Our refrigerators are always crowded. But once you remove the extraneous odds and ends – the half-eaten bagels, mysterious foil-wrapped leftovers, desiccated parsnips in the veggie drawer – and rearrange the fridge’s contents with some sense of organization, you’ll be surprised how much more fits. Not only that, but what you’ve got will stay edible longer.
Here, with the help of Whirlpool’s Institute of Home Science, are some ideas for getting your fridge in order:
The Ohio State University Extension offers a comprehensive chart that lists how long various food items can be safely stored; go to http://www.extension.osu.edu (type “safe storage food” in the search field). While the refrigerator is empty, give it a thorough cleaning with warm soapy water, including the shelves and surface areas, compartments and drawers.