During the holiday season it is more important than ever to keep your refrigerator clean. This is not only for your sanity, but for your health, too. I find that the best way to manage a fridge full of food during the holidays is to work through a quick checklist each morning. By spending a brief 5 minutes reviewing everything you won’t have to worry about food going stale, bad smells developing or food rotting. Here are my tips for keeping your refrigerator clean during the holidays:
1) Situate all of your food with earliest expiration dates up front. With three quarts of milk in the fridge you want to use up the one that is going to expire the soonest to avoid rotten milk or other awful developments. This also goes for dairy products such as eggs, yogurts and cheeses. Every morning give your expiration dates a quick look and toss anything that is old before it becomes odorous.
2) Some say the Baking Soda idea is a myth, but I believe it. Prior to stocking your holiday fridge place fresh boxes of baking soda in the back of your fridge and freezer. These will absorbs bad smells and, at less than a dollar a box, it is just about the least expensive house cleaning you can ever do.
3) Every morning browse through your fruit drawer or bowl. If anything is on the wane set it aside to bake with or slice over homemade pancakes.
4) Set a menu to use your vegetables and do your best to stick to it. Browse through your vegetable bin every morning. If anything appears to be take a turn for the worse toss it into a vegetable pie for breakfast before it goes bad!
5) Always start your holiday season with a fresh bunch of plastic containers and permanent markers. Leftovers make great impromptu meals the following day. After each dinner toss everything into containers and mark them clearly. It’s a great way to not waste food and enjoy everything twice.
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