How to Organize Your Refrigerator

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While it may seem like the best solution for storing items in the refrigerator is just figuring out where they fit, a little strategy can go a long way. Modern refrigerators are not just ice boxes but complex units where each item has an ideal place for optimal storage. At All Temp, we have seen every type of refrigerator storage solution, and we have tips on how to organize yours to keep your food fresh longer.

Main Compartment

As you may have guessed, the main compartment is where most food should be stored. The top shelf is the perfect place for leftovers, herbs and ready-to-eat foods. Leftovers do not need to be cooled down before storing, and they should be stored separately in smaller containers for faster cooling. This section is also the best place for drinks like soda or beer. Keeping drinks in the refrigerator helps regulate the overall temperature. 

Lower Shelves

On the lower shelves, the temperature is colder than anywhere else in the refrigerator. However, it is not entirely consistent. That makes it the perfect place for items that easily spoil, like raw meat, dairy products and eggs. Dairy products should be kept in their original packaging so they have room to breathe and stay fresh longer. 


In the doors, the temperature is generally the warmest and the least stable. Therefore, you need to make sure not to store any dairy in this area. This is the best place to store non-perishable items like condiments and other items that need to be easily accessible.  


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We recommend storing fruits and vegetables in the sealed drawers below the shelves. Do not throw meat in with them, and do not mix fruits with vegetables. This will avoid cross contamination, which can change flavors and cause early spoilage. If you wash your fruits and vegetables before storing them, store them with paper towels to absorb the excess liquid so the moisture does not cause spoilage.


A surprising amount of food can be stored in the freezer, and for some foods, it’s essential. If raw meat is not cooked within a few days, it will spoil. Once frozen, it will need 24 hours to thaw for every 4-5 pounds. It is best to keep the freezer 70-80 percent full so it runs most efficiently. Items like freezer blocks can help fill any empty space.

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Cabinets and Counters

Some items, like bananas, potatoes, onions, squash and tomatoes, are better off not being refrigerated. Bananas should be hung, if possible, and these other foods should be stored in dark places like cupboards. Bread and nuts can be refrigerated if they tend to lie around for a long time, but otherwise they do not need refrigeration.

Here at All Temp, we offer refrigeration services from installation to maintenance and repair. We recommend keeping your refrigerator clean and organizing it to keep your food fresh as long as possible. We offer emergency repairs, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. To learn more about our services, contact us online or give us a call at (407) 857-7800.

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