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Organize Your Fridge, Your Food Won't Spoil

4:20 PM, Jul 8, 2013   |    comments
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Undated -- Consumer Reports said the best way to extend your food's life is to make sure it's stored properly.

They offer five tips that can help you re-organize your fridge to make your food last longer.

Find the right spot. The back of the refrigerator is the coldest area. Place milk and eggs, in their cartons, in back. Throw out milk if it's more than a week past its sell-by date; eggs last three to five weeks from when they're purchased.

Protect your protein. Wrap raw fish, meat, or poultry and place on plates in back of refrigerator. Store them on lower shelves to prevent juices from dripping on and contaminating other foods. If you won't use the items within a couple of days, freeze them.

Don't pack it full. For food to stay cold enough, there has to be enough room for the air to circulate. When freezing foods, spread them out on various shelves in single layers. You can stack them once they're frozen.

Put a lid on it. Airtight containers are ideal for keeping cold cuts, cheese, and fresh berries from spoiling quickly.

Check the temperatures. Use an appliance thermometer if your refrigerator doesn't have one built in. The refrigerator should be a consistent 37 degrees to 38 degrees F; the freezer, 0 degrees F.

Consumer Reports has tested some refrigerators performance. To see their reviews, click here.

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