Here are some simple ways to properly store food in your refrigerator: Raw meat, poultry and seafood should never be placed on the top shelf of the refrigerator since bacteria can drip down and contaminate items on the lower shelves. Don't place eggs on the side of the refrigerator door -- not even in the built-in plastic egg trays. Eggs on the door don't get cold enough to remain stable. Many fruits emit ethylene, an odorless gas that quickens the ripening process. So keep these fruits (apples, bananas, peaches, pears and tomatoes, for example) separate from other produce to extend shelf life.