This Is Why You Should Never, Ever Store Your Milk In The Fridge Door

by Ileana Paules-Bronet
Ileana is the Senior Editor of Branded Content at Wild Sky Media. She grew up in upstate New York and Oregon and now lives in Queens, NY. Ileana graduated from Skidmore College with a degree in sociology. After graduating, she attended the Columbia Publishing Course in New York City, then worked as in marketing at Oxford University Press. Since transitioning to editorial, she has written for BuzzFeed, HuffPost, and Woman's World. She has also worked for local newspapers and magazines in upstate New York. In her free time, you can find Ileana watching Law & Order: SVU, eating ice cream, and spending time with her dog.

Almost every fridge I’ve ever opened has one thing in common: The milk is stored in the door. There’s a good reason for this — it fits perfectly.

A gallon of milk almost always perfectly fits in the fridge door — it’s also a convenient location because most people use milk a lot, so keeping it in the door makes it easy to quickly grab and replace.

Spoiled milk is never any fun, and although you can use it for a lot of different things, there are some good ways to keep your milk fresh for a long time.

Proper food storage and organization is essential for keeping food fresh longer. This might come as a surprise, but in order to keep your milk fresh, safe, and delicious for longer, you actually shouldn’t keep it in the door.

Instead, you should store all your dairy products on a lower or middle shelf — this is the best place for milk.

The fridge door has the most temperature fluctuations, which makes it unsuitable for products that need to be kept at a steady, chilled temperature, like milk and dairy.

Read on to learn how to best store your groceries in the fridge!

[H/T Cosmopolitan]

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fridge organization

Instead of putting your milk in the fridge door next time, put it on one of the middle shelves of your fridge instead.

In order to keep your fridge well-organized so that each food is stored properly, read the following guidelines!

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On the top shelf of your fridge, store all the foods that don’t need cooking.

The upper fridge shelves are the best place to keep foods like deli meats and leftovers.

On the shelf under that, store your dairy products, like milk, cheese, butter, and yogurt. This can also be a good place to store eggs.

fridge shelves

On the lowest shelf of the fridge, store your raw foods.

According to Cosmopolitan, the lowest shelf on the fridge is the coldest, so it keeps perishable food like raw meat and fish fresh.

Placing raw food on the bottom shelf also helps minimize the risk of cross-contamination, since anything that drips or spills off raw meat won’t be able to spill throughout the entire fridge.

Beneath that is the drawers, which is where you should store your fruits and vegetables.

Keep the produce in their original bags or packaging to keep them fresh.

fridge door

Finally, the door.

You might be thinking, “So if I can’t keep milk in the fridge door, what can I keep in the door?”

Great question — you should keep condiments and other items with natural preservatives (like jams, jellies, and juices) in the door of your fridge.

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Do you have other clever fridge hacks? Let us know in the comments below!

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