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Create A Fridge Triage Box To Avoid Wasting Food

The average family of four throws out an estimated $130 to $175 in uneaten or spoiled food every month. Want to save more money and be less wasteful? Perhaps you just need an “eat me first box” in your fridge.

As Yuka at the Clossette blog writes, a fridge triage box is a behaviour modification system (really, just a bright green shoebox with a sign on it) that puts in plain sight and gathers in one place the foods you should reach for first. There’s also other benefits:

It’s actually kind of fun trying to come up with a recipe that combines as many of the ingredients in there as possible too. … The box also helps curb the issue of buying an extra carton of milk when you already had one that was just hidden behind other stuff and it keeps my fridge looking tidy too.

For foods that would be good to go in your triage box, consider your habits (you know what you toss out the most) and this chart from the USDA (via Grist) of foods most-often wasted:

I’m trying to cut down on my food waste too. If you have other tips for conserving food and wasting less, lets hear them in the comments.

Could a Fridge Triage Box Help You Stop Wasting Food and Money? [Clossette]