“If you keep good food in your fridge, you will eat good food.” - Errick McAdams
For day 4 of our challenge we will be heading to the kitchen...more specifically the refrigerator. Today we are going to clean out our refrigerator and reorganize to help eliminate food waste in your home.
Start by going through the contents in your fridge. Check all expiration dates and throw out anything that is expired, or left overs that shouldn’t be eaten anymore.
Once you eliminate expired food, take some time to re-organize your fridge based on the tips below. This will help keep your food as fresh as possible and help to eliminate food waste.
- Move your eggs to the middle shelf. They stay freshest longest in their own container and where the temperature is the most consistent.
- Your fridge is coldest in back on the bottom shelf. Here is where we want to store things like milk, yogurt, sour cream and cottage cheese. Dairy products like it cold.
- Packaged, raw meat should also live on this bottom shelf as they like the cold as well. Plus, if juices happen to drip, they won’t contaminate the whole fridge.
- Vegetables should be stored in the drawer labeled for them as that is the moistest spot in the fridge and fresh vegetables stay fresher longer with a little humidity.
- Fruit on the other hand does not like humidity. Keep fruit in the drawer labeled “crisper”.
- Butter and soft cheeses don’t need to stay super cold, so the compartment on the door is perfect for them.
- The door is the warmest part of your fridge, so this is the perfect spot to store condiments as they are usually high in vinegar and salt which are natural preservatives. Store things like salad dressings, mayo, ketchup, pickles and salsa here.
Take some time today to go through your fridge and re-organize so food doesn’t stay in your house longer than it should. Here is step one to eliminate waste!