Keeping the food you buy as fresh as possible for as long as possible requires some strategizing about where and how to store it, especially because you might be looking to limit your trips to the grocery store these days. 

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Simple organization techniques can help you avoid food waste and maintain the safety of your refrigerated grocery items. Here are Consumer Reports’ refrigerator testing, nutrition, and food safety experts’ best tips.

Hover your cursor over the black dots on the illustration below (or tap, for mobile) to reveal our tips. 

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Bonus Tip: Avoid Overloading

If you’re limiting grocery trips because of the coronavirus pandemic, you might be stocking up more than usual at the store. Still, it’s best not to overload your refrigerator, since overfilling can also hamper air circulation. 

Editor’s Note: A version of this article also appeared in the November 2020 issue of Consumer Reports On Health