Celebrate The Warm Weather With A Makeover For Your Fridge

Get Fit For Summer!

Even though it's an object we take for granted that we use every day, most of us don't spend a great amount of time making sure we maximize our fridge's efficiency to help us eat well. So how can you get the most out of your fridge for the summer? Here are some tips for cleaning out your refrigerator and great foods to enhance your summer produce. Paired with these 5 ingredients for flavorful meals in a breeze you'll be able to make endless combinations in your kitchen.

Clean it out: Food keeps and tastes better if it's kept in a clean environment. Ditch old leftovers and staples that have gone bad, though be mindful that expiration dates aren't always accurate and try to reduce your impact by composting items that are actually no longer edible.

Stock It: Next, start stocking up in items that are handy and have a great shelf life. This definitely includes condiments - multiple types of mustard are great ways to add flavor quickly, soy and hoisin sauce, ketchup, and relishes are all great staples. There's also a host of great preserved foods, though, that are convenient to use on an every day basis. What we call pickles is just the tip of the iceberg. There's also pickled asparagus, pickled eggs, pickled ramps to name a few!

Don't forget marinated items, like olives, artichokes, and roasted red peppers. They are great ways to liven up sandwiches, salads, and many other dishes. I throw these into pastas and sauces frequently.

Yogurt www.marcussamuelsson.com/tag/yogurt is an incredible food that keeps well too. Not only does it pair well with granola, you can dollop it on vegetables, sandwiches, or soups for a creamy protein-packed addition.

Maximize the potential of your refrigerator to reduce waste, improve your diet, and eat the tastiest foods!