Remove every item from the fridge and place into basic categories for how you use the food. We recommend clearing off your kitchen table and categorizing all the items into a few main categories (then dividing them into more specific categories further down the process).
EXAMPLES OF BASIC CATEGORIES:
•Current Leftovers or Containers of Foods
•Strictly Plant Based Items (like tofu, vegan cheese, plant based “meats,” etc.)
•Non-Plant Based (if needed – items like bacon, dairy cheese, etc.)
•Commonly Shared Plant Based Items (like pickles, sauces, condiments, etc.)
As you are doing this LOOK AT EACH ITEM:
Date: If expired, toss and add replacement items to your grocery list.
If NON-plant based, decide:
•If you will USE IT UP, then create a new category “USE UP SOON.”
•If you will REPLACE IT WITH PLANT BASED then toss it or it give to a friend who will use it. Then write it on your grocery list to find a plant based option to replace it (an example of this may be something like mayo).
•If you will KEEP FOR USE BY A HOUSEHOLD NON-PLANT BASED EATER, decide if you will keep these items mixed with plant based, or keep the sections separate.
Finally, if you have a particular item lingering in the fridge and aren’t sure you will use it – move it to either the “Use Up Soon” category or toss it, don’t let it stay in there forever.