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Here’s the Right Way to Organize Your Mess of a Fridge

Reader's Digest Logo By George Miata,Morgan Cutolo of Reader's Digest | Slide 1 of 5: <strong>Milk</strong> is a frequently used item, so your instinct is to store it in a convenient place. But, it's better to store it in a cold place. On the bottom shelf in the back is the best. If you buy multiple gallons of milk at a time, arrange it so that cartons with the earliest use-by dates are reached first. By the way, stop believing these <a href="http://www.rd.com/health/healthy-eating/dairy-myths/">common myths about dairy</a>.<strong>Butter and/or margarine</strong> should also be stored by date. It's best to keep them on the door of your fridge. They don't need to be kept that cold, so it's a perfect and easily accessible spot.<strong>Cheeses</strong> need to be stored in the warmest part of the fridge—at the top, in a door shelf if you have room. Keep them covered in a plastic container or wrapped in greaseproof paper or foil – avoid cling film as it encourages a damp surface, and chemicals in the film may transfer to the cheese.<strong>Cream (or crème fraîche, sour cream) and yogurts</strong> should be kept covered and used by the use-by date. Keep them in a visible spot with the expiration date showing.<strong>Eggs</strong> should be kept in their boxes near to the top of the fridge or in the egg holders in the door. Similar to milk, store eggs in date order.

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Milk is a frequently used item, so your instinct is to store it in a convenient place. But, it's better to store it in a cold place. On the bottom shelf in the back is the best. If you buy multiple gallons of milk at a time, arrange it so that cartons with the earliest use-by dates are reached first. By the way, stop believing these common myths about dairy.

Butter and/or margarine should also be stored by date. It's best to keep them on the door of your fridge. They don't need to be kept that cold, so it's a perfect and easily accessible spot.

Cheeses need to be stored in the warmest part of the fridge—at the top, in a door shelf if you have room. Keep them covered in a plastic container or wrapped in greaseproof paper or foil – avoid cling film as it encourages a damp surface, and chemicals in the film may transfer to the cheese.

Cream (or crème fraîche, sour cream) and yogurts should be kept covered and used by the use-by date. Keep them in a visible spot with the expiration date showing.

Eggs should be kept in their boxes near to the top of the fridge or in the egg holders in the door. Similar to milk, store eggs in date order.

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