Happy National Clean-Out-Your-Refrigerator-Day!
By Megan T.
Did you know that today, November 15th, is officially “National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day”?
This tedious chore is something most of us dread and often put off until that odd smell is simply no longer tolerable! But, that mystery dish hiding in the back right corner of your fridge that’s covered in a thin layer of fur and changing colors daily can be a serious health risk!
So we encourage you to see this national holiday as the perfect opportunity to de-clutter , sanitize and make room for those inevitable holiday leftovers.
Below are some steps to help you tackle your overflowing refrigerator and ensure it’s a gluten free haven for all your delicious grub:
Cleaning your fridge can be like going in to battle! You’ll need:
- A large, heavy duty, trash bag.
- Bucket with warm water and mild detergent
- A sponge
- A roll of paper towels or clean dry kitchen towel to wipe shelves after cleaning.
- Optional: gloves (may depend on how severe the state of your fridge is).
Ideally you should clean your refrigerator once a month or immediately after accidental spills.
- Wipe down all shelves and drawers with your warm water and soap mixture. Dry shelves with paper towels or dry towel to remove moisture and soap residue.
- Make sure to set your refrigerator temperature between 34 and 40 degrees.
- Don’t forget your freezer!
Chuck all foods passed their prime in your trash bag.
- Food experts say that fresh poultry, homemade dips, ground meat, and gravy should be stored in your refrigerator for no more than two days.
- Check all expiration dates
- To make sure your leftovers don’t spoil in the future, do NOT store food in paper bags. Instead, cover foods with foil, in airtight containers, or plastic bags.
When restocking your fridge, try to fill it with nutrient-rich foods such as fresh vegetables and fruits. These are also naturally gluten-free!
- Beans, eggs, milk, nuts, and potatoes are just a few items that are gluten free in their original form.
- Meat and fish (un-breaded), yogurt, butter, and cheese are also mostly gluten free, just be sure to read labels for additives and flavorings (including spices/seasonings that may contain gluten).
- If you have gluten-free and gluten-filled items in your fridge make sure to keep them on separate shelves.
- Uncooked meats should also be kept separate from produce, cooked foods, and ready-to-eat foods.
Organize your food items to make them easier to find (and consequently less likely to forget about)!
- Stackable or removable shelves and under shelf baskets are great for this.
Do you have any other tips or tricks for a clean & healthy refrigerator?