Organizing refrigerator leftovers
This year we had enormous amounts of leftovers from the holidays that we did not eat. Usually this never happens but this past year our fridge has been a disaster. I am fed up with the state of affairs in our refrigerator and vow to keep it under control this year. Any ideas would be really helpful.
I am sorry to hear of your uneaten leftovers from the holidays. There is nothing better than a leftover stuffing sandwich on Sourdough! One way to ensure that leftovers are not forgotten is to designate a shelf where they always live. The best shelf will be the one closest to eye level. This way, as family members are reaching in for a snack, they will be confronted with tasty morsels just waiting for a second go-round. If you have to share this shelf with other food items, make sure to keep the leftover containers in the front of the shelf. If it takes to long to discover leftovers, they will often be forgotten.If you want to really organize your entire refrigerator, empty everything out and begin with a clean slate. Before you begin to place items back into the fridge, think through the automatic response locations. Sometimes these are not the ideal places for certain items to live.
For instance, should the eggs and butter be kept side by side? Should the marmalade be also in the same vicinity? Some fridge manufacturers have thought these questions through and others have not.
Maybe you drink smoothies every morning. If so, definitely keep a bin in the freezer for all smoothie related fruits. I even keep my vita-mix in the same bin. Pull this out, grab the rice milk form the fridge and the smoothie is ready to blend. This bin also keeps the sticky fruit residues off of the freeze and kitchen counters.
If you have one night open for cooking during the week, make it count by prep cooking staple items like chicken breasts, beans or hamburgers while you are cooking your dinner. On the nights that you are exhausted from a long day, these items will be practically finished and waiting for a final quick prep to eat.
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