The biggest thing I have to take out is old leftovers, like an old jar of nopalitos and some curry paste and some seriously dried out vegetables, and some old homemade pickles. Occasionally old fruit in the bottom, and don't forget to eat my cactus fruit... ha ha.
Other fridge denizens of the edible variety are more and more and more broccoli, lots and lots of chicken, garlic, some Xing Tea, eggs, cactus fruit, guavas, mushrooms, hot peppers of varying kinds, baby carrots, ends of a salad bag, yogurt, a couple kinds of cheese.
WILL get rid of that vanilla yogurt and go back to cascade fresh natural, the store brand has high fructose corn syrup in it!
The biggest problem I have in my fridge is all the pickles, jams, jellies, and condiments that might be used more rarely and get pushed to the back.
One thing I have done recently is stopped trying to shop for an entire week at a time. I find that I don't have room in my fridge, and things tend to go bad because they get lost in the fridge jungle. Ugh.
Here's what my fridge looks like right this minute. Please try to ignore the boxed cheesecake.
various amounts of chocolate which I always like chilled better.
I live 5 minutes from several supermarkets so usually the items in my fridge are pretty consistent (condiments and meal support items) My main meal items generally is in and out the same day unless I am marinating something or thawing a frozen turkey which I did last week.
This is the day of the week when my fridge is the most chaotic! (photo below). Three days of making lunches for the kids, after school snacks and dinners means Wednesday is a market/toss out stuff/organize the fridge day.
I'll toss out the leftovers (in the tupperwear), fruit and veggies going bad and any expired dairy products.
My biggest fridge challenge is that we have a very small, no frills fridge. I'd love to update but it's not on the list of "big purchases" this year
Thanks for this topic! You helped me remember that it's time to shop and organize!
Well, I think I'm glad I'm answering this question after the parties that happened last week. It looks back to normal and healthier again.
Jugs of water, iced tea (for when my sons visit), beer (for when my older son visits), apples, lettuce, tomatoes, onion, various salad dressings, diet coke, a bit of cheese, scones, various condiments, pickles, organic juice for when my grandkids visit. One thing I need to throw out is some old sugar free chocolate pudding (it really wasn't good and I just need to get rid of it because I know I'm not going to eat it). No milk nor eggs due to allergies.
Freezer: chicken, popsickles (for grandkids), rye bread, more scones. I tend to clean out the freezer more regularly and only buy what I need in the short term.
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