How do you organize your leftovers so that (a) you know what is in your fridge; and (b) you don’t waste food that you didn’t realize was in there and now it has become a science project? In this post you will learn all about Organizing Leftovers!
I started my way of organizing our refrigerator in 2013, and it works well for us. It may not work for everyone, but I’m just sharing my organization tips.
When I am putting leftovers into containers (whether plastic or glass, your choice), I have a Sharpie marker (doesn’t matter what color, whatever trips your trigger) and small Post-It Notes (1-3/8″ x 1-7/8″).
I write on the Post-It Note what leftover (or freshly made food) is in the container, and the date.
If the leftover is being frozen, I do the same thing – write the name of the leftover and the date, but leave more room at the bottom of the Post-It Note; when the container is taken out of the freezer to thaw, I put the date when the leftover is taken out of the freezer.
Both my husband and I then know we should take the oldest item out of the refrigerator for lunch, or if we are having leftovers for supper.
Not only does the information on the container help when choosing what is for lunch, but when I am cleaning out the refrigerator, I know what is the oldest. If it has become a science project, the food can then go into the trash.
But…science projects are very rare in our refrigerator, because…
Organizing the leftovers this way has greatly helped in reducing wasted food!
The price of a Sharpie marker ($.81) and a pack of Post-It Notes ($.44) and the approximately 15 seconds it takes you to write the information on the Post-It Note, attach it to the leftover container, and put it into the refrigerator, is MUCH less than the cost of wasted food!
Many restaurant take-home containers are either the white styrofoam, or black styrofoam, or like Applebees which has the black containers with a clear top. I do the same thing with any restaurant leftovers; I put the leftovers into one of my containers (I like to be able to see what is in the container) and mark what is in the container and the date on the Post-It Note.
Try it – let me know how it works for you!