If you are like me, when you get home from the grocery store, your instinct is to stuff food into the refrigerator wherever there’s space for it. This is an efficient method in the short term, but not in the long term. Not every spot in your fridge is the exact same temperature—since you have to open the door periodically to access your food, the areas near the door tend to be warmer, on average. And putting easily-spoiled foods in the warmer spots is just an invitation to mold, curdling, and other culinary woes.
First, make sure your refrigerator is set no higher than 40 degrees—preferably closer to 35. Then, watch the above video to figure out where foods are ideally kept. You may still opt for the random stuffing technique when you’ve had a long day, but if you generally strive for optimal food placement, your food will last longer.