Fridge etiquette: it's a simple thing - or is it?

Fridge etiquette: it's a simple thing - or is it?


Posted 5th Sep 2018

It seems that there is a bit of confusion from some Brits about what should go where, as it was found three quarters are uncertain over which foods they should be chilling.

This comes as there's the new waves of superfoods hitting out plates, while there are long-standing debates on items such as butter, eggs and ketchup, along with how they should be stored.

This prompted Hisense to ask 2,000 UK residents about fridge etiquette. It was found that an amazing 61% have admitted they leave gone off food in the fridge for longer than they should, while just over half tried to extend the food's life by wrapping an open packet in cling film, and then eating something they probably shouldn't.

Hisense have now compiled the following top tips to help:

1. Aim to keep your fridge at between one and four C - this helps to ensure optimum food quality and freshness.

2. To achieve proper ventilation, leave a one-inch gap behind and above the fridge.

3. A misconception reveals that by filling the fridge to capacity, it's more efficient. This actually prevents airflow and will affect the internal temperature.

4. You should ensure raw meat is kept away from any vegetables and cooked food. Make sure your meat juices don't leak on any other items in the fridge by keeping it on the bottom shelf, while storing vegetables and fruits in drawers and cooked items on higher shelves.

5. The warmest part of the fridge will be the door - if you want a crisp, chilled prosecco, store it on a shelf instead.

6. You should avoid placing salads and herbs towards the back of the fridge - it's the coldest part and can freeze the leaves, meaning they will end up spoiled.

7. Wrap any opened packets of food in cling film to extend the shelf life. This will also protect them from leakages and the risk of absorbing smells.

8. Never put any hot, cooked food straight into the fridge - it only raises the overall temperature and could spoil other items.

9. Store items such as avocados, onions and potatoes in cupboards. If they're in the fridge, they can speed up the ripening process of other fruits and vegetables.

10. A quarter of Brits will clean their fridge twice a year - make sure you keep it clean by giving it a weekly clean. A solution of Bicarbonate of Soda, mixed with equal parts of water, is a great fridge-cleaning combo, and keeps it smelling fresh too.

Nick Fletcher, Marketing Manager for Hisense UK, said: "The fridge is a kitchen essential, and when it breaks down, it can cause major panic in households. However, despite a rise in consumer concern around food waste, it seems that many Brits aren’t up to speed on their fridge dos and don’ts, with many potentially wasting hundreds of pounds each year on inedible food."






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