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TODAY   |  August 02, 2013

What is your refrigerator IQ?

If you are encountering spills or smells when you open the icebox, you may need an organizational overhaul. Brierley Wright, nutrition editor at EatingWell Media Group, show Carson and Al some easy tips for keeping your food fresh.

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>>> all right. you don't know where the germiest spot in your fridge is. you want to hear it because it's lurking in there right now and it could cause some health issues for your family.

>> here to put us to the test with cold hard test, from the eating well media group .

>> good morning. are you ready to test your fridge out?

>> how will this work.

>> you each get a refrigerator and you have your props here on table. we're going start first with your stickers. one of these stickers has the correct temperature you should keep your fridge. we have 40, 45 and 50 degrees. place you guess on the fridge. on the fridge. all right the correct answer is 40 degrees. good job al. all right. that's because your risk of food borne illness decreases significantly when you keep your food chilled between 32 and 40 degrees. the best way to know is to keep a fridge thermometer in your refrigerator so you know it's the right temperature.

>> what if it's 50. more harmful.

>> it goes bad. that's okay. keep i want at 70. you don't have to cook anything.

>> up have a germ sticker on your table. take the germ sticker put it on where you think the germiest part of your fridge is.

>> on the outside.

>> it could be on the outside or the inside.

>> on the handle.

>> it's not the handle. the produce drawer, right? think about it. you put raw unwashed fruits and vegetables in there. that drawer tops the list for food borne illness causing bacteria. it's germy, dark and moist in there. here's what you need to do. wash your drawers with warm water and soap once a week. the refrigerator drawer, drawers.

>> wash your frigid out. brilliant.

>> not the whole fridge.

>> dry it completely and put it back in. okay.

>> next?

>> take the milk. put the milk where you think it goes in the fridge.

>> okay. milk is going to go right front and center. right in the middle.

>> front and center. al where did you put your?

>> towards the back.

>> yes. you are on it.

>> why?

>> top shelf in the back. that's the coldest part of the fridge. that's where you want to keep be milk, dairy and eggs. lot of people think to put it in the shelf here. it's a natural fit. that's the warmest place.

>> the door is always opening up.

>> exactly. your condiments other nonperishables can go there.

>> of these three items, flour, rice, almonds, which ones goes in there.

>> only three, carson.

>> have no idea. i wouldn't put any of that in the fridge

>> you're right. this is your question.

>> good.

>> i have to believe in myself more.

>> you have a confidence issue.

>> thank you so much. we appreciate it. coming up next, they are number one on the country music charts. we