Before even joining/knowing about this challenge I've been trying to organize my house. I cleaned out my fridge a little bit, but can see where I need to do a more thorough job.
I organized one of my cabinets the other day to see what I had and put like things with like things. I need to do the rest of the cabinets like that, but they will have to wait since I have so many places to organize the next few weeks, LOL.
I'm in the process of trying to get the fridge and freezer organized. There are only 4 of us, but the fridge always seems full of stuff we aren't going to eat. I told my husband that we were going to clean the fridge out this week, and reorganize the pantry, so we can see exactly what food we do have. That should make the meal planning easier.
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In order to keep my fridge organised and clean I use oval stackable glad containers. My fridge is on the top and I stack them at eye level so i look right at then when i open the door. They can stack three high. I combine small amounts of left over vegetables to throw in to soups or stews. Because of my back injury it was hard to use my fridge and it upset me to see things go to waste. This arrangemet lets me stand up straight when checking inside and it is so much better for me. It also allows me to see anything spilled where the other one I had to bend down and put my head in there. Progress is great!. Pat in maine.
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Great suggestion, Christine! May I add a pantry check as well? Especially your spice rack - I have three bottles of parsley in mine, because it came up in a recipe and I thought I was out! LOL!
Here's what I do - every Saturday morning I come here on Spark and plan the next week's dinners right into my nutrition tracker. I cook SOMETHING six nights out of almost every week. I'm including reheating or recombining leftovers as a night of cooking. Then I go through the plan day by day and check each recipe that I've chosen and check both the fridge and the pantry for the needed components. The items I don't have I add to my grocery list immediately.
Hey, and I'm getting better at planning the leftover components in toward the end of the week! That has been a challenge for me, as in what do you do with half a can of cream of mushroom soup? It used to sit in the fridge until it was gross, then get thrown out. Now when I use half on Monday, I look for a recipe for Thursday or Friday that will use the other half. Problem solved!
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So I'm in the habit of meal planning (hasn't always been healthy though) and shopping on a certain each week but my fridge gets away from me a lot. With a large family, we don't have a lot of leftovers but we have little bits of this and that to deal with. As part of the week 1 challenge, I cleaned my fridge today (also spilled juice from some black olives down the back so I it was a necessity)...and then I looked at my leftovers and planned them into my lunches and a bit for hubs too. It also saved me from buying eggs and other stuff that were on my list for recipes but I already had enough in the fridge.
Just want to encourage everyone to make a fridge check part of your meal planning routine so you don't end up throwing away good, healthy stuff!
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