Sometimes you meant to eat something but tucked it back so far in the fridge you forgot you bought it in the first place. Here’s a refrigerator organisation trick that’ll help prevent those unexpected expirations.
Grocery stores organise their food on a first-in-first-out (FIFO) basis, so that the oldest food is in the front and items get younger as you go back. This keeps people (usually) grabbing the oldest items first and the store’s stock fresher for longer. Home tech blog Unplggd suggests employing the same system in your refrigerator to make sure you eat the older stuff first and avoid needing to throw out expired food. If you don’t know the expiration date (or want something more specific than “best used by”), better understanding the shelf live of your food and checking its average lifespan is a good place to start. Consider even putting aside a spot up in front of your refrigerator for leftovers, since those are likely to die out first.
Got any great fridge organisation tips? Let’s hear ’em in the comments!