Containers are my absolute best friend. Initially, I wanted to write about fridge cleaning because a few of you asked about process after I published a post on ‘Fridge Organisation‘, but when I began typing, I realised that my cleaning method was actually very basic … AND I have since realised why it is so simple!
EVERYTHING is kept in containers. Very rarely do I leave produce in it’s original supermarket packaging and a lot of it is actually purchased fresh and without packaging so it just makes sense to keep it in something solid when we bring it home.
- I pull everything out of the fridge and sort out all my produce. At this stage, I make a shopping list on things I may need to replace or add to.
2. Using an antibacterial spray-n-wipe, I clean all the shelving.
3. Then, I dispose of any produce that has gone off and wash the containers they’re stored in. Usually these just go in the dishwasher but for photo purposes I actually hand washed!
4. Any new produce I have purchased is washed, cut and placed into containers to be stored away. I read somewhere a while ago that if your fruit and veg is accessible and already prepared, you’re much more likely to use it, so I have stuck by that mentality and it has worked for us well.
If you read my other post on ‘Fridge Organisation‘, you’d know how much I rave about these OXO containers. The removable drainage baskets make it so easy to wash produce as you bring it home and the containers themselves have superpowers and keep everything fresh for so much longer than I ever believed! They work by trapping the ethylene gas that leads to spoilage using an activated carbon filter tucked into the lid. Vents in the lid and the suspended basket design also keep air flowing around produce and prevent moisture from building up. Have a google on how they work if you want to find out more! It’s quite fascinating.
5. Everything then gets put back into the fridge, and arranged based on how I intend to use it for the week. Each container is labeled with an expiration date using a chalk pen. Using containers is much more space efficient than traditional packaging; you can clean them in the dishwasher which means you don’t have to worry about bacteria crawling around your fridge. Everything becomes self contained and the spoilage of one won’t affect the other.
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