Top five ref-related things you can do to save on food and money

The sight of people buying in hoards and panic escapes me. Yes, I know we’re on a 1-week lockdown, but buying food in excess will certainly lead to spoilage and will, simultaneously, create a hole in your wallet. So, my contribution to you is this: the top five ref-related things you can do to save on food and money:

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1. Do left over night

Devote a day when your meal consists of left-overs. I’m not talking about food that’s gone bad or stale, but dishes that still taste well. If you’re thinking of re-heating food, make sure that the flavor is still there- and if it isn’t, maybe a few drops of soy sauce or a pinch of salt will do the trick.

2. Try to cook up ingredients found inside the ref

Check your ref and see if you have some extra broccoli or tofu stashed in there- then create a meal that uses these. This should bring out the creative cook in you.

3. First In, First Out

Whether it’s meat, fish, milk or dairy, remember the rule: what goes in  the ref first should be consumed first. This will deter food products from needlessly going to waste.

4. Organize your ref

Organize in such a way that you can see the items you bought from the minute you open your ref door. If you have to stack and cramp products to the point that they’re out of your sight, chances are, you won’t even remember they’re there.

5. Don’t buy too much

That means, don’t hoard. Always remember how many people you have in the family; who eats every meal; who is on a diet etcetera etcetera. Also don’t tailor your food needs with that of other members of the household. Or else, you’d end up having all these food for yourself to consume. And I doubt you’ll be able to eat them all before they expire.

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