Could a Fridge Triage Box Help You Stop Wasting Food and Money?

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Nowadays when I open my fridge, my eyes immediately go to the bright green box, and I just grab whatever is in there. It’s actually kind of fun trying to come up with a
recipe that combines as many of the ingredients in there as possible too. Once I’ve consumed the high-risk items, I populate the triage box with other food that is nearing its shelf life. I haven’t yet run the numbers but I can already tell that I’m saving money and wasting less because I don’t have to throw as many containers in the garbage as I usually do. The box also helps curb the issue of buying an extra carton of milk when you already had one that was just hidden behind other stuff and it keeps my fridge looking tidy too.

So do you think making a fridge triage box will help you and your family stop wasting food and money? Or do you think this idea is a total waste of time? Tell me in the comments!

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15 Comments

  1. I like the idea of using a box to isolate all the soon-to-expire stuff. I keep trying to use the first-in-first-out system in my fridge but as you said, things get lost in there. The only issue is that you’ve got to keep on top of things and do a fridge inspection every now and then (monthly, maybe?) to be sure to find all the NEW soon-to-expire things. But if it means less waste, it’s probably worth a try.

  2. I’m so wasteful. This would be a great idea. Can I come over and have you fry me some kimchi in your deep fryer?

  3. This is one of the best ideas I’ve ever heard for saving food! I pinned this to Pinterest last night and it got 30 repins by this morning! As soon as I read this I went out and bought a plastic box right away (I figured it would be better than a shoebox because I can wash it when it gets a little dirty). This morning’s breakfast was ‘eat everything in the triage box because it’s overflowing’ scramble, and I think lunch will be a similar hodgepodge. Then, when the box is empty with leftovers, I’ll know it’s time to cook! Thanks for the idea!

    1. Wow Rosemary, thanks for your kind words and for pinning the article! The best flattery for a DIY blog is when someone actually takes the advice we post and uses it to better their lives. I’d love to hear updates from time to time to see if the fridge triage box is keeping you guys on the right path foodwise and I am totally going to take your tip about the scramble – what a smart idea!

  4. I’ve been doing this for a month or so now, since I first read your post, and it’s definitely made us more aware of food that needs to be finished. We’re more inclined to pull something out of the triage box to finish it before opening something else. Great idea!

    1. Thank you for reading Lisa! I’m so glad you gave this a try. It’s really been working for me too. Keep me updated about your food-saving progress!

  5. Very nice post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I’ve really enjoyed browsing your blog posts. After all I’ll be subscribing to your feed and I hope you write again very soon!

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