5 things a chef would take out of your fridge

It can be so tempting to have everything in your kitchen à la the . to organise Kardashian Oreo jar. But there’s a point where a pleasing aesthetic starts to get in the way of function. For example, take a look in your fridge: are there many clear plastic containers, egg holders and pods? Before you go out and buy this bonus (and sometimes pricey) items for your fridge, remember that it may not be necessary. I asked Sydney Rae Chinowho is a chef at People’s Kitchen Philly (alongside being a versatile artist and non-monogamy educator), for their advice on lifestyle items that can be taken out of the fridge immediately – hey, you might even make a very priceless shelf of free real estate good! Here are five items a chef would take out of your fridge every time.

Since they do the same job as the berries in the containers, they are not only redundant but also a waste of money. You don’t need plastic containers to keep food fresh. “Not only can you save, but you can wash your berries without removing them from their container,” Chin says. “It’s great for low-energy days or an easy snack at the office.”

While these cute labels may be more Instagrammable, tape and a pen work just as well to mark the expiration date and indicate what’s in the container. “Whether in a commercial kitchen or at home, grab a piece of tape and Sharpie has always helped me keep track of food and when it goes bad. No reason to go too fancy if you can just use what you have on hand,” suggests Chin.

“Like any twenty-something, my bank account isn’t exactly filled, so using paper towels or a damp thin cloth instead of green produce savers has saved me time, money, and a trip to the grocery store,” explains Chin. Instead of buying a container designer to keep produce fresher for longer, try this DIY: Dampen a paper towel or thin cloth and pack your products. It may seem too easy, but your vegetables will thank you! Pop them into a quart container of your recent takeout order and you’re all set.

Pods for lemons and other products

It is better to pack these items in an airtight bag or container, or use an airtight container such as Saran wrap. “By packing my produce and other veggies, I’ve saved money and in the end it’s less about what looks good and more about what actually works,” Chin says.

Placing these sheets between your produce will keep them fresh, but save yourself a trip to the store and just grab a paper towel, moisten it and wrap your food well. “I learned this hack from June in a series on her YouTube channel, Delish, called Budget food‘ explains Kin. “There is a lot of free knowledge available from those of us who work with and around food in a more professional manner and we are always happy to share to help you save a few bucks and keep your food fresh.”

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