To help with food waste, we designated the top shelf in the fridge as the Eat Now section. The idea is that all leftovers, scraps, highly perishable foods will go up there so that they don’t get lost in the back of the fridge and go to waste.
As I said at the beginning of the month, the idea came from My Year Without Spending. From what I remember, she has kids and was trying to encourage them to eat leftovers.
For us, I’m not sure this is helping. I think the key to not loosing things in the back of the fridge is keeping the fridge uncluttered. It’s hard to see the things that have to be eaten if they’re being obscured by things that should’ve been thrown out a week ago.
Also, we don’t normally have a ton of leftovers. Th holidays were an exception. So it’s very hard to determine what goes on the Eat Now shelf. Highly perishable? But everything in the fridge is perishable… that’s why it’s in the fridge.
I think our best bet for minimizing food waste is to just clean out the fridge every Wednesday like we’re supposed to (it’s on the Wednesday night cleaning list, but oftentimes gets skipped out of laziness).
The month is almost over… does anyone else have good ideas on how not to waste food?