4. Organizing Your Crisper Drawers
To make sure none of your produce gets lost, damaged, or forgotten, invest in simple bins and baskets to keep your crisper drawers organized. Remove produce from plastic produce bags and store them in small baskets to keep them from rolling or banging around in the drawer. If you do not have a refrigerator with humidity vents on the crisper drawers, use lidded plastic containers to keep ethylene-gas producing fruits from prematurely ripening other produce. Organizing your fridge doesn’t have to be expensive. Visit your local dollar store for cute bins and baskets that won’t break your budget.
3. Storing Raw Meat
If you have more crisper drawers than you can use for your produce, reserve one toward the bottom for raw meats. Depending on your type of refrigerator, the bottom may be the coldest region of the fridge. Keeping your meat toward the bottom will keep it at a cooler temperature. It will also prevent any meat juices from leaking down onto other food items. The USDA recommends keeping raw ground meats in the refrigerator for only one or two days before using. Larger cuts of meats like roasts or steaks can be kept in the fridge for three to five days. After cooking, meat can be stored in the fridge for three or four days.
2. Line Your Crisper Drawers
For easy cleanup, line your crisper drawers with layers of paper towels, butcher paper, or newspaper. The paper will absorb any extra moisture from damp produce, preventing premature decay. Swapping out the crisper liners for fresh ones also makes cleaning the crisper drawers a breeze. In addition to lining your refrigerator drawers with paper towels, you can add a sheet of toweling to a bag or container of lettuce and other greens. The paper towel will soak up any extra moisture in the container and keep your greens fresh longer.