- Step 1: Keep fruits and vegetable separate Keep fruits and vegetables separate. Different gases are produced by fruits and vegetables, which cause others to deteriorate.
- Step 2: Store leftovers Store leftovers in airtight, leakproof containers.
- TIP: Make sure any containers you purchase or use have a tight seal, and throw away old storage containers that have cracked lids.
- Step 3: Put cooked foods Put cooked food and leftovers above raw meat, seafood, and poultry.
- Step 4: Keep meat in bottom drawer Keep all meat in the bottom drawer. This prevents cross-contamination through any drippings.
- TIP: Place meat in a sealed plastic bag to prevent leaking juices.
- Step 5: Close jars and bottles Make sure jars and bottles are closed tightly to prevent spoiling or passing of odors to other food.
- Step 6: Store condiments and drinks Put items that will not spoil, such as condiments and bottled drinks, in the door compartment.
- Step 7: Organize Avoid overfilling the shelves, which can prevent the circulation of cold air. Stay organized so your foods remain safe and fresh.
- FACT: Approximately 5,000 deaths and 325,000 hospitalizations are caused by food-borne diseases each year.
You Will Need
- leakproof containers
- Plastic bags (optional)