March 30th, 2015

Stocking Your Fridge To Prevent Food Waste

by Maryland Farmers Market Association

Farmers market season is here! Prevent waste by using these tips for storing your farmers market finds in the fridge:

Top Shelf: The warmest space in the fridge is the top shelf. Place items that are not easily perishable such as beverages and fruits.

2nd Shelf: The second shelf should be reserved for dairy (other than cheese; we’ll get to that later), cooked foods such as leftovers, and other foods that spoil quickly.

Bottom Shelf/Top Drawer: All leafy greens and vegetables need moisture to stay fresh and crisp, so store them in either one of the drawers (not the bottom drawer) or on the very bottom shelf.

For raw meats, always remember to place them at the very bottom of your refrigerator where it is the coldest. Never place anything below raw meats to prevent contamination from spills.

Door: As far as herbs go, place in a jar with 1-2 inches of water, then cover with a plastic bag and put on the door of the fridge.


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