Ever buy a bag of avocados and only use one before the rest go bad? It's not just you. On average, food waste can cost the average family up to $2,000 a year! Luckily, there is one great way to reduce food waste...and that's by organizing your fridge.
Your fridge has different compartments, each with different temperature zones. Doors tend to be the warmest, so store things that can withstand temperature fluctuations here, like condiments and juices.
When it comes to shelves, always store foods that require cooking at high temperatures (like fish or chicken) on the coldest shelf, which on most models, is typically at the bottom towards the back. Foods that require little to no cooking, like yogurt, hummus, and leftovers, should go on the warmer shelves.
Now, onto the crisper drawers, which are specially designed to preserve your fruits and veggies! Since your cucumbers will require a different level of moisture than your lettuce, some fridges will have a humidity switch to help you regulate things. Switch to "low" (window open) for things that rot, and put it on "high" for anything that wilts.
And last, remember that what you see, is what you'll eat! Put taller items towards the back and use clear storage containers for your leftovers so you don't forget what you have in there.
Your fridge is designed to maximize the life of your food, so start using it that way! With just a little organization, you can reduce your food waste... and save lots of money too.