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Making the Most of Your Refrigerator

How you use your refrigerator plays a part in how effective it is as a storage device. Refrigerators have different layouts, but you can follow some basic guidelines to make any sort of refrigerator easy to use:

  • Try not to pack the refrigerator too densely. The cold air needs sufficient space to circulate around and cool the food.

  • Try to keep the unit moderately full. Fridges work most efficiently when full.

  • Store foods in the same spot, and clear shelves and bins. You don’t want to have to search for that little jar of mustard or jelly every time you open the door.

  • Store meat, poultry, and fish on the lowest drawers. The bottom drawers are usually the coldest.

  • Keep your fridge clean. Liberate old food from the refrigerator every two weeks or so, and give the fridge a good soap-and-water bath every few months.

  • Regulate the temperature. Keep the temperature between 34 and 40 degrees F. Any colder, and you’re wasting energy.

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