November is National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Month.
If you find yourself throwing away food because you overbuy or because you just don’t know what’s in your refrigerator, this is a great time to clear it out.
Start by taking everything out of the fridge and washing the inside to remove bacteria and odors.
Before you put anything back in, decide if you’re going to use it. The mustard dip that was a gift three years ago that no one likes? It’s okay to let it go. The salad dressing with two drops left in the bottom? It can go, too. Wipe off jars and bottles before putting them back.
Food in foam containers or wrapped in foil is often forgotten and goes bad. Use clear containers for leftovers, and you’ll see what’s in there, making you more likely to eat it.
Group like items so you can quickly grab what you want and avoid buying more of what you already have.
Go into the holiday season with a clean fridge and it will be one less chore to do later. You’ll have room to store food in advance of big dinners and there will be space for leftovers, too.
Do you have anything mysterious in your refrigerator or freezer? Leave a reply, below.