked foods away from one another. Just remember that cooked items should be placed on a higher shelf than raw food. This way, any drips from the raw food won’t contaminate your cooked items. Make sure you keep fresh foods, such as salad, away from the back of your fridge, too.

Otherwise, these items could freeze which will result in deterioration. Do you know where to store butter and soft cheese? We suggest you place these in your door shelves, as they don’t need to be in the coldest part of your fridge. Not all fruit and vegetables need to be kept in the fridge either – so, leave out bananas, peaches, nectarines, tomatoes and avocados or they will spoil too soon. Eggs prefer a consistent temperature however, so keep them on the middle shelf to help them last longer. Consider where to store vegetables in your fridge so they will ultimately last longer. 

Follow our top tips on what to store where in your fridge to help you get the most out of your appliance and keep your food fresher for longer:

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