What’s FIFO and Why You Should Do It At Home
Finally, an organization system that actually works.
Fee-fi-fo-fum! This has literally nothing to do with FIFO, but it sounds fun and I wanted to include it. That said, FIFO is an acronym that stands for First-In, First-Out. You’re probably asking yourself, “Was this acronym created to reflect how I go about attending most social gatherings?” or “What does this have to do with food?” If you’re asking yourself the former, I don’t know what to tell you, but if you’re asking the latter, I have answers. And plenty of them.
Ok, so how is this even remotely applicable to food? Refrigerator organization, people. This clever method for arranging the items in your fridge will not only encourage you to use up what you already have, but it will also make it easier to keep what’s still fresh and good in plain sight. This is the same tactic that your local grocery store uses when stocking its shelves–the fresher food items goes to the back, and the older items are pushed towards the front. This way, the shopper will grab what’s right in front of them (the sooner-to-expire item), and the fresh stock towards the back will be able to last longer than its front-facing companions. It’s a genius system, and the very reason that you can often find me lurching towards the back of the spinach selection—because you better believe I want the greens that just came off the truck.
This same logic should be utilized when you’re unloading groceries or stocking up your refrigerator and freezer with meal prep components and leftovers. If you eat the older stuff first while it’s still fine to eat, you’re way more likely to avoid throwing away food. If it’s helpful for you, go ahead and label your food containers with the containers' contents, the date they were cooked or purchased, and any other relevant information.. Basically, it’s understandable to be excited about the fresh new food items that you’re introducing to your refrigerator, but go ahead and tuck those behind the produce or dairy that you’re already working on so that you’re not being wasteful with your purchases. Fee-fi-fo-that-was-fun!