The nation has a problem with food waste and we are here to help. Not only does throwing out food waste your hard-earned money, but it’s also bad for the planet. Follow these top tips to optimize your fridge storage and stop wasting food.
Label Your Leftovers
This might seem a bit Monica-from-Friends but trust us, it’s a life saver! Label your leftovers with what they are and the date they were cooked and you’re far less likely to end up with a mystery Tupperware you’re a little afraid to open.
If you tend to lose things in the depths of your produce drawers, make lists as you unpack your groceries and stick them on the front of the fridge. Cross things off as you use them up and you’ll be amazed at how much it helps with meal-planning, avoiding food waste, and keeping track of what goodies you’ve got waiting for you!
Believe it or not, there is a correct way to organize your fridge and you should stick to it! Group different category foods together, eg. meat with meat, dairy with dairy, and condiments with condiments.
- Fresh produce like fruits and veggies should go low down in the crisper drawers where the fridge is coldest.
- Meat and fish should go on the bottom shelves, well separated and with paper towels underneath the packages to catch any drips.
- Dairy should be kept on the middle shelves, with stinky cheeses stored in airtight containers to avoid the whole fridge smelling!
- Leftovers and anything that needs eating right away should go on the higher shelves, labelled and highly visible.
- Condiments can go in the door (the warmest part of the fridge).