What do they mean to you?
Are you the person who always lets the leftovers go bad before eating them or the person who looks at leftovers like meal prep, fuel for the week?
Whatever your stance, I’m here to let you in on a little secret to ensure that your leftovers don't stay hidden in your fridge, going bad before you remember they're there.
Are you ready? The secret is: CLEAR. STORAGE.
I know this may seem like a no brainer to some of you and to that I will say I wish you shared the secret with me a long time ago because this has taken me a long time to learn...and I mean a LONG time to learn.
I live with one of my sisters in Philadelphia and the two of us have very different schedules so a lot of our texts look something like this:
And just like that, the leftover beans went bad before they were eaten.
Why were there two bean containers in question? Because one of us didn't realize the other had already opened one since our storage containers aren't see through.
And then one marvelous day my sister asked, "What are your thoughts on clear storage?" and the game had changed for good.
As someone who strives to use what I have before buying new, I've collected a random assortment of containers over the years that I use for food storage. This allowed me to save on spending and avoid adding to landfill. But what this hadn't done was reduced my food waste, a lot of which came down to not knowing exactly what was in my fridge, freezer, and cabinets.
I’m not suggesting you throw away anything and everything you currently have that isn't clear. What I do suggest is when you’re in a position to invest in your kitchen, opting for clear storage is a sure way to know exactly what is in your fridge and waste less food.
In today’s world, it’s common to forget what you ate for dinner last night so putting leftovers in clear storage is an easy, quick visual reminder.
How do you ensure you don’t waste food? I’d love to know! Leave me a comment or tag me on Instagram @jamiegallagher4! I look forward to incorporating your ideas into my every day routine.