I have had this idea for a while, but only just today put it into practice. This really only works on those white, dry erase-like refrigerators (can you see where I am going with this?). The idea is, when you get home from grocery shopping, write down on the front of the fridge in dry erase marker all the things that are going into the fridge. Do the same for the freezer. You could do the same for the pantry if you have a chalkboard or something. When you take something out or use it up, mark it out or erase it.
This has many uses. One, it gives you a quick glance what is in your fridge/freezer/pantry without having to open the door and search around. I can’t tell you how many times I will open the fridge just to browse what it in there. This wastes electricity. The list also reminds me of what I need to use up before it goes bad. I’ll forget that I have those fish fillets thawing in the fridge until it is too late…. For me, this is also very useful in the freezer, because I toss stuff in there, and then forget I have it. I don’t go through the stuff in my freezer near as quickly as I should, mainly because I forget what is in there, and I don’t want to go hunting around with the hope that I will find something I want.
This might not be as big of a problem for a larger family that goes through food quickly. But it is just me and my husband, and it seems to be harder to shop for two people without a lot of waste. Also, there aren’t any groceries close to where I live, so I have to limit trips to once a week. If one was closer, I would go more frequently and only buy what we would eat in a couple days. As it is, I have to get more stuff, which means it is easier to forget what I have. Thus, my system! (sorry for the crappy phone picture)
This blog is just an idea dump. Gotta get in on this hot Pinterest action, right? A lot of my posts will be repeats from other blogs, but with my own tweaks. Hopefully most will be my own original ideas. We shall see (that is the royal We).