The refrigerator organization secrets that will keep your food fresher

There's one important factor that determines how long your food will survive in the fridge. Here's what you need to know.

Sharon Profis
Sharon Profis Vice President of Content / CNET
Sharon Profis is Vice President of Content CNET.

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Most refrigerators have a problem: they don't maintain a consistent temperature throughout their interior. No matter what temperature your fridge is set at (ideally somewhere between 37 and 40 degrees Farenheit, or 2.8 and 4.4 degrees Celsius), some areas will always be cooler than others.

Here are the most important considerations:

  • The door is the warmest place in your fridge
  • The bottom shelf is the coolest spot
  • Keeping food items spaced out will promote air circulation (which will keep your food -- and entire fridge -- cool)
  • The bottom drawers' humidity settings should be adjusted based on what's being stored

Knowing this, you'll want to develop a strategy for organizing the food in your fridge. For instance, eggs and milk should never be stored in the door, where the temperature is warmest. Check out more tips in the video above, and this slideshow:

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