Prepare Your Fridge for Thanksgiving

Are you hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year? Be sure to carve out space in your fridge to hold all that food!
Here are some tips on how to organize your fridge to make sure you have plenty of room for both your Thanksgiving ingredients and your leftovers.
Meal Plan
Careful, detailed menu planning is a great way to free up space in your fridge. Identify the ingredients that you’ll be using in multiple recipes. For example, if your stuffing recipe calls for a cup of vegetable broth, look for another recipe that also uses vegetable broth. This will simplify your shopping list and help keep the contents of your refrigerator organized.
Deep Clean
Take everything out of your fridge and give it a good cleaning. Make sure your valuable refrigerator real estate isn’t being wasted on jars of old condiments and expired produce. Readjust shelves and make room for large items while they’re empty.
It’s still customary for guests to bring something to add to the feast. Talk to your guests in advance. Make a record of what everyone is bringing to avoid redundancy. Feel free to issue recommendations and communicate specific needs. Maybe someone will even volunteer to bring the turkey!
Freeze It
Take advantage of your freezer space. Empty and carefully restock your freezer, just as you did your refrigerator, to maximize its storage capacity.
Gift Take-Home Bags
Give your guests the gift of continuing to enjoy the meal you so painstakingly put together in the days after the holiday. Stock up on storage bags, containers and boxes that your guests can fill up with food and take home with them. Provide custom labels or a permanent marker for them to indicate which bag or box belongs to them. The more they take, the less you have to store.

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