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You May Be Storing Vegetables The Wrong Way In Your Fridge

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You May Be Storing Vegetables The Wrong Way In Your Fridge

After doing a big shop, chances are you'll pack everything into the fridge the same way you've always done - and that might include popping your fruit and vegetables into the drawers.

But is that the right way to store them?

One mum has recently discovered that her ground level pull outs are actually not for fruit and veg because there's a possibility they might freeze.

Frozen cucumber, mmm.

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Taking to a Facebook group, the woman decided to share her discovery with others as she wrote: "So I've had my fridge for well over 10 years and I've only just read this label oops."

She went on to explain how she would store apples and avocados in the drawers, only for them to eventually freeze, before going on to ask what others do.

Responding to the lady, one person said: "We put meats and drinks (beer and white wine) in that drawer," while another said: "I've gone between cheese, meats, school snacks, chocolates... now it's disposable waters."

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Other people said they placed cured meats, dips and eggs in the 'chilled' compartment too.

The message on the woman's fridge. Credit: Facebook
The message on the woman's fridge. Credit: Facebook

It is worth noting that appliances will differ and some fridges will have 'chill' areas (which pose a risk of freezing) and others have 'crispers' which are for your fruit and veg.

Jenna Brown, The Food Safety Mum, told The Sun: "Most models of fridges (in the UK) will have one or two salad crisper drawers, which are specifically designed to store your fruit and veg as the humidity levels within these drawers help to prolong the life of these foods.

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"Some fridges may also then come with an additional 'Chill Drawer' which can be used to store high risk foods such as meats and fish and are designed to hold the temperature within this compartment regardless of temperature fluctuations within the fridge."

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Credit: PA

Packing your fridge correctly can help you to avoid food poisoning - which is good for everyone, right?

So here are some things to look out for. First of all, make sure your fridge is set to a temperature of between 1-5⁰C. You can get a fridge thermometer to keep tabs on that.

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Raw meat and fish must be kept away from ready-to-eat items, so the best place to store them is on the bottom shelf as it's coldest and will stop any drippage.

In turn, you should keep ready-to-eat and cooked food higher up. Another good tip is not to overfill your fridge as this can increase the temperature, leading to more potential for bacteria to multiply.

Something we should all be doing is checking use by dates and storing new food at the back so you can use the stuff that may be going out of date sooner first.

BRB, just rearranging my fridge...

Featured Image Credit: Flickr/Meal Makeover Moms

Topics: Interesting, Community

Rebecca Shepherd
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