Spring Cleaning Tips: Organizing your fridge for a fresh start
Spring cleaning should mean a fresh start for every nook and cranny in your home, including your refrigerator and freezer. A disorganized fridge can lead to wasted money, bland meals, and food-borne illnesses (yuck!). The latest in our Spring Cleaning Tips series will not only cover getting rid of that mysterious Tupperware (yeah, we know about that), but also get your fridge sparkling clean for Spring.
- Make an inventory of everything in your fridge and freezer – How often do you find yourself going to the grocery store, only to return home to find out you already had the item! Take an inventory of everything in your stockpile, and you’ll save money and discover ingredients for enticing recipes. Those frozen peas are sure to sweeten tonight’s spaghetti!
- Take everything out for a deep clean –This can happen before or after making your inventory, but we recommend taking everything out of the fridge and freezer so you can give it a thorough scrub down. Place the contents in ice filled coolers so nothing unthaws or gets warm. Then set to work scrubbing the shelves and drawers, removing tough stains with a DIY baking soda scrub and giving everything a wipe down with mild detergent or antibacterial cleaner. Life123 has great tips for making your fridge and freezer sparkle.
- Organize by expiration date – Once you have inventoried everything, organize by expiration date, positioning older items at the front. You may also want to write the expiration date on masking tape and attach to the top of freezer items for quick reference. Throw out everything that’s past its expiration or expiration unknown (yuck). Here are some helpful expiration date tips.
*Eggs should only be kept in your fridge for 3-5 weeks
*Beef and pork can last up to 3- 12 months in the freezer, depending on type
*Chicken can last from 9- 12 months in the freezer, depending on cut
For more food storage guidelines, visit USDA.gov.
Voilà now you have a fridge and freezer worthy of gracing the cover of Martha Stewart Living. Have spring cleaning tips you’d like to share? Leave a comment below for a chance to be featured on our blog.