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How to empty your fridge before a trip

July 17, 2018

How to empty your fridge before a trip

Nobody likes coming home to a fridge full of fungus, slime or fermented aromas. (Except maybe a mushroom farmer, or somebody brewing cherry wine.) When you're about to go camping for a week up in Glacier, or road trippin' to the West Coast it's easy to forget about all that fresh stuff in your fridge. So what do you do to avoid a moldy mess?

Here's some ideas:

  1. Make a dent with every meal: It's a snooze to whip out that frozen casserole on busy nights, defrost and eat. But try to cook some simple meals with all the fresh produce in the fridge that won't stand the test of time. Stir-Fry is always a go to option for this!
  2. Can it be frozen? No? Eat it!: You can freeze a ton of food that you can't eat within a week or so. Peppers, Kale, Butter, Broccoli, Cauliflower etc. But lettuce, eggs and mayo don't like frost, so how about Caesar Salad Night before your trip?
  3. Half used=Chow Time!: Got some broth or sour cream that's only half full? Use it up in a soup or stew now so you can forget about it once you're traveling. 
  4. Treat your house sitter to an all-you-can-eat buffet: Make sure your house sitter knows about all those avocados that'll be brown when you get back. They can make a killer guacamole to go with all the other leftovers you left behind. 
  5. If you can't eat it, bring it!: Especially if you're camping, just bring a cooler filled with all the half eaten grub in the fridge. Save money on camp food and eat like a king/queen in the wilderness!
  6. Come home to a frozen feast: Make a big giant casserole or lasagna with all the time sensitive food in the fridge. Freeze it, and call it dinner for that first night back from your trip when you're tired and don't wanna cook. 

These are just a few ideas, but the goal is to get your bang for your buck with groceries. And less headache when you come home!

 

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