Originally Posted by TromboneAl
Any good tips?
Thanks for asking!
Cupboards & pantries:
Hurricane food goes in the attic or you'll have to keep buying more when the kid eats it "by mistake".
Move the new stuff to the back, use the old stuff from the front. No cherrypicking.
No glass containers. Especially oil bottles, but let's not dwell on that mishap.
Heavy baking supplies (flour, sugar, mixes) go on the bottom.
Flour & sugar belong in ziploc bags (ants).
Rice bags heavier than 10 pounds belong in the garage in airtight containers (roaches, rats). Metal trash cans work great.
Canned goods go on eye-level shelves so that labels can be read without emptying the entire cupboard.
Cereal boxes get their own cupboard, unless you have a pet that can open cupboard doors.
Yummy baking supplies (icing, decorations) go on the top shelf above a teenager's visual horizon.
Hallowe'en candy-- most especially lollipops-- belongs in ziploc bags (ants). If a lollipop wrapper is loose then I won't eat the lollipop, but I don't want to dwell on that one either.
Side-by-side refrigerator/freezers enclose less stowage volume than over-under models.
In-door ice/water dispensers are a waste of energy, maintenance, and money.
Icemakers are generally more trouble than ice-cube trays, especially if the water supply is not demineralized.
Overloaded freezer doors don't seal tightly.
If the ice cream freezes solid then the freezer is too cold. Just to be sure, it's best to taste-test this frequently.
Chocolate chips taste better when they're frozen solid. If you don't share this trick with the rest of your family then they last longer, too.
Shredded cheese can freeze. Many brands sell a four-cup bag of shredded cheese for nearly the same price as a two-cup bag.
TH's frozen-butter trick is one of the best baking tips I've ever read.
Freeze the ground beef & fish filets in individual one-pound packages for easy stacking & recipe doubling.
Milk can freeze but it can also split the plastic container seam.
Color-coded freezer bags are great for identifying leftover meat, chicken, fish, etc.
Frozen coffee doesn't last longer but it eliminates complaints about the smell from the uncaffeinated.
If you freeze cooking grease/oil for later disposal, make sure you inform all teenagers in the vicinity before
they go looking for a snack. This is especially important if they're allowed to use your bathrooms, or not near an exit.
Cheap light bulbs burn out faster, break easier, and cut more severely than appliance-rated bulbs.
If you're right-handed, do NOT inform a left-handed person that the refrigerator & freezer door hinges are reversible.
New refrigerators use a LOT less energy and may pay it back in just a few years.
The refrigerator is one of the house's most fire-proof containers (short of a fireproof safe) and a great place to store backup DVDs.
Many refrigerators have trouble controlling the temperature of the top shelf, which may freeze if it's below the freezer. Save the top shelf for canned goods and breads. Do not store fruits on the top shelf. DVDs seem to survive OK.
Many smaller leftovers containers-- individual meal-sized-- pack the volume bettter.
Breads refrigerate or even freeze but they do not go in cupboards.
Beer lasts longer when stored in the back of the refrigerator behind the yogurt. If you don't share this trick, etc.
The special ventilated plastic bags are great for lettuce.
Compost containers are best if they're see-through, prominently labeled, and on the bottom shelf. Notify all teenagers in the vicinity, etc.
Same guidance for the bunny's timothy hay, although the consequences aren't nearly as severe.
And finally, don't let small kids get at Mom's special small bottle of "Bailey's chocolate milk". Teenagers are probably a bad idea, too...
Anyone else lie awake at night thinking about this subject?