Reflexes die hard. When we are in the habit of storing something in a certain place, we often do so without questioning ourselves, even if it means adopting bad practices through imitation or inadvertently. This is the case when you remove the provisions when, for example, returning from the store. Yes, contrary to popular belief, some foods are not stored in the refrigerator, or at least not where you think.
Many of us tend to store our eggs in the refrigerator door, on the top shelf. Everything seems to be calculated to fit them in this place: the size of the shelf is ideal for a box sold on the market, and some refrigerators even have small compartments to arrange them one after another.
This seems obvious, but is nonetheless a blunder: “Temperature fluctuations caused by opening the refrigerator door, if they occur frequently, can cause droplets to form on the surface of the eggs, which will alter the eggs’ natural defenses.” explains Maxime Chomet, General Secretary of the National Committee for the Promotion of Eggs (CNPO). Risk ? Condensation promotes microbial growth.
Maxim Shomet reminds that it is desirable to store eggs at room temperature in any case. However, if you absolutely want to put them in the refrigerator, pay attention to any temperature differences and place them in the back of the refrigerator instead.
Right under the eggs we often find milk. Here, too, there is a place for bricks or bottles in the refrigerator door. Is this also a mistake? Fortunately, milk is not as sensitive to temperature fluctuations. “Once it is opened, the milk should be stored at around 6°C, but it can be 4°C or 7°C, it doesn’t matter, there is no risk,” emphasizes Emmanuel Wassenix, Vice President Union Member and President of the Professional Drinking Milk Institute (IPLC).
And what about butter, which we also usually keep in the refrigerator door? “This is not a very sensitive product from a microbial point of view, for the simple and simple reason that the butter is made from pasteurized cream and has a very low water content,” explains the education manager of the network of schools …