Today, I have a few miscellaneous kitchen tips -- none of which I feel are worthy of having a post dedicated solely to them, but possibly helpful nonetheless! :)
First, leftovers. When I'm clearing the table after dinner, I pile up everything that goes into the fridge and wait until everything's ready before I open the door. This saves energy and seems to be more efficient, too.
Also by the fridge (in my case, on top of the fridge, out of reach of little hands!), I have a marker (or pen) and masking tape. Label containers of leftovers with the date so you know for sure when something needs to be used or when something is unsafe to consume any longer! :)
When I was at my mom's this spring, one of the things I noticed her doing was making a running list of what leftovers were waiting in her (always packed) fridge. Her list looked like this:
Oriental Chicken Salad
...and so forth. A each day passed, she added the day to the list and listed the leftovers that had been added to the fridge. When something was eaten, she crossed it off the list.
It was an easy way for a big, busy family to keep track of the leftovers and quickly see what needed to be located and used! :)
We eat cooked vegetables often, and I sometimes have small amounts left. Put the vegetables in a tub, store in the freezer, and keep adding when you have bits of corn, green beans, peas, etc. leftover. Then make some Beef Vegetable Soup and toss in the extra veggies! :)
By the way, on the topic of not wasting leftovers, Kristen at The Frugal Girl has a Food Waste Fridays carnival each week to help encourage everyone not to waste food! :)
My essential kitchen tools: Masking tape and marker (perfect for containers in the fridge or freezer), screw driver (for pan handles or appliances), box cutter, and scissors.
And finally: In the past year or so, I noticed that when I had the fridge door open and the light(s) inside were on, the light bulbs got very hot, very quickly. I'm not sure if it's just the bulbs in my fridge that get almost hot enough to burn my hand, or what -- but I decided to gently unscrew the light bulbs just enough that they wouldn't turn on any more. I hated the idea of closing the fridge door with two hot light bulbs inside every time I had the door open for 15 seconds or longer!
I can't say that this has made any perceivable difference in our electric bill, but it just seems better to me. When I asked Joshua recently if he had noticed that the fridge lights had been off for quite a while, he said the fridge is "kinda dark" for his preferences, but he hasn't asked me to turn them back on. :)
What do you think? Does it matter if the light bulbs in the fridge are used, or not? :)
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