Refrigeration Organization: A Happy Kitchen Starts with Perfectly Stored Produce
Author: Danny Seo
I’m sure you can tell by now that I love taking weekly trips to the Farmer’s Market. I get such pleasure talking to produce vendors and learning about what is currently in season, how this year’s crop has its own unique flavors, and what produce pairings could prove most delicious. “Why,” you might ask? Well, as any home cook knows, success in the kitchen stems from quality, fresh ingredients. But the love, care and thought that you put into selecting your Farmer’s Market haul doesn’t stop there. A while back, I shared my tips for how to keep greens fresh, and today I’m back with more tips on how to perfectly store your produce and organize your refrigerator. Shall we get started?
Location, Location, Location // We’ve all been there. You wake up on a Sunday morning ready to make a delicious brunch only to open your refrigerator and find a wilting bunch of kale, overly soft peaches, or dried out corn. Avoiding the disappointment of throwing away past-its-prime produce is so easy with a very simple organizing trip. After a trip to the Farmer’s Market, you might be tempted to put your “newer” items towards the front of your refrigerator. Instead, place the “older,” unexpired, items in the front and the newer items towards the back. This way, you’re more likely to see, and use, the “older” items before they expire.
Make Your Produce Work for You // –The beauty of many modern refrigerators is that they often come with organization features already built-in. But, just as no two people are the same, no two grocery loads are the same, either. Thankfully, Bosch has included a number of features that allow you to store what you want, where you want, making for a simply organized refrigerator.
If your family loves fish, consider storing your fresh salmon in the Chiller Drawer. The drawer is full-width with an adjustable divider, allowing you to easily create the perfect space for your deli and fish items. Retractable shelving is also great for storing taller (or shorter) items, depending on your needs.
I love that Bosch allows you to reimagine the inside of your refrigerator from week to week, but what I love even more is that they have made it even easier to keep your produce as fresh as possible thanks to the Bosch VitaFresh technology. This feature automatically creates the right balance of temperature and humidity to keep your produce fresher, longer without having to do any of the work. I’m all about no-fuss technology and VitaFresh really delivers.
Coming Clean (Weekly and Twice a Year) // Lastly, giving your refrigerator the VIP treatment is a great way to help it do its job of preserving your produce. On a weekly basis, make grocery shopping day also the day where you throw out any untouched or expired items that are taking up space in your refrigerator. I also use this time to wipe down the shelves so that they are crisp, clean and ready to perfectly display my newest food finds. And about twice a year I like to give my refrigerator a deep cleaning, inside and out. You can wash the interior of the fridge with a solution of warm water and baking soda (or a mild, eco-friendly natural abrasive) to loosen hard or sticky spills so they soften and can be removed. If it’s possible, pull your freestanding refrigeration unit out from the wall and vacuum underneath and behind it since dust build up can force a fridge to work harder.
With a clean, neat and organized refrigerator, you might be surprised at what culinary inspiration you might find. The next time you find yourself asking, “what’s for dinner,” try opening the refrigerator door and challenging yourself to use all of your produce before it goes bad. This new outlook can often lead to creative flavor combinations and textures! For a closer look at how I find inspiration from the harvest of fresh fruits and vegetables stored in my Bosch refrigerator, watch the video below!
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