I came up with a system to rotate my fruits and vegetables and save many of them from rotting. Enter the index card.
|INDEX CARD FOR TOP AND BOTTOM CRISPER|
I divide an index card into 2 sections. One for the top crisper and one for the bottom. Before I go to the store, I take a quick inventory of the index card versus the crisper. Now I know what I need. When I get home from a grocery store run, I begin a new index card. I do a visual inspection and see if I need to “clean” the crisper. I don’t have to clean them as often anymore, and since I line them with paper towels, I can just remove the paper towels and put new ones in.
|TOP AND BOTTOM CRISPERS|
I move everything from the bottom crisper into the top crisper, and record that on my index card. These are the things I need to use quickly. My bottom crisper is for the new items that I have just brought home.
I place the index card on the outside of the refrigerator. When I use an item I simply cross it off my index card. Even my children will cross items off when they eat them. This system has saved me time in cleaning up, has enabled me to quickly see what I have versus what I need, and has saved me money in less wasted food.
|INDEX CARDS ON REFRIGERATOR|
I also have started an index card for leftovers. I got so tired of leftovers getting pushed to the back of the refrigerator and “forgetting” them. Now I can do a quick look and see what we still have left and what I need to use now!