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The new fridge rules

Good Housekeeping magazine and the NHS have recently issued new guidelines about which stuff you should refrigerate and which you shouldn’t.

Even to the extent of where in the fridge you should put it!

Keeping dairy foods in the fridge door is not a good idea as its warmer there. Well that sounds fine but how else am I going to stand my milk and OJ cartons? Perhaps the readers of Good Housekeeping have giant American-style fridges?

The debate started with tomato ketchup. Asda said it was keeping it both on the shelves and in fridges to meet differing customer expectations (almost a 50:50 split in opinion).

The magazine thinks condiments should stay in the door, cooked foods on the top shelf, dairy in the middle and raw meat below that and  vegetables at the bottom. That’s four shelves (assumptions about big fridges again).

The NHS advises keeping eggs in the fridge away from other food  or in a cool place below 20c because of the risk of salmonella. To keep cheese moist in fridge tightly double wrap it in waxed paper and then loosely in foil to avoid mould. Butter can be kept out of fridge in a butter dish but will go rancid after a few days.

Bread, Marmite, peanut butter and soy sauce can be kept on shelves together with coffee (in air-tight container) and chocolate but jams, mustards, nut oils and lemon juice should go in the fridge.

Some gas-releasing fruit such as avocados, bananas, nectarines, plums,peaches, pears, and tomatoes should be kept out of the fridge so they don’t spoil other food, but it’s ideal for berries and grapes which like the cool moisture and OK for apples.

Some vegetables such as carrots and parsnips last well in the fridge but potatoes, onions and garlic should be stored in cool places.

And never put hot food in the fridge as it raises the temperature and can lead to food poisoning”

Chefs tend to believe there is no need to refrigerate everything but scientist encourage us to be safe.