You’ve been storing your milk all wrong – here’s where you should be keeping it and it’s not in the fridge door

WHEN YOU unpack the shopping, you’re bound to know where everything goes in your kitchen, without having to think twice.

The apples go in the fruit bowl, the onions go in the cupboard and the milk goes in the fridge door.

Well…it might be time for a re-think about where you are storing your milk.

It may come as a surprise to you, but how you store your fridge has a huge impact on how much energy it spends and how long your food lasts.

With the cost of living rising and many of us living paycheck to paycheck, small tweaks such as moving things around in your fridge can be helpful for saving some money. 

Chris Beasley, from the home insurance company Smart Cover, has revealed how to correctly organise your fridge to make your food last longer.

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Chris explained that the first step in making your fridge work smarter is to commit to being organised with where everything goes.

He said: “It may sound obvious but having a system when it comes to unloading your shopping is really effective.

“Being organised means you know where to find things and are less likely to have food that you’ve forgotten about languishing at the back of your fridge.

“This means less food waste which is good for the environment and it’s better for your pocket because you’re not buying things you already have."

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On top of this, Chris explained that each product has a specific place that it should live in your fridge.

Most of us put milk in the fridge door, but it turns out that this might not be the best place to put it if you want your milk to keep fresh for longer.

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Chris warned: “Door compartments are actually warmer than the rest of the fridge. If you find your milk isn’t lasting very long, try storing it in the main storage area instead.

“Condiments and sauces tend to have a longer shelf life and don’t need to be stored at a specific temperature in the fridge, so they will usually last okay in the door or on the top shelf.

“The same goes for bottled drinks. It makes them easier to store and more convenient to reach if they are in the door, too.”

According to Chris, a rule of thumb is to avoid overfilling your fridge.

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Chris continued: "Stacking stuff on top of each other will prevent air circulating between your goods and cold air getting everywhere that it needs to.

"This means your fridge has to work harder and your food will go off quicker.”

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