Have you been trying virtually everything possible to get your grocery budget down to a more manageable amount? If you are using coupons, working with store adverts to plan meals and not eating out (or almost ever) and you are finding that your bill is still high, it may be time to get yourself a little more organized. Although you may be wondering how to do this, the main parts of your home to sort and get organized will be your refrigerator, freezer, and pantry.
One of the main reasons why many people’s grocery bills are so high is due to excessive food wastage. In many cases, leftover is placed into containers in the refrigerator and totally forgotten about until such time as they have started qualifying as science experiments.
When putting leftovers in your refrigerator or freezer, it’s essential that you move older containers of food to the front and newer ones to the back. This will help prevent food from being wasted because it has passed it expiry date.
When arriving home after grocery shopping, ensure that older items in your pantry are brought to the front of the shelves as well. This will enable you to adopt a policy of always using your older food supplies first – before they get a chance to develop their own supply of penicillin!
Store Food Items Correctly
Another reason why there is so much food wastage in American households is that a lot of it is not stored correctly. For example, most fresh fruits and vegetables should actually be stored at room temperature. Keeping these in the refrigerator or freezer can result from them developing cold-related damage, while those that are not fully ripe yet will not be able to reach their best level of flavor.
All produce should always be kept away from any uncooked, meat, fish or poultry to prevent cross-contamination and detergent or bleach should never be used to wash any food products. Instead, they can either be rinsed under running faucet water or soaked in a sink of water containing a few tablespoons of baking soda. This will help ensure that any impurities are safely removed.
Any frozen meat, fish or poultry products should be placed into your freezer as soon as possible after arriving home with them to prevent defrosting occurring. Fresh meat products can be stored in the refrigerator for a maximum of 24 hours before they are used or frozen thereafter.
Ensuring that you store your groceries, cooked items and leftovers correctly will help keep as much of your food fresh and usable for as long as possible. However, if you have removed food items from your freezer, pantry or refrigerator that does not look or smell, as they should, it is always best to dispose of them. After all, you wouldn’t want to try and cut costs on your groceries, only to cause your family to get food poisoning of any sort.