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Organizing the Fridge

The user-friendly fridge.

As more food enters the fridge than is retrieved from it, space gets tight and organization goes south. Time's right for a little reorg!

Ridding the Rank

The fridge is full of blind spots, shadowy places where half-eaten jars of marinara sauce go to ripen. Making the fridge more user-friendly starts with reclaiming it from its science project past. Toss out the funky, foul and forever unused.

Meaty Matters

Meats need their space. Keeping meats separate from other foods makes good sense. Paper or plastic wrappings often leak, creating a messy and potentially unhealthy situation. Place meats on a meats-only tray to catch liquid and prevent contamination.

See Kitchen Sanitation for more information.

Preserving Produce

Direct contact with plastic produce bags causes lettuce and parsley to go bad quickly. To preserve the life of leaf lettuce or parsley, try wrapping them in paper towels, then place them back into plastic bags and put them in the crisper. Apples release ethylene gas that can cause produce to spoil faster; store apples away from the vegetable drawer.

Jun. 10, 2009 5:12 pm
Another tip for preserving produce - wrapping things in aluminum foil (especially celery) seems to significantly extend their life.
Mar. 30, 2010 3:35 pm
sharing a fridge with my roommate really cuts down on the space in my fridge, but i never new my apples could spoil my vegetables. darn i will have to something out to keep my spinach at its freshest
Jun. 2, 2010 9:44 pm
I find wrapping cut blocks of cheese extends it's life and prevents mold growth.
Aug. 2, 2010 1:17 pm
i have found Debbie Meyers green bags for storing fruit and vegies are the best!!!! they actually live up to the advertising
Aug. 21, 2010 11:48 am
I also use the Debbie Meyers green bags. And they do work. Produce last three times as long. So buy at Farmers Markets and put in green bags. Apples are not put in frig. But didn't know they caused food to spoil. Thanks for that news. I also have a vaccum bagger for stuff I freeze. That works too to keep stuff good for up to 2 years. I took out some ham the other day from 18 months ago and just as tasty as when I put it in. Love this site. Get some good information.
Sep. 5, 2010 10:37 am
I have a small frig..not apt size. I use long storage bins to categorize things on shelves. Steak sauces, jellies, condiments, etc. This way I can pull it out like a drawer to see what's needed. Also keeps me from getting too much "stuff" if I can see what's there.
Oct. 17, 2010 12:46 pm
Hi, I became a member for this very reason. I needed a way to follow through on using the produce after putting it in the fridge. Clean drinking water is a precious resource, and in very limited supply in California, which is a dry summer area. That said, California uses a very large portion of the available clean drinking water to grow food plants which the rest of the U.S. is depending upon. Therefore, produce is PRECIOUS and everyone ought to have reliable information on how not to waste it. I'll be using the recipes with the shopping list to remind me of why I bought stuff in the first place, thereby ensuring we get something yummy to eat instead of having to clean moldy stuff out of the fridge. I got tired of tossing forgotton produce into the compost, so I quit putting those scrunchy obscuring plastic produce bags in the fridge in the first place. On market day, I pull out the produce bin from the fridge, wipe it down with rubbing alcohol, and put some fresh cloth or
Oct. 17, 2010 1:24 pm
Sorry for the long post, I like to talk. My first choice for freezer storage is glass canning jars. But if you have to have plastic and you don't want to pay for Debbie Myers' name on your bags, try this. Use freezer bags with the slider bar on top, not the press-seal Ziplocs. Blanch your produce, dry it, scatter loose on cookie sheet & freeze uncovered. Label quart-size slidelock with date, then fill with frozen produce, pat flat and suck out air with a straw. Quart bags are small enough to store tab side up in an aluminum lasagna pan in the freezer, with labels visible. You can reuse slidelocks by washing in hot soapy water and hanging upside down on longhandled tools in your canister on your range. If that doesn't appeal to you, use glass canning jars for freezer storage. Why bother? Check this link and click on marine litter:
Jan. 14, 2011 11:16 am
Eric's Mom's tip is the best so far for organization. I have found two or three opened bottles of the same condiment!! Really irks me when that happens! ;-)
Mar. 9, 2011 10:10 pm
Is this the only page? There's not much infomation at all here.
Apr. 5, 2011 9:04 pm
Something I recently started doing is cutting a big block of cheese into smaller blocks, grating it and storing it in bowls or bags in the freezer. That way you can control how much cheese you use during the week or month. Use more bags instead of bowls, it takes up less space. Wash lettuce in vinegar and water, helps it last a little longer. If you're most likely going to use the lettuce for a salad later on in the week, cut up after washing and place in a bag or bowl.
Nov. 23, 2011 7:56 am
Cheers for Eric's Mom! Best idea yet!!!
Jan. 19, 2013 1:22 pm
How long can you keep sliced mushrooms after you have opened the jar? I live alone and don't use a full jar. The shelf life on a sealed jar is better than two years, but...
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