Nobody has ever accused me of being obsessive or compulsive-especially about cleaning-but I have found over the years that LOTS of $$$$$ can be saved simply by making sure all the food we buy gets eaten, not wasted.
We took a few days to get away from our normal routine and visit a friend in Colorado. Before we left town, I made sure there would be no “science experiments” awaiting our return and that no food would go to waste. The photos above show just how empty our cold storage was!
If you have been a Club Member for any time at all, you know how important it is at our house to “cook once and eat twice” (or more). If the second go-round won’t be eaten by the next day, that portion goes into the freezer for a quick meal on another busy day.
It has become my custom to designate Wednesday as “clean out the fridge” day…before any week end shopping trip I make sure nothing gets overlooked on the shelves or drawers of our refrigerator. I still hear my mother’s voice in my head, “Waste not; want not!” That is my motivation for making way for fresh goods.
SIDEBAR: Wednesday isn’t good for you? Choose any day you like. It’s YOUR kitchen, after all! The Kitchen Police will never know and Mother Connie will never tell. END SIDEBAR.
First, I survey the containers.
SIDEBAR: It is really important to mark each container with the contents and date. If not, you forget what’s what and can’t even recognize what’s there for the reheating! I keep a marker in the drawer with the plastic bags so I can quickly and easily jot down what’s going into the fridge or freezer, complete with the date. END SIDEBAR
I take everything out of the refrigerator, one shelf at a time, and wipe down each shelf and the walls with a disinfecting wipe OR rag that has been treated with dish detergent and bleach solution.
As the containers are replaced, I give them a quick swipe, too.
The shelves in the door get the same treatment.
This whole process takes about 15 minutes.
When everything is back in place, I wipe down the top and outside of the fridge to make it sparkle as much as the ancient beast can! *Our refrigerator was purchased shortly before home refrigeration was invented. Shh-hh…the poor thing has to go awhile longer; We don’t wanna jinx it!
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