It happens to us all occasionally — leftovers lurk in the fridge long enough to be both unidentifiable and scary to open. Lifehacker reader Nick offers a neat trick for getting rid of those odiferous problems without unnecessary nastiness.
Here's Nick's suggestion in his own words:
Over the long weekend I took advantage of the extra time to clean out the fridge. In doing so I found a few plastic containers filled with what I assume was once pasta . . . the thought of opening up the container and dealing with the inevitable stink and stickiness made me feel ill. So I stuck the box in the freezer. The next day I simply upended the frozen block into the bin and swiftly moved it outside. As the block was frozen, it not only came out altogether (no scraping goo off the bottom of the container), but it also meant no awful smells in the kitchen.
That's a clever and effective idea. If the frozen former foodstuff won't fall out of the container, a quick rinse under the hot tap should set it free without undue reeking.
As we're running Earth Month around here, this also seems an opportune moment to remind everyone to defrost their freezers, thereby avoiding energy wastage. Thanks Nick!