The Philippines isn’t just known for being the country where Christmas celebration starts as early as September. We’re also known for being one of the most food-filled Christmas destinations too. A stark trademark of the Pinoy Christmas is a fridge full of holiday food left over from various get-togethers, reunions and holiday feasts with our loved ones, so it’s really no surprise that cleaning out the fridge is the next big challenge. For that, follow these 8 useful and helpful tips!
Consolidate Leftovers and Toss Out the Remnants
Chances are, your fridge is full of leftovers – from your family’s Noche Buena ham to the many viands that were served in every Christmas get-together. If these items are still in a serving dish or are placed in containers you simply stuffed into your fridge right after dinner, take them all out and carefully assess if they’re all still good to eat. If not, toss them out. The same goes for the smaller food items, like that bite of stuffing in a large container. Likewise, check if you can also come up with a new dish by using these leftovers.
Wipe Shelves, Drawers and Edges
After clearing out holiday leftovers, you can continue clearing your fridge of other food items, tossing out those that have gone way past their expiry dates. Afterwards, wipe out any crumbs, spills and drips you see on your shelves and drawers. Remember to clean the edges of your fridge as well, especially the spots near the door hinge. Scrub your drawers with water and soap, then put them back in.
Clean Your Icebox
After emptying your icebox, you can clean it with the good old vinegar solution, or clean it with two tablespoons baking soda and one quart hot water. You don’t have to turn to harsh chemicals to clean your icebox, and if you’ve run out of vinegar or baking soda, you can use lemon, salt and warm water to clean it too.
Add Baking Soda
Once you’re done cleaning every nook and cranny of your fridge, add an opened box of baking soda in the fridge to clear out the smell. Likewise, you can also place baking soda on a baking sheet and lay it out in one of the shelves until the smell goes away.
Label Your Food
While waiting for the smell to clear out, you can use the time wisely to label your food. The best way to prevent spoiled food and spills to populate your fridge is to throw out old items before they rot. To do that, you can stick masking tape strips on your container and write down what date that item entered your fridge. Stick a marker and labels onto the side of your fridge so you can do this for future food items – you never have to guess expiry dates ever again!
Extend the Shelf Life of Food By Freezing
Cool containers can help your food prolong its life. If you have food you want to keep for a longer time, or ingredients you don’t want to buy again and again, label them and stack them in the freezer.
Clean the Outside
Cleaning the inside of the fridge is only one phase! For a fully clean and sparkling post-holiday fridge, clean the outsides of your fridge too. And because this area is close to your food as well, avoid chemical cleaning agents. Instead, opt for that vinegar solution and wipe out any dirt or spills you might see, then freshen it with lemon and water afterwards.
Cleaning the fridge may seem like the last thing you’d want to do right after the holidays, but it’s going to do you well in the long run. This helps make room for more food you’d want to store in and also is necessary in prolonging the life of your refrigerator!
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written by Bea Luna