4. Empty the Crap from the Fridge BEFORE Going Shopping
After a few hours buying food, waiting in line, then sitting in traffic on the way home, it’s very tempting to just pile everything in and shut the door so you don’t have to look at it anymore. I admit that I’ve done this a lot. However, it will be a lot easier to organise in the future if you just take a few extra minutes to do it whenever you add more groceries.
Think of it as a mini stock-take. If you get into the habit of running down all the items in your fridge before you go, it will save you time and sanity when you get home!
5. Use Transparent Containers
Why watch a horror movie when you can just go through all those unknown leftover containers sitting at the back of your fridge? If you’re like me, leftovers can sit in the fridge for weeks until I’ve forgotten what each container held in the first place.
Using clear containers will allow you to quickly see what’s in there so you don’t have to play guessing games with your food.
In keeping with the earlier tips, stack these containers together at the front of the fridge so that you’re more likely to eat those leftovers before they go bad.
I love the clear Chinese food type containers – I buy a bundle of 5 Black and Gold brand from IGA and they are terrific – you can even put them in the dishwasher and use again and again!
6. Do a quick fridge clean every week
Finally, the best way to make sure you don’t waste too much food is to go through the fridge at least once a week and re-organise everything.
The best time to do it is just BEFORE you head to the shop to buy more food.
That way when you get home you have a place to put it all!
7. Have a ‘Nearly Expired’ Basket
I have a bright pink rectangle container in the top of my fridge. When items are getting precariously close to their expiration date, they get popped into the basket. These items are to be used first and foremost when cooking, in fact, I plan my meals around the ‘Nearly Expired’ basket. This reduces food wastage significantly!
8. Keep a Box of Bicarbonate of Soda in the Back
Grab a box of Bicarbonate of Soda, pop it open and put it in the back of the fridge. This absorbs any odours and keeps your fridge smelling fresh and clean. Replace it every three months or so (make sure you bin the old one – don’t use it!)