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It’s National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day

Well today is National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day (if you didn’t know that,  then you should have been listening to us sooner today.)  The good news is that your getting a reprieve. It’s not only a good idea to help your fridge out, but a week from today it’s Thanksgiving and Thanksgiving leftovers.  You’ll need the room and besides it’ll give you a great excuse to eat whatever is in there.

While your busy cleaning out the frig, it might be a good time to also consider doing things to help save money with your refrigerator.  To me, some seem pretty obvious, like make sure the seal on the frig is tight.  If you can fit a dollar bill through the door, then you should replace the seal.  If you can fit a dollar in the door, then that means dollars are coming out (and I don’t mean like a casino slot).

One I didn’t know before is, don’t store hot food.  It makes the refrigerator work harder to cool the food and uses more energy to do so.  It’s suggested that that you put the food on the stovetop to cool down.  The only drawback to that is, if you leave it on the stovetop then I’m going to pick at it and then I won’t have to worry about putting it in the refrigerator at all.  I also suggest that if your going to let the food cool down first and you want to put it out of sight like on the enclosed porch, that you make sure the door is shut completely.  Let’s just say, once we put a cake on the porch to cool and a squirrel decided he wanted to have a couple of bites before it cooled down.  When we went to our parents, they kept wondering why none of my family wanted any cake that day.

Another thing I just learned, don’t store Fruit together.  If you store fruit in the same drawer or area, it has a tendency to rot faster. Fruit apparently is alot like women in the office, if you put them together they all get on the same schedule.  In the case of the fruit, they will ripen faster if there together then apart.  I have no idea or want to know if same is true with women in the office.

These are just a few ideas and obviously there are more.  So enjoy and eat away and if the wife asks why your pigging out today, just say your doing your part to celebrate National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day. 

getty images/ Patrick Lux

However if you want her to believe it, make sure your eating stuff from the frig and not the cupboard.

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