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‘Twas the week before Thanksgiving…
Of all the arbitrary “National Day of’” holidays, there’s one I get behind every year: National Clean Out Your Fridge Day. While the history of the day is unclear, the November 15th timing couldn’t be better because it’s the week before Thanksgiving! How else are you going to fit all the ingredients for your big dinner in your fridge?
There are many levels of cleaning out your fridge; take a look at the tasks involved and choose those that fit your level of time and commitment!
National Clean Out Your Fridge Day is also a great time to do a fridge review and inventory. With each item you put back in the fridge, ask yourself, “does this need to be in the fridge?” and “is this necessary?” Beverages are often the culprit of taking up too much room for unnecessarily refrigerated items. Water bottles and soda cans can be kept at room temperature and served over ice. During times of high fridge space needs (like Turkey Day), move those items out.
Milk can also take up a lot of space too but must be refrigerated. If you have multiple cartons or jugs, consider consolidating them. If you have lactose-free, plant-based, and regular milk on the shelf, try switching to a2 Milk® for a milk everyone can enjoy.
Necessary items that you don’t use often can be placed toward the back of the fridge, but beware – small or short containers can get lost behind bigger items. When possible, put the smallest containers in the doors so they don’t get lost and cause a jam in the back of the fridge. Look for a kitchen staples checklist to make sure your newly cleaned fridge is stocked for healthy eating!