A refrigerator should not be regarded as a place in which food can be stored over a long period. It does, however, enable perishable foods to be kept in a better condition. It should not be near the stove. The door should not be opened unnecessarily.
Hot foods should not be placed in a refrigerator as this raises the temperature of the compartment and causes excessive frosting.
Use covered containers whenever possible, to prevent drying. Zip-lock bags are the most convenient and most economical of space. Alternatively, use a basin covered with a plate or wrap the food in plastic material. Vacuum seal food to be frozen to prevent freezer burn.
Strong smelling foods should be placed towards the top of the refrigerator, in this position they are less likely to contaminate the other contents.
The refrigerators must be defrosted regularly, following manufacturer's instructions. After the defrosting, wash and dry before cooking again.