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Organise your Fridge and Save!

10 Apr 2015

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If you’re tired of throwing out old, mouldy food, perhaps it’s time to give your fridge the old ‘spring clean’. Over time, perishables get lost behind condiments, jars hide away until they’re found the day after their expiry, and shelves become sticky with mystery juice. If this sounds like your fridge’s ecosystem, get ready to roll up your sleeves, reorganise the shelves and save yourself some serious space with this quick organisational fridge guide. 

Give your fridge a thorough clean

Once you’ve thrown out all the expired food and condiments, and wiped the shelves clean, it’s time to put all the leftovers back in. Getting rid of all those expired foods will already have saved you some space, but there’s an even greater way to get more space – knowing where to put everything! 

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A great way to eliminate fridge odours is by cleaning the shelves with a damp scrubber sponge sprinkled with some baking soda. It’ll clean away the dirt and leave the fridge smelling fresh. 

Use the fridge drawers

These are ideal to use for fresh produce, such as fruits and vegetables. A great way to make your veggies last longer is to take them out of plastic bags and store them in the drawer lined with paper towels. The paper towels will soak up water and eliminate excess moisture, which will help keep your veggies fresh and crisp.

Maximise shelf space

When putting food away, keep the upper shelves for things like leftovers, drinks and foods that are ready to eat, such as cheese, yoghurt and cold deli meats. This way you’ll always know what’s been eaten and won’t waste money buying more – only to find it later on the bottom shelf! Store leftovers in individual servings and in square containers, not round ones. Square containers are easily stackable and neater – saving you space. Storing in individual portions also means it’s more likely to be eaten.  

All raw ingredients, such as eggs and milk, should be placed on the lower shelves, ready for cooking. This helps minimise the risk of cross-contamination.

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Another great tip for maximising shelf space is to pop unopened soft-drink cans in the pantry instead of the fridge. Simply cool them down with ice when you want to drink them.  

De-cluttering the door

Did you know the door is the warmest area of the fridge? This is why storing raw ingredients such as eggs and milk here is not a good idea. Save space and food by popping condiments in the door instead. Things like sauces, mustards, seasonings and parmesan cheeses are all ideal for using up your door space. 

Don’t forget the freezer

Much of what you throw out could have easily been saved by popping it in the freezer. If you have a lot of leftovers and you’ve divided them into individual portions, put a few in the freezer. Take a portion out and put it in the fridge overnight to thaw, ready for eating. 

Top Tip

Ice cube trays are fantastic for freezing individual portions of seasoning mixes, such as herb seasonings. This is an easy and hassle-free idea that will save you time in the kitchen!

Get organised with labels and baskets

It’s amazing what some labels and baskets can do! Whether you’re a visual person or not, having clearly labelled items and neatly stored products can help you avoid confusion, make the most of your space and have a rather attractive fridge! 

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Take things one step further by labelling items with their name and expiry date, so you can keep a closer eye on what needs to be used first. You can even allocate a special-coloured basket to house all that almost-expired food. Just don’t forget to label the basket!

Know what you’re buying

It’s very easy to head out to the shops on a whim to pick up some extra groceries. It’s also very easy to accidentally double up on items this way. Invest in a magnetic meal planner that you can stick to the fridge. This can help you avoid overspending and buying unnecessary groceries.

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