Spring Cleaning

Clean Your Fridge in 20 Minutes

Picture from Thermador Home.

We speed cleaned the @orsongygi fridge. And we finished off an entire jar of pickles in the process.

Cleaning out your entire fridge is a daunting task. There’s no way around it. But we followed FIVE streamlined steps that helped us focus and get things done as quickly as possible.

Our goal was to complete the task in 20 mins. It took closer to 30… but we still feel so good about it!! It’s shiny and fresh and pretty.

Cleaning your fridge in 20 minutes (or so):

  1. Empty everything from your fridge. Throw away anything that is past its prime.
  2. Remove the drawers and shelves. Wash them in warm, soapy water and let them air dry.
  3. Wipe down the inside of the fridge. Don’t forget the door seal. (Use this sandwich spreader to help get in the cracks.)
  4. Return food to the fridge. Wipe down sticky jars and bottles before placing them back in the fridge. Read below for some tips on where to store your produce.
  5. Clean the outside of the fridge!

And be done with it!

Storing food in your fridge:

It can certainly be frustrating to put fresh produce in the fridge and pull it out just a few days later and find moldy, rotten, food. Storing your produce correctly can help preserve its life!

Low Humidity- More Air Flow

Leave your fridge drawer open, which allows the ethylene gas to release from the drawer, thereby preserving the fruit for a longer period of time.

  • apples
  • avocados
  • bananas
  • cantaloupe
  • figs
  • honeydew melon
  • kiwi
  • mangoes
  • papayas
  • pears
  • plantains
  • stone fruit (apricot, nectarine, peaches, plums)

High Humidity- Less Air Flow

  • broccoli
  • brussel sprouts
  • cabbage
  • carrots
  • cauliflower
  • cucumbers
  • eggplant
  • green beans
  • herbs (cilantro, dill, parsley, thyme)
  • leafy greens  (kale, lettuces, spinach, Swiss chard, water cress
  • okra
  • peas
  • peppers
  • strawberries
  • summer squash
  • watermelon

So a good rule of thumb:

Low Humidity for foods that rot.

High Humidity for foods that wilt.

 

We loved this Infographic from Realsimple.com. No more second guessing how long things are good for! Just print this off and store it with your recipes or in your pantry.

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