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Use Tray for Containers in Refrigerator


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I live in an older mobile with the original refrigerator. The light doesn't work and most of the slats for the shelves are broken. For this reason, I have to keep the shelves pretty close together and I find that limiting in keeping things from getting shoved into the back and forgotten.

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Then, I found an old tray from a camper refrigerator and came up with a pretty nifty idea. If you have food storage containers that fit inside it, and they are not too tall, you can use this as a tray of sorts,and slide it in and out. The only drawback I found, is that if you don't hold it when you pull it out, you can lose the stuff in front. That just means you have to hold it with one hand while putting in or taking out the container.

For me, it's a small price to pay for knowing you can fit 5 or 6 containers. I use these just for leftovers, so I know to look there first for foods. I hope this helps. You might be able to do the same thing with an old cake pan you no longer use. Just coat it with newspaper or foil, and slide it from front to back or from side to side.

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By Sandi/Poor But Proud from Coos Bay, OR

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August 13, 20100 found this helpful

Thanks from a member in Sutherlin. You always have such great tips!

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April 22, 20180 found this helpful

You know what's funny? I ended up living in Sutherlin from 15-17!! I loved it down there. Had a west facing window with a balcony and got sunsets like you wouldn't believe!

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August 13, 20100 found this helpful

I find that inexpensive Plastic Baskets work well for my Refrigerators & upright Freezers. I put all of DH breakfast items in one basket that he can set on the table for himself and one for leftovers, etc.. The only place I haven't "basketed" yet is the top shelf, nothing I have found yet is suitable. The search is on!

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August 13, 20100 found this helpful

Thanks for the tip. The part that I like best and am now starting to use is to use a tray to hold leftovers and check that first when making a meal. It results in way fewer mystery containers in the back of the fridge.

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April 22, 20181 found this helpful

For your refrigerator shelves you can use serving trays to keep alike things together. All you do is pull out the tray and all your items are visible.

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April 11, 20210 found this helpful

My local dollar store carries these shallow trays / baskets in a variety of widths. The uniform length makes them perfect for the depth of the shelves in my fridge. Pickles in one, sauces and marinades in another, salad dressings in a third ... you get the gist.

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Very handy to simply pull out the entire tray when I need something, and - best of all - any spills or drippings are usually confined to the tray: fridge cleaning made easy! And nothing gets caught or left neglected / forgotten in the back of the shelf.

 
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