Reorganizing Your Fridge Is One of the Easiest Ways to Combat Food Waste—Here's How
The next time you go scooping uneaten leftovers or mushy-ish produce from your fridge into the trash (we've all been there), consider this: The United States is the global leader in food waste, throwing away a staggering 80 billion pounds—the equivalent of 1,000 Empire State Buildings—of food every year. If you think one person alone can hardly put a dent in that figure, think again. Everyone doing their part to reduce food waste in their own homes can collectively make a significant impact toward less food waste.
Mise en place, the French term for "putting everything in its place," is typically used in reference to your setup when cooking, but this idea applies to your kitchen as a whole, including your refrigerator. One of the top ways to reduce food waste is to arrange your fridge in a way that you'll know exactly what you have—information that can then guide your cooking and eating to ensure nothing goes into the trash.
"When your fridge is organized, you're more aware of its contents and more likely to use foods before they turn bad," says Abbie Gellman, RD, chef at Institute of Culinary Education in New York. Take note of these expert tips for cutting back on food waste by organizing your fridge.