How To Organize Your Fridge to prevent food waste

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How To Organize Your Fridge to prevent food waste

If you follow some or maybe even all of these tips, I guarantee you that you will have. The fridge of your dreams. I’ve tested out these 10 tips in my fridge for a while now. So I can guarantee you that they actually work.

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Tip #1

Get a lazy Susan

Get a lazy Susan
I love these because you can simply rotate them to see what you have in your fridge.

You don’t have to move everything out of the way if you want something all the way from the very back.

Tip #2

Mason Jars

I absolutely love Mason jars.

I have them in small, medium, and large and use them for decanting things like margarine, relish, jams, and things like that because I don’t like to have a big mishmash of different types of jars and containers in my fridge.

So Mason jars are great for that.

I’ve replaced all of the metal lids with these plastic ones because I find the metal ones tend to rust.

However, my metal lids were probably rusting because I was putting them in the dishwasher.

If you hand wash and hand dry them, then they probably won’t rust.

I use sticker labels to label them.

And this is an extra step, but not really necessary because the jars are clear so you can see what’s inside.

But sometimes it’s hard to tell what something is.

So I like to label the top of the jars.

If it’s necessary for you to note the expiring date you can do so on the bottom with another label or masking tape.

I love to use Mason jars for decanting, but also for meal prep.

I love it for meal prep because it keeps everything nice and fresh.

And what I’ll do is at the beginning of the week, I’ll chop up a bunch of fruits, vegetables, put them in different jars.

Things like onions are great for that because who wants to chop an onion every single day.

Then when I’m cooking, I just grab the jar that I need.

Or when I’m making lunches, if I need some fruits or veggies for my kid’s lunch, I can just grab that.

Even after school, if they want to snack, everything’s already prepped and ready to go.

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Check out these  Mason Jars that come with metal and plastic lids below

Tip #3

Squeeze bottles

I recommend that you decant all of your condiments, things like ketchup, mustard, Sriracha Mayo, whatever it is that you have in your fridge into these squeeze bottles.

And it makes such a difference because not only does it look better, but it also saves room!

Cause the other bottles are all different shapes and sizes and sometimes they’re half empty and then they’re in there forever and taking up a ton of space.

Put them in a squeeze bottle and you’ll notice a huge difference.

I’ve labeled my squeeze bottles with custom vinyl labels.

And then on the bottom, I’ve put a piece of masking tape with the expiry date.

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I found this 7-pack of squeeze bottles cheap here

Tip #4

Rubber Maid FreshWorks containers

Rubbermaid FreshWorks containers

I really like these because I really found that they Prolong the life of things like berries, cilantro, parsley, lettuce, and things like that.

For me, basically what it is is just a container.

And then on the bottom, there’s this little piece of plastic that keeps everything elevated and it just has these holes on the sides of the lid, which has helped the air circulation.

Things last longer when using these.

You want to make sure that your product is completely dry.

You don’t want to prewash your items before putting them in these containers.

If they’re a bit damp, when you bring them home from the grocery store, I recommend that you pat them dry with the paper towel first.

Make sure you quickly look through them.

And if there’s anything that’s moldy remove it.

I also recommend wrapping things like cilantro or parsley in a paper towel before you put it in this container because that helps keep it extra dry.

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Check out some of my favorite containers that I got from Amazon below.

Tip #5

Egg Storage

Now I recommend you get rid of the egg cartons because let’s face it, number one, they’re ugly.

And number two, you don’t even know how many eggs you have in there until you open it.

So I recommend two options.
The first option is to get these clear containers that are actually meant for eggs.

Now I have two of them because we like to have boiled eggs at home.

So what I do is I fill one of them up with fresh eggs and then the other one has a few boiled eggs that we can eat throughout the week.

The second option is to simply put your eggs in a glass bowl or a glass of bays.

And the good thing about this is that you don’t have a carton to open.

You can simply just grab them with one hand.

And you’re good to go and you can also easily see how many eggs are in there.

Check out some of my favorite containers that I got from Amazon below.

Tip #6

Defrost container

I recommend putting it in a defrost container.

Any plastic container will do.

This serves as a reminder that you need to defrost something for dinner.

And it’s just one container that always holds all those liquids so that nothing spills in your fridge whenever you’re defrosting things in the fridge overnight.

Now, I don’t always keep this container in the fridge because it does take up space, but I will use it whenever I’m defrosting something.

This is the container I use

Tip #7

Using Containers

I recommend getting rid of things.

Yes!

I recommend getting rid of things like produce bags and boxes, and simply putting your items in different containers.

And I liked this because it keeps like items together.

And on top of that, you can easily see what you have in your Fridge and you can easily just grab it and go.

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These containers are durable and low cost

Tip #8

Leftovers bin

I highly recommend this because right away you can see what do you need to eat first.

And on top of that, it really helps reduce the amount of food you’re wasting.

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These containers are durable and low cost

Tip #9

Can dispenser

A can dispenser will save you tons of room by neatly stacking your cans.

Tip #10

Have A meal plan

Put a meal plan on your fridge.

Now our meal plan used to be on the fridge, but I’ve since moved it to the inside of a cabinet because I found the fridge was starting to look cluttered, but do whatever works for you!

The point is to have a visible meal plan.

And the reason why is for one, everyone won’t constantly be asking you what’s for dinner.

They can just check the meal plan and two it’ll help you stay on track because it’ll let you figure out what you need to prep.

And on top of that, it will let you see what you can make throughout the week.

And there you have it guys.

Those are my top 10 fridge organization tips.

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