Spaghetti noodles usually come in plastic bags that are almost impossible to reclose once you have opened them. If you only cook some of the noodles, the noodles that are left in the bag become a bit stale and also have a tendency to start falling out into your pantry.
Next time you are snacking on some Pringles, keep the empty can, clean it out, and it becomes the perfect container for noodles. It is just the right size, has a lid and will save you the trouble and expense of getting a special container.
A Wine Cork Can Also Serve as a Chip Clip
Whenever you need to close an open bag of chips or some other half-eaten snack, you never seem to be able to find any of your chip clips around. If you don’t feel like searching your entire house again, there is a way to make your own clip from an old wine cork.
All you have to do is slice half the cork down the middle and use the slit you created to close your folded bag of chips.
Flatten Your Ground Beef Before Storing
Ground beef is a great thing to have around for a last-minute dinner fix, but if you are in a hurry, it may feel like forever while waiting for the beef to thaw out. You can speed up the process by flattening your ground beef in a gallon-sized freezer bag before putting it in the freezer.
The flat surface area of the beef will cause it to thaw out faster and it will also take up less room and be easier to stack in your freezer!
The Way of the Fridge
Much like organizing your tool shed, everything has its place but what does that mean for a fridge? Your fridge is best set at 40°F and the freezer is best at 0°F. The top shelf, being eye-level and the warmest part of the fridge should be dedicated to your open containers (like yogurt or dips), cooked foods, leftovers, and beverages – the things that should be consumed in the next few days. Since warm air rises which forces the colder air to the lower parts of the fridge, you should consider packing your raw meats, eggs, and dairy products on the lower shelves.
Those two drawers for the fruit and vegetables are called the Crisper Drawers and are kept separate for good reasons. Depending on your fridge, most of them have the option to control the humidity in either crisper drawer; the drawer with the lower humidity is better for fruits and the drawer with the higher humidity is for your leafy greens and vegetables.
Fresh Herbs Can Be Stored in the Freezer
If you love to cook then you probably purchase fresh herbs fairly often. The problem is that it seems almost impossible to use the entire amount you buy at the supermarket before it goes bad. Instead of throwing them in the trash, you can put them in the freezer!
As soon as you get home from the farmer’s market or pick your favorite herbs from your own garden, simply chop them up, put them in an ice cube tray with some olive oil and you have some seasoning ready for every occasion.