Last week many of you chimed in when asked how you keep up with the contents of your kitchen. Such great advice! I've already started practicing the first in, first out rule, and it's totally working. So, here are your suggestions plus a few favorites of mine to help you reduce your kitchen's waste. Thank you, Re-Nesters, for your input!
10 Tips to Keep Up with the Contents of Your Kitchen
- First In, First Out: Rotate the stock in your storage cabinets and refrigerator like a grocery store, placing the items that will expire the soonest closest to the front where they are visible.
- Don't stockpile food.
- Open, accessible shelving where you can see your inventory on a daily basis is a great way to keep in mind what you have.
- Plan a weekly casserole or 'Everything Must Go' night where you cook-up and serve the soon-to-expire contents of your fridge
- If you're looking to be super organized, you can create a spreadsheet or Evernote file that lists the contents of your cabinets and cold storage complete with their purchase date, quantity and expiration.
- Using a thick black marker, label your groceries with their expiration dates as you unload them into storage.
- Once a month review your stock and clean out expired items.
- Plan meals before shopping.
- Check your stock before grocery shopping.
- Keep in mind your weekly schedule when heading to the store. Do you have any business dinners or other events that will keep you away from home during dinnertime?
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