How to Make Space in Your Refrigerator Before the Big Holiday Meal
Before you call the neighbors who probably have full fridges themselves, try the following tricks for making space in the refrigerator.
Uh oh. You promised to cook a big holiday meal for the family, but there is no way the ingredients will all fit inside your refrigerator. Other than calling it quits, what else can you do?
Optimize Your Shelves
Make sure your adjustable shelves align evenly on both sides of the fridge. This will allow you to place items across the seam, gaining yourself a little bit of extra space.
If you have awkwardly shaped packages of food, repackage them into stackable storage containers. This will optimize your vertical space and allow you to fit more items in the fridge.
Clean Out the Unwanted
We all store leftovers and odd things that we don’t want to eat but don’t want to throw away. Face reality and rid yourself of the food clutter. A good approach is to go shelf by shelf. If you won’t eat it in the next 24 hours, toss it away.
We sometimes store items in the refrigerator out of convenience not necessity. Remove items that are non perishable, such as bottles of water or juice pouches, unopened jelly and condiments, vinegar, some fruit, etc.
Use It or Lose It
Make an effort this week to use up leftovers and anything else you can from the refrigerator (and freezer). Plan your meals around what you already have and take bagged lunches, and you will automatically make more room for holiday food.
When All Else Fails
Use a large cooler to store the turkey or other food items, but only for 24 hours or less. Fill the cooler with ice and include a thermometer to make sure the temperature never rises above 40 degrees.