Does a refrigerator temperature range vary based on the food storage zone?
Each zone of your refrigerator aims to provide constant and even cooling for organizing all types of food throughout the fridge and freezer compartments. You’ll find the coolest temperatures in the lowest parts of the refrigerator. The bottom shelves are ideal for preserving the taste and texture of items, such as Chinook salmon or organic chicken. Deli drawers are also designed to store perishable items at lower temperatures, like soft and savory cheeses for your next charcuterie board.
Humidity-controlled crisper drawers help preserve the bold flavors and vibrant colors of your favorite fruits and vegetables. For optimal storage, leafy greens and ethylene-sensitive fruit should be stored in a high humidity drawer where moisture is higher. This environment is ideal for lettuce, oranges and strawberries. Low humidity drawers, on the other hand, are designed for ethylene-producing fruits in a drier environment, like honeydew melons, papayas and kiwi.
Place prepared meals on the upper shelves where you’ll find the most stable temperatures. Knowing where to store herbs in the refrigerator can also go a long way in preserving the freshness of tender cilantro and woody rosemary for flavorful infusions to your next chimichurri or pork tenderloin.