Today’s topic is very similar to yesterday’s It’s In The Atmosphere, so similar that it’s really a sub-point to the main idea, but I felt that it is SO important to the functioning of your kitchen and efficient cooking that it would be useful to deal with separately. Today I want to help you understand that A Clear Fridge Is A Clear Mind. A well-organized fridge will not only help you in avoiding waste, but it will also help you cook and bake with more ease and enjoyment.
Now, first off the bat, by “clear” I do not mean empty… not by any means. Instead, I mean that your fridge is not crammed to the max. In a “clear” fridge, you can see at a glance what is on each shelf and there are no expired items (and therefore there are no funky odors when you open up the fridge).
There are many advantages to avoiding hoarding food in your fridge beyond the funky science experiments that occur. First the economical… If air cannot circulate well in your fridge then the compressor will be permanently running, and the food near the door may never get appropriately cooled. A good rule of thumb is that if you can’t see the back wall of your fridge between each shelf, then the air probably can’t circulate correctly either. Refrigerators already suck up ALOT of energy, so why waste money on food that’s likely already gone bad?
Secondly, nothing is more discouraging than planning your meal, shopping for what you need, and then getting into the thick of preparation to realize that a key ingredient you thought was holding up long enough to be usable is actually covered in mold. my own special penance for wasting food is that my husband gets this horribly sad puppy-dog face any time he sees food end land in the trash.
Finally, space in your fridge and freezer is indispensable when tackling great recipes. If you have so much food in your fridge that you are unable to make room for a cheesecake to cool or freeze a dish of sorbet then your fun is over before it’s even begun. Make sure the heart beat of your kitchen (that whirring compressor) is working for you instead of against you!