To have an organized refrigerator that is clean, organized and no containers filled with food going bad…
That is something I have wanted for a long time but veggies and leftovers – they are the two things that I seem to find have gone unnoticed, unused and spoiled way too often.
I have no idea why I struggle with keeping my refrigerator organized. I really dislike throwing away food but yet I’ll keep it in my refrigerator until it goes bad and then guess what? I have to throw it away.
I’m ashamed to admit it but I have to do that a lot.
I know and read about people who are diligent about cleaning their refrigerators once a week. That might be a little ambitious for me but hey, even if I did it twice a month, that’s better than once every six, right? 🙂
I have a friend and a sister who when they come to visit love going through my fridge because they say there’s always something good to eat or at least 6 meals they could put together. What?! Is this the same refrigerator that I look into everyday and yet I see nothing?
Alas, it is true.
I have food waiting to delight our stomach’s and I miss it.
So I decided I needed to figure out what my friend does that causes her to not to have to throw away
I messaged her and she was quite willing to share her tips. Here they are in all their simplicity.
Tips for Reducing Food Waste in Your Refrigerator
- Clean your refrigerator out every 7-10 days.
- As you are emptying your fridge, take note of what left-overs you have or other items that need to be used up.
- Write these items down.
- Then as you see what food you have, think what you could make with those items and if you have all the ingredients for a particular dish or condiment, write it down. For example in my fridge, I had all the ingredients to make fresh salsa.
- Make small lunches as you go along so that your hubby and kids can take them to work and lastly,
- The items you write will also become the basis for your menu for that week.
The list of items I found in my fridge that need to be used up.
I love that it helps me with menu planning for the week but what if I don’t have very much of one item? Take that and make lunches that can be sent with your husband to work or serve them to your kids if you homeschool, as I do.
My goal is to do this once a week. I am excited to see what happens. I’m going to test the theory of “success breeds success.” 😉 As I’m successful, I will be so pleased with the results, I won’t want to stop and it will become a habit and a part of my routine.
My Results Thus Far
So far it’s going good this week. I’ve used up the white gravy and creamed corn and today there will be several more items that won’t be going in the trash because of being overlooked until they spoiled, but instead they will be made into tasty meals and served up to the family.
What tips do you have for reducing food waste?