The meals of the week and the lunches pile up in the refrigerator, while the culinary creations resulting from a passion born in confinement multiply there through the thousand and one small jars and bottles, fruits and vegetables, snacks, etc. . In short, it’s time to launch the “order in the fridge” operation, in five steps!
1. Empty, regroup, purify
In order for order to return to the refrigerator, a vacuum is essential, but not just any old way! Mylène Houle-Morency, professional organizer, founder of Flo-Organization, created the RECUL acrostic to guide her clients in the organization of their environment.
The “R” stands for gather all products in categories (fruits, vegetables, sauces of all kinds, spreads, dairy products, snacks, leftovers, etc.) on the table and counter previously released.
Since a period of 30 minutes to an hour will be necessary to clean and store the refrigerator, Gaétan Migneault, president and founder of Groupe Adèle, believes that it would be “extremely wise to provide a cooler”, to deposit the cream and the fresh fish, for example.
The “E” of the acrostic encourages to seize the opportunity topurify, by setting aside expired and damaged food, to then recycle the containers and deposit their contents in the compost. As for unused products that are fit for consumption, they could be offered to an organization.
2. Make way for cleaning!
In front of an empty refrigerator, it is easy to remove the removable parts (shelves, shelves, drawers, etc.) to clean everything, starting from the inside. Mr. Migneault suggests using a solution of hot water and dish soap, as well as a cotton cloth, “because nylon microfiber is more abrasive and could scratch plastic,” he says. Don’t forget to wash the underside and top of the gaskets with a small toothbrush. Rinsing and drying well is essential to prevent bad odors from developing.
During the 20 minutes necessary for the refrigerator to return to its temperature (between 0 ° C and 4 ° C), we are busy washing the removable parts. And since an empty refrigerator is light, it is advisable to move it to clean in the back, underlines Mr. Migneault.
Here is now the “C” of RECUL, which means to choose where “each product will live”, explains the specialist in family organization. According to MAPAQ, “the refrigerator door is not the ideal place to store perishable food. Dairy products, eggs and all meats will keep better at the bottom of the refrigerator or in drawers specially designed to keep the temperature lower and more constant ”. It also mentions “storing ready-to-eat foods on top of raw foods”. Fruits and vegetables are shared in the lower baskets, each on their own, then condiments that keep for a long time slip into the door. Mr. Migneault suggests inspecting the jars, washing them well with a wet cloth before placing them on the clean shelves.
4. Organize well
Use the right accessories to store and maintain order in the refrigerator, represents the “U” of the acrostic. A turntable reserved for lunch spreads, a wire basket for snacks, identified and stackable transparent containers for meals prepared in advance, then a delimited area for dairy products, for example. Mme Houle-Morency suggests evaluating their needs before purchasing the containers, rather than the other way around.
She also puts forward the idea of a leftover tray, so as not to lose anything by making one “touski” meal per week. Solitary shallot, handful of grated cheese, ham cubes, sour cream base could then end up in the tray, promoting the grouping of ideas to determine more quickly how to cook them. By garnishing a fried rice or an omelet for example.
5. Maintain order
Now that the fridge is shining and order reigns there, the letter “L” reminds you to do The interview refrigerator frequently, so that “all this work continues and does not have to be started over and over again”, emphasizes Mr.me Houle-Morency.
Here are some tips: look at the refrigerator with new eyes, to use up all the products left out for too long. Take an inventory of what is there to plan meals for the week before going to the grocery store. Avoid overcrowding areas reserved for types of food gathered there. Rotate products with those with the earlier expiration date prominently visible. Don’t leave leftovers lying around, eat them. Plan for a complete cleaning once a month.
The incompatible of the fridge
Some foods should never end up in the refrigerator. Here are a few: garlic, avocado, onion, potatoes, whole melons, bread, honey, tomatoes, coffee, bananas, eggplant, zucchini, basil, chocolate. All of these products prefer room temperature.
Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my [email protected] 1-800-268-7116