Easy Ways to Organise Your Fridge and Pantry
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Do you find yourself throwing away food, week after week? This can be frustrating, as throwing away food is not only wasteful but a waste of money. You’re probably eating the majority of the food in your home, but there are always items that get pushed to the back of the fridge or cupboard. By the time you find them they’re spoilt or expired. So what do you do?
It’s Time to Organise Your Fridge and Store Cupboard
By taking a little bit of time, energy and creativity, you can reduce the amount of food that you’re throwing away. It all starts with organisation, then maintaining that organisation. If you’re not the most methodical individual, no problem! You can still create an organised fridge and store cupboard as labels can do wonders.
Dedicate your top shelf to beverages
If you decide that the top shelf of your fridge will be only for beverages, you’re less likely to hide fresh fruit behind your cans of drink. If you’re a large family, make sure you’re rotating the drinks so those that will expire first are at the front of the fridge. When you buy items it can help to write the expiry date clearly on the containers. That way, you know what needs to be used up before it spoils.
Dedicate drawers to rotating produce
Your bottom fridge drawers should be labelled week one and week two. New produce gets put into week one, whereas older produce goes into week two. It’s important to rotate your produce, so that you’re using the older ingredients before reaching for newer items.
At the end of the week, move whatever fruit and vegetables you didn’t eat to the drawer labelled week two. That way if you go shopping you won’t be putting new produce on top of the older items. Just remember to always use up the ingredients in your week two drawer first, reducing waste.
A Clean Store Cupboard = Less Waste
Items in your kitchen cupboard tend to be a little more forgiving in terms of expiry dates. However, it’s more than likely you have some ingredients that do perish quickly. For example, onions, garlic and potatoes tend be kept in a cupboard or larder, not the fridge.
The best way to ensure less waste is by simply keeping your cupboard clean. Things that expire fairly quickly (in comparison with canned goods) should be placed on a shelf of their own. To maintain freshness, place items such as onions and potatoes in a bag inside your store cupboard; this will reduce their exposure to sunlight and oxygen. Before you buy any new items, make sure you’re using the older onions, potatoes and garlic first.
Organise all your condiments, vinegars and oils onto one shelf. When everything is grouped and organised it’s easier to see what you have, as well as what needs to be used up. You need to find a system that works for you and your cooking/baking needs, but being clean and methodical is the key.
Make labels for your shelves so that you constantly remind yourself of your new system. Perhaps you like to have one shelf for all your baking ingredients: flour, baking powder, salt, nuts, dried fruit, etc. The most forgiving items are most certainly canned items, so they don’t need to be as conspicuous; it doesn’t matter so much if you forget them. The key is to keep fresher ingredients at eye-level so you’re reminded to use them.
No one wants to throw away food. If you take the time to organise your fridge and store cupboard, you’ll find you throw away a lot less food and your system will soon become a habit. Who knows, you may even become inspired to organise your wardrobe!
MYC Writer: Patricia CarantoSubscribe to UpdatesRelated Articles