Where Foods Stay Freshest Inside Your Fridge

Did you know that your fridge has different temperatures and humidity levels in different sections? Most of us have a refrigerator with little drawers and compartments but aside from the egg containers or vegetable and fruit crispers, we are clueless about where to keep our foods to keep them at their freshest.

The different sections of your fridge are more than just organizational compartments. Refrigerator manufacturers tell us that they are based on the interior environment of the refrigerator itself and are set up to optimize freshness. Once we understand that interior environment, we can ensure that our food remains as fresh as possible.

The Crispers

So what is the difference between the crisper for vegetables and the compartment for fruits. It seems it’s a matter of humidity. Most refrigerators have drawers where the crisper drawers can be humidity controlled.

High humidity loving items are the ones that don’t produce the naturally ripening hormone ethylene which includes most vegetables but also raspberries and strawberries. Produce that requires a low humidity environment are typically fruits as they do produce their own ethylene.


You probably put your condiments on the interior door shelves which is exactly where they were designed for but you may not know why. Condiments are typically high in salt and vinegar which are natural preservatives. This is why condiments, pickles, and olives are safe being stored in the warmest section of the fridge.


One place where the refrigerator manufacturers got it wrong is with the little egg container you may see placed in the interior of the door. This is not the optimal place to keep eggs fresh. Eggs should be kept somewhere in the middle of the fridge where they can be kept at a colder temperature.

Meat and Dairy

Your meats and dairy should be kept at the bottom of the fridge, preferably at the back. This is the coldest place in the entire refrigerator. No, milk should not be kept in the door as some people choose to do. This will not keep it at its freshest.

Butter and Cheese

The exceptions to that rule are butter and cheese. Because of the way these items are processed, butter and cheeses don’t require as cold an environment and can be kept in the butter compartment of your fridge.

Considering that temperatures will vary inside the refrigerator, it’s handy to remember that heat rises so the coldest place will be at the bottom. The shelves on the door are in a less insulated area so these shelves will be warmer than the rest of the fridge. Common sense can often dictate where the best place to store food should be when you’re in a pinch.

If you find that your refrigerator is simply not keeping your foods fresh, it may be time to call for an appliance repair in Waterloo. Call the professionals at Top Choice Appliance Repair for all your household appliance repair needs.