Fresh and Safe Food in China: How to Properly Clean Out Your Fridge

Fresh and Safe Food in China: How to Properly Clean Out Your Fridge

We know you care about the quality and safety of the food you prepare and eat while in China. But the way you store it in your refrigerator could be undoing all of that good! If your fridge sounds anything like this - last week’s leftovers, unfinished takeaway, empty bottles of hot sauce, moldy cheese - it might be time to take a good look at what’s inside and give it a good spring clean.

Don’t worry – it’s easier than you think!

The first thing you need to do is to empty all the contents out onto the kitchen bench. There’s two very good reasons for this: one, you can see exactly what items you have that need to be kept or thrown away; two, you need an empty fridge to give it a good old scrub.

Sort through the contents and throw away any items that have passed their use-by date.  And do this quickly – you don’t want your items sitting outside for too long!

Give the shelves a wipe with a cloth dipped in hot soapy water. (Tip: Make your own cleaner by mixing one cup of water, one tablespoon of bi-carb soda and two drops of vanilla essence.)

Wipe down each shelf – remove them from the fridge first if that makes things easier - and make sure all other surfaces are similarly cleaned.  If there are sticky, stubborn marks, use more boiling water to dissolve the stains and wipe them again with your cloth. Once finished, you can give everything a vanilla essence wipe down. Vanilla essence helps to absorb odors so add a few drops to your damp cloth and wipe over every surface. Don’t forget to give the outside a wash as well.

And now you can organize the contents of your fridge!

Different products have different storage requirements, but in order to increase the longevity and maintain the quality of many food items, proper refrigeration is extremely important.
Just like people, foods have a certain temperature at which they feel most comfortable. Knowing what this temperature is, and storing your food appropriately, will help keep it fresher and healthier for longer.

The best spots to keep everything:

Up Top: The most accessible part of the fridge, ideal for packaged and dry foods and things you need easy access to, like drinks.

In the Middle: The temperature is most consistent here so it’s the perfect place for your dairy items like milk, cheese, yogurt and spreads. Cooked leftovers will also be happy here.

Down Low: The coldest part of the fridge. Store all uncooked meats here so if any juices escape they don’t drip down and contaminate other foods.

Drawers: Most of us already do this but the drawers are ideal for storing fruit and veg as they’re less humid than other parts of the fridge.

Door: Door temperature fluctuates quite a lot so avoid putting milk here. Instead store condiments, sauces, wine and other non-perishable items.

Temperature: The ideal fridge temperature is around 2°C.

Remember - cleaning out your fridge once a month will make the job easier on yourself and help prevent the build-up of bacteria and other undesirable odors.

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever found in your fridge while in China? Leave a comment below.

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cant believe I actually clicked this

Dec 28, 2015 12:52 Report Abuse



Rule number 1 when advertising on a website: know who your target market is. Judging from the 'posts' and 'spams' that have appeared recently on ECC, the target market is pre-teens or early teens, not experienced travelers. If you consistently have posts or such obvious spams such as this one, the people who you wish to attract will leave. I know times are tough ECC, but this post on 'cleaning your fridge' is just laughable. And to post twice on the same page is just amateurish.

Aug 03, 2015 15:18 Report Abuse



News flash: All laowai know how to defrost a fridge.

Aug 02, 2015 05:01 Report Abuse



Is this an article for retarded people getting ready to be sent out into society? If you don't know how to clean a fridge then you are either 12 years old or you have an extra chromosome. Can't wait for the next article. Maybe you could do one of the following. Ovens are hot - don't touch them. Your mouth - food goes in here. How to wipe your bottom in three easy steps.

Jul 31, 2015 18:59 Report Abuse



There's no please in some people.

Aug 01, 2015 23:00 Report Abuse



There's no pleasing some people.

Aug 02, 2015 18:48 Report Abuse



Black and White, Top and Bottom, Day and Night, Clean and China.....

Jul 31, 2015 12:02 Report Abuse