- Take time to read expiration dates and throw out the old to make room for the new food.
- Shop your fridge first– then go shopping at the grocery store. See what you have and write down the extra things you’ll need to create a complete meal. That way, you’re eating up what you have and not overbuying on food.
- Do not put opened cans of food or uncovered plates/bowls of food in the refrigerator. To avoid the unpleasant refrigerator stink, always transfer leftovers to a sealed container.
- An opened box of baking soda in the fridge can help with smells and unwanted odors.
- Try to use clear, square containers. It’s easiest to see what you have and they save space by stacking easily. Labeling the leftovers with a date is always great if you can get into the habit of it. Masking tape and a black marker will do, unless you’d like to buy a label maker.
- Have a designated shelf for leftovers and clear it off every week if you haven’t eaten them up. A good night to do this would be the night before the weekly garbage pick-up.
- Put like items together: create a drink section, a meat/cheese drawer or container and a fruit/ veggie drawer, condiments on one shelf and sauces/dressings/ jellies on another.
- If you’re going to keep extra ketchup or soy sauce packets, put them in a small container in the fridge so they don’t land all over or break open.
- I still think bleach and hot water does the best job in cleaning a smelly, grimy fridge. Just keep scrubbing, the shelves will come clean. Don’t forget the door handles, they’re full of germs.
- Washing, cutting, and placing veggies in bags after grocery shopping keeps the drawers clean and gives you easy access to grabbing healthy foods in a snap.
- In freezers, throw out anything that’s covered in a thick layer of frost and anything that is more than 6 months old. If you haven’t eaten it by now, you’re not going to.
- Rotate food in the freezer by putting the new stuff in the back and bringing the old stuff forward.
Be honest- when was the last time you really cleaned out your fridge?
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