Ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, salad dressing and other condiments are commonly stored on built-in fridge door shelves. They are just the right size for the small space, but the door is not the best place for storing highly perishable foods because of temperature variations. The side racks can be used to safely and effectively store bottled water, cheese and other foods and drinks that can withstand warmer temps. Move perishable spreads, dips, creamy dressings and ready-made sauces to interior shelves, and consider the following space-saving methods of storage. You will be able to find exactly what you want, and without having to push other items out of the way.
Use a Circular Rotating Tray
One of the best alternate ways to store condiments in the fridge is also the least expensive and the most effective. Consider using a circular rotating tray. If space allows, buy a tiered tray. Otherwise, use a clear single-tiered platform that rotates on ball bearings. Something transparent will seamlessly blend in with see-through shelves. Best of all, you will be able to find bottled sauces, dressings and other toppings at a glance.
Add Clear Plastic Bins
If a rotating tray will not sufficiently hold all of your refrigerated condiments, opt for clear plastic bins. Shop online or in kitchen accessory store for storage bins of the appropriate size. Transparent bins will keep bottles and other containers from tipping over, and they will be easy to find. Organize sandwich toppings in one bin and dressings in another. If necessary, label the bins to take the guesswork out of finding exactly what you need.
Use Vintage Pyrex Storage Containers
Condiment containers are not very attractive, especially when trying to set an impressive dining room table. When looking for the best ways to store condiments in the fridge, consider how they will look when served. Vintage Pyrex brand food storage containers with clear glass stackable lids are ideal.
They were first manufactured in the late 1940’s, and although they were originally designed with practical storage in mind, they are also very eye-catching. They have not lost their appeal. They are a bit pricey, especially those in mint condition. They can be found at flea markets, antique stores and online auction sites, and they are available in a number of vibrant colors.
Recycle your condiment bottles, and place the contents in vintage Pyrex storage containers that have been appropriately labeled. They are a green alternative to plastic wrap and other disposable options, and they can be used to help resolve issues with cold condiment storage.
Sources: Professional Home Decorating and Homemaking Experience