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Many people have no idea that different areas of a fridge are at different temperatures, which by extension means that each type of food is best kept in a certain area. This being the case, it goes without saying that the contents of the fridge must be organised correctly according to these different temperature zones. The PerfectFresh system from Miele is helpful here.

 

The crisper: The temperature in this area is between 6 and 8°C and it is here that you should store fruit and vegetables. However, they should not be kept in airtight packaging, as fruit and vegetables must be able to “breathe”. Cucumbers, aubergines, courgettes, squash, tomatoes, peppers, green beans and avocados, for example, do not belong in the fridge, as these types of vegetable are very sensitive to cold. Bananas cannot cope in fridge conditions either and should be stored for short periods only at room temperature, along with mangos, pineapples, mandarins, lemons, oranges, pomegranates and melons.

The glass shelf: At a temperature of 2°C, this is the coldest part of the fridge. It is where you should store foods that will spoil quickly, such as raw meat, mince, cold cuts and raw fish.

Central areas: These zones are still very cool, with a temperature of 2 to 4°C. This is where you should keep dairy products such as yoghurt and curd cheese, as well as homemade dishes.

Top areas: At 4 to 6°C, it is a little warmer here than lower down. This is where cheese and smoked sausage products belong.

Fridge door: At 5 to 7°C, this is the warmest part of the fridge. Here you can store eggs, butter, drinks, milk, jams, dressings, mustard and ketchup. However, some of these foods, such as eggs, butter and drinks, do not actually have to be chilled.

See our food glossary for more information about proper food storage.