GETTING THE MOST FROM YOUR FRIDGE
Storing food and maximizing your refrigerator space can be as challenging as packing. So let's go over a few things you can do to get the most out of all the usable space your refrigerator offers. From making all your groceries fit, to ensuring your food will last longer, you will find it here.
MAXIMIZE YOUR SPACE
When it comes to refrigerators, there's no such thing as too much space. Your new refrigerator has adjustable interior features that will make organization a snap, and maximize the space inside. Get tips below on how to take full advantage of them.
Throwing a party? Family coming over for Thanksgiving? No matter the occasion, organize your refrigerator and your freezer and you'll be able to fit more. See how you can pack smartly and fit more into the space you have.
FOOD STORAGE TIPS
- Grouping similar items together will help you organize and access food.
- Organizing food items by size will create a function for each shelf and make everything easier to find.
- Keep the most often used items in front for easy access.
Free up space
- Check expiration dates weekly in your refrigerator and monthly in your freezer to ensure you use food before it spoils.
- Take inventory and discard out-of-date items or those you probably won't use anytime soon.
- Save space in your refrigerator by only storing what's necessary to be kept cold. Typically items found in the center aisles of your grocery store do not need to be refrigerated if not opened.
Leftovers & perishables
- Wait for leftovers to cool down before putting them into the fridge. Putting hot items in the fridge requires more electricity to cool them down.
- Before storing meat, fish or chicken, make sure they're dry.
- Keep anything that has a strong odor—like onions and cheeses—wrapped tightly and separately.
- It's always a good idea to keep sensitive or highly perishable foods such as eggs in their original packaging and on a shelf.
Temperature & humidity
- The optimum temperature for your refrigerator is between 35°F and 38°F.
- Be careful with foods you place near your refrigerator's air vents as ice may tend to form.
- Also be careful with the humidity settings for your crisper drawers. Too much humidity in your crisper drawer may cause food to freeze.
- The crisper drawers preserve humidity, and will help vegetables and fruits stay crisp.
GOOD REFRIGERATION HABITS
- Did you know that your LG refrigerator uses at least 20% less energy than required by federal standard? Well, you can save even more energy and money by developing good habits.
- When you frequently open the refrigerator or freezer–or leave them opened for a prolonged period of time–warm air may enter and raise the temperature. This is an inefficient practice that can increase the running costs of the unit.
- Try to minimize the amount of time your refrigerator and freezer are left open, and make sure to always close their doors properly.
- Let food cool off before placing it in the refrigerator or freezer so your unit doesn't have to work as hard to keep the food cold.
Give your fridge a vacation
- Before going away on vacation, make sure to use up any perishables and freeze other food items.
- Turn off your ice maker and empty the ice bin.
- If you leave for a prolonged period of time, you may want to shut off your refrigerator altogether.
- When shutting off your fridge, remove all food, unplug the refrigerator, and clean it (wipe and dry well).
- Once the refrigerator has been shut off and cleaned, tape rubber or wood blocks to the tops of both doors to prop them open far enough for air to get in–this stops odor and mold from building up.
- Make the items your family is always reaching for easily accessible–and throw healthy food items into the mix!
- Your refrigerator door is the perfect location for milk and fresh juice, along with healthy snacks for the kids, such as squeezable yogurt or applesauce. You can place other frequently used items towards the front of your shelves. Try stocking your Crisper compartment with easy-to-grab veggie bites, like celery or baby carrots.
- Always seal your food containers–or wrap items with plastic or aluminum foil–to help keep your food fresh.
- Wipe up food spills immediately to keep the inside of your refrigerator clean and free of bacteria.
- Do not use chemical cleaners inside the fridge–you don't want chemicals near your food!