Christmas hosts are urged to keep their food fresher and for longer this Christmas.
Christmas hosts are urged to keep their food fresher and for longer this Christmas.

Stuff the turkey, not the fridge

BE smart with your fridge this Christmas and keep food fresher and safer for longer, consumer group Choice says.

Australians throw away more than $1.1 billion dollars' worth of fruit and vegetables each year but surveys show that food maintains its appearance and quality if stored in the section of the fridge best suited to that item, Choice spokeswoman Ingrid Just said.

"When we have more parties and get-togethers, it's easy to be tempted to squeeze as much food as you can into every nook and cranny of the fridge," Ms Just said. 

"By doing so, food can deteriorate more quickly and running costs push higher as the fridge motor works harder to keep cool.

Freezers work best when food is kept away from the cold air outlets in frost-free models, and air space is left around the inside walls for better air circulation.

Ms Just said space should also be left around the outside of the fridge to allow heat from the motor to escape.

This stops the fridge from running at maximum power levels.


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