The overloaded fridge

Storage at full capacity.  The fridge has reached a point of no return. Overloaded to the extreme. The thought of opening the door to delve through the shelves to find what you are looking for is overwhelming. You know you are going to have to start tucking things under one arm.  Move pieces around like a chess board with the other.  Then find exactly what it is that you are looking for. But what if it didn’t need to be this way? Perhaps there are items currently located in the fridge that just don’t need to be there? It is very possible.

Refrigeration storage

Some may be habits we have gained from generations before us.  Others we may have created ourselves based on personal preference. So does this mean we should buy a bigger fridge?  Or rewire our brain map for ‘what to fridge and what not to fridge’?  Learning new habits will definitely be a more fruitful option for our bank balance.

When it comes to fruit and vegetables some of us may have preconceived ideas.  The idea that they must all be stored in the fridge to maintain quality and freshness.  But this is not always the case. There are many fruits and vegetables which can maintain a perfectly acceptable shelf life.  And by that we mean quite literally ‘on the shelf’.  Or in a fruit and veggie bowl.

Storage – how to determine what should or shouldn’t be stored in the fridge

One of the easiest ways to determine refrigeration storage is by following the examples set by your local grocer. And when you think about how many things are located purely on shelving it is mind blowing! Of course if you prefer to have crispy chilled apples, or cooled tomatoes then by all means put them in your crisper.

For other food types, fridge storage can actually be detrimental if the fridge is too cold. For example Liebherr’s BioFresh drawer chills to just above 0°C. At this temperature combined with high or low humidity (depending on the food types), results have shown that many fruit, vegetables, meat, fish and dairy last significantly longer when compared to traditional refrigeration.

However some fruit and vegetables such as pineapple, avocado, pumpkin, zucchini, citrus fruits, green beans, cucumbers and egg plant are sensitive to cold, so storing those in a BioFresh drawer at 0°C would be detrimental to their development. They are best stored on the shelves in Liebherr fridges with BioFresh or in a BioFreshPlus drawer at +6°C or in a fruit bowl on the bench.  There are also some food types that whilst storage in a bowl on the bench is best for ripening purposes, if you want to slow down the aging process, the chilled air can assist in this process such as avocados.

BioFresh storage

Fridge storage only after opening

Many other grocery items such as tins of canned vegetables, bottles of sauce and jars of marinades you can store safely in the pantry.  Often for lengthy periods of time. So this can save valuable space in the fridge when needed. It is only upon opening that you should place any remains in the refrigerator so bacteria and mould are kept at bay. For tinned foods, left overs should be transferred into an air tight container with remaining juices (where applicable) and consumed within 2-3 days. Jars and sauces with lids tightly and stored in the original vessel.

So next time your fridge is looking like it’s about to explode perhaps have a good look at what you have stored.  Reflect on what you can place elsewhere without compromising the product.