Tons of food are thrown away daily and with simple gestures you can avoid creating more waste than is strictly necessary. To contribute your grain of sand to sustainable and conscious consumption, organizing the refrigerator in an efficient way is a very good option that will prevent many foods from spoiling And it will also help you save. Take note and get your side Marie Kondo also in the kitchen!
Tips to start organizing
Before organizing your fridge do a general cleaning of the appliance, so unplug and start to leave it as a whistle. An ecological way of doing this is using vinegar and water. When taking out all the food you have in the fridge, look carefully at the expiration date and take the opportunity to remove what is expired or past, you can use some foods that cannot be consumed to compost.
Use suitable containers to preserve your food. For example you can use transparent boxes to see at all times its contents, airtight glass containers or waxed paper to wrap some ingredients and thus minimize the use of plastics.
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Once you put the food in your fridge do not stick them to the walls or stacks so that air can circulate freely. Also, do not introduce hot foods since the refrigerator will have to work harder to cool it and it can alter both that newly incorporated food in the refrigerator and its neighbors.
How to organize the fridge
We go with the organization by zones. In the fridges the highest areas are the least cold and the lowest are the ones that receive the coldest.
In the highest zone you can store food that you have already cooked, packaged food, sausages or preserves. In the middle part you can place dairy products like yogurts and cheese and those containers that you have already opened and that require conservation once opened in the refrigerator. A recommendation if these containers are made of cardboard or cans is to transfer them to glass or glass jars so that they are better preserved. Sort by expiration date placing food with a shorter expiration date or time in front of the shelf.
In the lower part, just above the vegetable drawers, place the meat and fresh fish that you haven't cooked yet. Remember to put them in a suitable container so that they do not release fluids or fill the shelf with liquids. Being the coldest part of the refrigerator you can also store sodas or drinks that you want to keep cool and handy.
At the door put those bottles or drinks already open, sauces, jams, eggs and butter. And finally in the vegetable drawers store your vegetables as fruits and vegetables without plastics and without cartons to avoid moisture and mold problems. Ideally, have small containers for food compartments and that food maturation times do not interfere with each other.
If you are going to freeze food, do it in small portions and labeling what it is because, although it may seem that you will know what you just saved almost certainly you will forget and probably end up in the bottom of the drawer and throw it away Know what it's all about. Label with the content and the frozen date, better if it is in small portions to take advantage of in your weekly kitchen.
Foods that should always be out of the fridge
Although it is very common to be tempted to put all fresh food in the fridge, really there are ingredients that in doing so lose flavor or texture and it is better to keep them out in a special basket or cart in the kitchen.
Avoid putting in the fridge tomatoes, potatoes, onions, garlic, bananas and zucchini so that they do not alter and you can consume them taking advantage of all their properties.
But the most important of all is to buy consciously. Plan your menus in advance before you go shopping or make it online so you don't buy too much and that you have to throw away a good part of your purchase with the consequent damage to the planet and your pocket.