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By Maria Gracia
June 5, 2019
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I Hate Throwing Food Away, But Forget About Leftovers
A GON Reader Asks:
I really need help with my refrigerator. I hate, hate, hate throwing food away
and I always plan on eating leftovers, but I always forget they are in the
refrigerator. Any suggestions on how to remember? Thanks!
This fabulous GON reader 'Ask Maria' question was submitted by:
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Maria Gracia responds:
Thank you for your question and yes, I have a few ideas for you that work very
well for my family and, hopefully, will work for yours as well:
1) Have a meal-plan for the week. Grab a sheet of paper and make a grid:
Label 1) Breakfast, 2) Lunch, and 3) Dinner
Label 1) Mon, 2) Tue, 3) Wed, 4) Thu, 5) Fri, 6) Sat, and 7) Sun
You now have a place to indicate what you're eating for each meal. For instance,
in the box for Dinner on Monday, you might indicate 'Meatloaf,' in the
box for Dinner on Tuesday, you might indicate 'Pasta,' and in the box for
dinner on Friday, you might indicate, 'Meatloaf LEFTOVERS.'
By actually designating a day that you'll be eating those leftovers, whether
they're used for another dinner or a lunch, you won't forget about them.
2) Don't overstuff your refrigerator. When it's stuffed to the max, it's
nearly impossible to find what you need, and leftovers are often pushed to the
back and go bad before they're used up.
3) Keep all leftovers stored in one area of the refrigerator. I always
keep leftovers on the third shelf down in my fridge, and try to store them all
to one side whenever possible. They're easier to find and use up this way.
4) Don't go grocery shopping until the refrigerator is nearly empty. This
is another good way to use up those leftovers...it forces you to eat everything
prior to shopping.
5) Store leftovers in the same type and color of containers whenever
possible. I use glass Pyrex (all blue lids) and Gladware (all green lids) to
store leftovers...all the same containers with the same lids. We can see our
leftovers easily by the color of the container and lid.
6) Cook for one meal. For any GON reader who is not good about eating
leftovers because they don't particularly like to eat leftovers, be careful
about the portions you're cooking in the first place. In this case, make just
enough for one meal and there won't be any leftovers to be concerned about.
Hope these tips help!
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What good is it doing if it's tucked away?
Do you have a special set of dishes, clothing, or other things that are tucked
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Why do I cry when I'm happy?
While most of us cry in really sad or extremely difficult situations, many of us
shed tears at more joyful times as well. What on earth causes this?
Ditch the awkward silence
Have you ever found yourself standing next to someone at a party or business
social activity and at a complete loss for anything to say? If so, here's some
Keep yourself and your family safe this summer
Every season has its own variety of hazards, and summer is not exempt. These 11
tips will help ensure you and your family enjoy a safe summer
While many people think of sunglasses as merely a fashion accessory, they are
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How are you investing your time this summer?
Are you planning on a lazy summer, a time to get things done, or a little of
Grape Salad with Toasted Pecans
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10 things to tell your dad (or remember him by) this Father's Day
Dads, step-dads, father-in-laws (or anyone who acts like a dad)...saying these
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GON Ask Maria
A reader calls out for help: 'When I organize, the next day it's back to a
GON Monthly Checklist: June
A productive summer with time to relax and enjoy? Yes, please! Follow our NEW
June Organizing Checklist so you're getting things done AND having fun!
GON Weekly Challenges: June
For each week of June, our challenges will be focused on Home Projects. Focus
on the mini challenge for WEEK ONE this week.
In ADDITION, on my home page, you'll also find lots of NEW and featured
Cast your vote How much time do you spend sitting each day? Take our poll
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Social Media Feature Discover the unproductive cycle of procrastination
Improvement is our featured theme of the week, and the two quotes on my
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Have a home project or two to complete this week? If so, you'll love our
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'At the end of the week, my husband and I do a leftovers dinner, where we have
to use whatever's in the fridge. It's sort of a game.'
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