Kitchen Tips - May 2010

  • Check expiration dates on perishable products such as salad dressings, sauces and condiments. You might be surprised at how long you have had some of these items in your refrigerator!
  • Store bottles and jars of condiments in a plastic box that you can easily pull out. It will keep like items together and prevent some of these smaller jars from getting lost in the back of the refrigerator.
  • Store leftovers in containers that are the right size for the amount of food you are placing in them. Try to use containers of a similar size and shape so they can be stacked in order to save space. See through containers are best so you can easily identify what is stored in each one. Purge these containers frequently.
  • To clean the top of the refrigerator, wet a paper towel or cloth with full strength vinegar. It will cut the grime.
  • Wipe out the interior of the refrigerator with a solution of half water and half white vinegar to remove any dried on spills.
  • Keep an open box of baking soda in the back of the refrigerator to eliminate odors, and don’t forget to change it every three months.
  • Empty partially-used bags of frozen veggies in a larger zipper closure freezer storage bag. When the bag is full, use it to create a flavorful and healthy vegetable soup. This will also prevent the buildup of ice crystals in the opened bags.
  • Label items before you put them in the freezer if the name isn't easy to see and date items. Use the oldest items first to keep things as fresh as possible.
  • You might want to keep a list of items that are in your freezer and arrange them by category. Before you head to the grocery store, check the list and plan your meals around the things you have on hand. It is an easy way to use your inventory in a timely way and makes dinnertime less stressful. You'll never get to the middle of a recipe and realize you are missing a key ingredient again.

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