With lockdown now easing, we've been deploying all our food storage know-hows so we can replenish our sorry-looking fridge freezer shelves.
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Yet, with the fridge (now) fuller than usual, it brings the age-old arguments back to the surface: which food products should be kept in the fridge? This has been a debate in our household which goes beyond just finding space somewhere in the fridge, or cupboards, and stuffing it in – out of sight, out of mind, right? SO wrong!
We can all breathe a sigh of relief because home appliances manufacturer, Hisense (opens in new tab), has worked with Marie Kondo-certified organising expert Sue Spencer, also known as A Life More Organised (opens in new tab), to settle the biggest debates in food storage. Keep scrolling for the top tips, a helpful infographic AND where you can buy a new fridge freezer (if you need).
1. How to store potatoes
This one has caught us out; fridge or cupboard?
'Potatoes do not belong in the fridge. They are best stored in a cool, dark place where they will last a while! I keep mine in a basket in one of my kitchen cupboards. It’s easily accessible and easy to pack away after the weekly shop.'
Find out more about how to store potatoes in our guide.
2. Ketchup in the fridge?
'In the fridge, in the door,' instructs Sue. 'All condiments should be kept in the door where possible. If you are a fan of some of those bigger bottles of ketchup that go flying when you open the door, try and find a shelf insert that makes the sides of the shelf higher. A simple and cheap hack that might save you a lot of clean-up in the long run!'
3. Should you keep eggs in the fridge?
It's best to, yes!
'Eggs are absolutely best stored in the fridge but be aware that the door is not the best place for them,” recommends Sue. “The door is subject to a lot of opening and closing but eggs do need a more consistent temperature. Keep these on the middle shelf with other dairy products.'
Sue also says: 'Eggs are porous which means they can be impacted by being stored near pungent foods. Where possible, keep them in the carton!'
Find out more about how to store eggs in our guide.