If you're wondering how to organize beverages it's easy if you follow our simple 3 step outline!
How To Organize Beverages: Make A Fridge Organizing System
The easiest and best thing to do to organize beverages in your home is to make a simple organizing system in your fridge. This is an easy step if you keep it basic - make sure it's something removable, that holds drinks and is easily rotated. Some easy ideas are to use clear bins, or removable can rotating shelves or removable drawers.
Once you have the system set up, organize your beverages with the most recent expiration date in front and enjoy!
A great bin for storing and organizing soda cans can be found HERE. Great clear stacking bins can be found HERE. An excellent water bottle stacking bin can be found HERE. A beverage dispenser rack can be found HERE.
MLive.com created a great guide for the optimal temperature to serve beverages at. They said:
There are telltale signs when a cup of black tea is served at below-optimum temperature: the liquid will look clear and there will be a brown ring around the bottom of the cup. "That's when you know you really made a mistake. If you taste it, it's going to taste like hot water," says Joe Simrany, president of the Tea Association of the USA. "The problem is you're not extracting all the flavor that tea has to offer," he says. Near boiling water is required to extract the most flavor from black tea. After 3 minutes of steeping, the tea should be about 185 F, he says. For white or green tea, cooler temperatures are required, around 165 F to 185 F.
Milk's optimum temperature -- 33 F to 35 F -- is a matter of both taste and safety, says Gary Wheelock of the New England Dairy Promotion Board. A temperature below 39 F is essential to prevent spoilage. His organization came up with a little rhyme for supermarkets to remind them to keep milk cold: "Below 39, it's fine." "You also want to keep it cold just from a taste standpoint," he says. "Most people absolutely prefer to drink really cold milk, myself included."
In the Pepsi vs. Coke debate, Pepsi comes out on top (of the temperature scale). A company spokeswoman says Pepsi is best consumed at 42 F, plus or minus 3 degrees. A spokesman for Coca-Cola says Coke's ideal temperature is 38 F.
With such a basic beverage, there's a lot of room for personal preferences. But there are some common mistakes, says Michael Mascha, author of "Fine Waters: A Connoisseur's Guide to the World's Most Distinctive Bottled Waters." "Americans drink water way, way too cold," he says, noting that doing so numbs the taste buds. Still water is best served at around 55 F -- about the temperature at which it comes out of the ground -- rather than straight from the refrigerator, he says. "Being a natural product, it's a good idea to drink it a natural temperature," he says. With carbonated water, a slightly higher temperature mitigates the aggressiveness of large bubbles, he says, and lets the mineral content of the water come through."
How To Organize Beverages: Get A Mini Fridge
If you're the type of person who goes through beverages quickly acquiring a mini fridge might be the right option for you. Having a mini-fridge that's exclusively used for beverages means you'll always have cold drinks and you won't have the back up in your main refrigerator.
LifeHacker.com wrote an article on what to look for when purchasing a mini-fridge. They said:
- "Only buy a mini-fridge that uses a compressor for cooling, not a thermoelectric element (they don’t get cold enough to keep food safe to eat).
- Look for mini-fridges that have a full-width freezer—spanning the entire width of the fridge—so you have more space for frozen food. Some models have a much smaller freezer compartment.
- Avoid cube-shaped fridges if you have the space. They don’t hold very much and aren’t that much cheaper.
- Avoid two-door mini-fridges as well. They have a hard time holding consistent temperatures."
How To Organize Beverages: Replace Immediately and Recycle
And finally, the most important how-to of how to organize beverages is to regularly replace them and recycle what you've used. If you replace a can of soda in the fridge with a warm can from the box you'll always have cold soda when you go to grab a drink - you'll always have a cold water or soda to grab. And don't forget to recycle! Those soda boxes, cans, and water bottles can really add up and create space and pollution.
"Home Recycling Tips
Visit your local recycling center and find out what materials they accept for recycling. Then set up your bins accordingly. To find the recycling center nearest you, call: 1 800-CLEANUP
Put Storage Bins in Place
The key to a successful home recycling program is the storage bin setup. Once you learn which materials your local recycling center accepts, set up a corresponding storage bin system. The garage is a good place to locate the bins; if using an open carport, the lids will need to be covered to secure the contents from pests and wind. Once your system is set up, recycling is easy!
Use Plastic Bags or Totes
Use plastic bags or totes to store materials for recycling. Paper bags can be leaky and rip easily. Try to use smaller containers, as they will be easier to lift when full.
Label Recycling Bins
Label recycling bins to ensure materials are separated correctly.
Choose Products with the Highest Percentage of "Post-Consumer" Recycled Content
Two types of recycled materials are used in manufacturing products and packaging:
- Pre-Consumer: Which is often referred to as mill scraps recycled internally at manufacturing plants
- Post-Consumer: Which is material returned by consumers, through recycling programs, to the manufacturing process.
Clean Bottles and Tins
Clean bottles and tins before putting in the recycling bin. This prevents flies both at home and the recycling station.
Put a 'No Junk Mail' Sticker on Your Letterbox
You’ll be amazed at how much this reduces your rubbish.
Join the Freecycle™ Movement
The idea is simple: you give away for free what you have and don’t need and you receive for free what you need, but don’t have. This ‘free cycle’ of goods keeps lots of useful stuff out of landfill sites and is about thinking globally and recycling locally. Visit freecycle.org for more information.
Attend a Repair Café. For more information on this movement, read our article Fixer Movement Makes Old Things New Again."
If you follow these simple steps you'll quickly learn how to organize beverages!
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