Love Your Fridge

smart home inventoryYour fridge is more than just a kitchen appliance. It's your cooking partner. Treat your fridge right and fill it with great food and you'll have everything you need to create delectable meals every night of the week. Overcrowd it or fill it with junk and you'll have an unappetizing mess on your hands. Today we have some great tips on how to show your fridge some love and how to use Stockpile smart home inventory solution to make the most of every meal.

Fill It Full 

Did you know that a full fridge runs more efficiently? That's right. Your fridge doesn't have to work as hard to stay cold when it's full of food. Before you go stock up on groceries there are a few things to keep in mind however. Watch your expiration dates. Buying products that have a short shelf life won't do you any favors in the long run. Don't buy more than you can use before it expires. Having a fridge full of rotten food isn't a good thing.

Choose Wisely 

Don't shop while you're hungry. You're more likely to make impulse buys when your stomach is growling. Stick to your list and only buy items that you know you're going to use right away. Don't get sucked in by sale items. Often people add items to their cart because the deal is "too good to pass up." Pass it by unless you plan to eat it in the next week. If it isn't so tempting that you just can't wait to eat it chances are it will sit in your kitchen until it expires and you end up throwing it out.

Smart Storage 

After a trip to the store many people want to get the groceries put away as quickly as possible. That often leads to hasty unbagging and items being tossed in the general direction of where they belong. Really taking the time to organize the food in your refrigerator can really pay off in the long run. When you can easily see the food you have on hand it's easier to decide what to eat. Plus, you can keep track of what needs to be used sooner rather than later.

Track It 

Unless you're conducting a science experiment you probably don't set out to let food go bad. Sadly, it happens all too often. Food gets pushed to the back of the fridge. That last bit of lunch meat doesn't get used up. The leftovers that you had once too often last week get tossed because you just can't stand the thought of eating that same meal one more time. Keeping track of the expiration dates on your food can help you make wiser choices when it comes to using the perishables in your fridge. That's where Stockpile smart home inventory solution can really help. If you enter the dates of items like ketchup and mustard that are likely to hang around for weeks, if not months, you can easily keep track of when it's time to replace them. There's nothing worse than starting to make a sandwich only to realize that the mayonnaise isn't good or anymore.

Less Work Than You Might Think 

Right now you're probably thinking that creating Stockpile records for your condiments sounds like a lot of work. That couldn't be further from the truth. Creating item records is quick and easy. Because Stockpile is fully customizable you choose which fields to include in your records. Why waste time filling in fields that you have no interest in tracking? Just put in the data that matters to you. Then when you want to know whether it's time to break out that new jar of mustard or not you can just pull up your Stockpile record and see. This saves you from standing there with fridge door open while you try to squint and read the date that has probably started to fade away. Want to check your condiment status while you're at the store? You can do that thanks to Stockpile smart home inventory solution as well. Stockpile is mobile compatible so you can see what you have on hand even when you're away from home.

Feel Like a Master Chef 

When you have a fridge full of fresh ingredients and the confidence of knowing that everything is usable you'll feel like you can cook anything. Stock your fridge like a pro and start trying out new recipes. You'll be amazed by what a difference it can make in your life. Ready to change your culinary habits for the better? Try Stockpile today!

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