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Spring Ahead on your Spring Cleaning

Now is the time to set a resolution in motion.  It’s a new year and the possibilities for a fresh new start are endless. No matter what the groundhog said, we’re all waiting patiently for spring. Until the warmer weather arrives why not get ahead of the spring cleaning with a little decluttering in the kitchen; starting with the pantry and refrigerator. You may be surprised at what you find! You may discover some foods that were bought and forgot, expired and perhaps some UFO’s (unidentifiable food objects).

Consider these tips to avoid losing track of your food for next time. 

FIFO

First In. First Out. If you’re like most people you may find you habitually buy certain items each week and when you get home, you find you still have one from last time. Rather than placing your new item in front of the old one make sure your older purchase is moved to the front of the shelf so you eat it first. Even go one step further and label it “Eat me first” as a reminder.

QUESTION YOUR HABITS

While you are clearing out the back of your refrigerator or the corners of your pantry make note of what you have in there and what you have completely forgotten about. Did it go bad? Did you throw it away? Question why you bought that item in the first place; if it’s something you find yourself tossing away often see if there is a way to buy smaller amounts or share with someone else. Was it stored properly? Check out our refrigerator makeover for tips on organizing your refrigerator and crisper.  

FRESH FIRST

Fresh is often perishable. To prevent those items from wilting or dying in your refrigerator make a plan to eat those foods first. Added bonus: fresh is usually the heathier choice so your body will thank you in the long run.

PLAN AND POST

Before you shop, take some time to see what you have at home, make a meal plan, create a shopping list and stick to the list while you shop. Lastly, post your plan in the kitchen so you don’t forget. In the end you will save time, money and food.

One final consideration: when we waste food, yes we waste time and money, but we also waste the water, energy and resources that went in to producing that food. Reducing food waste is a good thing.   Who knew spring cleaning could be so beneficial?

Fo more tips, visit york.ca/goodfood



Pinterest,good food,health,nutrition,waste,tips,food,local,markets,farm,fresh,tasty,resolutions,habits Until the warmer weather arrives why not get ahead of the spring cleaning with a little decluttering in the kitchen; starting with the pantry and refrigerator. The Regional Municipality of York en-US News

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