Fresh in the Fridge
Reducing food waste—it starts in the fridge!
National statistics show that, on average, we waste 400 pounds of food per person each year. That’s a lot of money being spent on food that is heading to your compost bin! To reduce the amount of wasted food in your home, start with an assessment of your fridge.
1. Open your refrigerator and do a visual scan. Start with the shelves. How easily can you see the various items you currently have on hand? Next move to the drawers, then to the freezer. Note areas of overflow, hidden and/or long forgotten food.
2. Do a section by section clean out. Get rid of anything that is moldy, long past the expiration date, is discolored or has a bad smell.
3. With the remaining food, make a plan for how it will get used—whether it gets cooked in a recipe or eaten as a snack before any other snack item!
4. Consider adding an “Eat first” box on one of the shelves. This can be as simple as a plastic container with a post it note taped on it to indicate priority foods. Keep it stocked with the most perishable, top priority food items.
5. Make checking the fridge a regularly scheduled weekly task, and it won’t be long before your fridge is always stocked with fresh, ready to eat, non-wasted items.
Check out our tips on how to get the most out of your fridge and your food by visiting, springfieldmo.gov/foodstorage.