Tip of the week
The fully organized refrigerator
Upper shelves: The warmest areas in a refrigerator should be used for items that don’t need the cold, so store leftovers up high and use them quickly. The higher shelves are also a good place for snack cups and yogurt.
The door: Another hot spot—40 degrees in a fridge set at 37—the door can be filled up with butter, juice, soft drinks, jams, and condiments.
Low shelves: Because cold air falls, the bottom of a fridge can be 5 degrees cooler than the top. Some fridges have a low drawer made for meat and deli products. If you have none, store meat and fish on the lowest shelves—alongside milk and eggs.
Crisper drawers: Sort fruit from veggies prone to wilting and put the latter in a high-humidity drawer if you have one. Leafy greens, carrots, and broccoli belong there. In the other drawer: grapes, peaches, melon, avocado, mushrooms, and summer squash.
Source: Consumer Reports
And for those who have everything…
A century and a half of Tabasco sauce is reason for celebration. McIlhenny Co., the family-owned Louisiana firm that’s been making the ubiquitous pepper sauce since 1868, is marking the occasion with a small-batch special edition. Tabasco Diamond Reserve Sauce is packaged in a champagne-style bottle and box and formulated to be an exceptional expression of the original. It’s made from peppers that were chosen for their superior color and texture, mashed and aged for up to 15 years—five times longer than usual—then blended with sparkling white wine vinegar. “Needless to say, Tabasco fans are going to love it.”