Now that we’re gearing up to go back to school, I literally have to reorganize my fridge and snack drawers so I can prepare myself for breakfast, lunch packing, snack time, etc. Since we’re still dealing with this Covid ordeal it is our number one priority to keep our kids’ immunity as strong as possible. It is absolutely out of our control, but the one thing we can control is giving them nutritious food.) that’ll make them strong, so they are healthy enough to fight off unforeseen circumstances. So, it is so important to get your fridge organized as it is optimal for your meal prepping, and for this, you can get the best fridge and pantry organizers available.
First, it is crucial to plan. Plan out what you’ll make this coming week for breakfast and lunch. And then the night before makes sure you have everything you need. For example, if I plan to make fried rice for my kids for lunch, then I’ll make extra rice the night before. I like to prepare everything the night before so I’m not rushing things in the morning. Today I’m going to share with you 11 fridge and pantry organization tips.
A STEP TOWARDS HEALTH
My number one goal is trying my best to give them healthy and balanced meals. With that, I have to strategically plan out the day and meals. Trust me, I know it can be hard and you’re not even getting enough sleep how do you expect to plan out their meals? I’ve been there and I know how tough it can be.
Following appropriate fridge and pantry organization ideas can help you in this and I promise you if you have a system and a plan it’ll make your life so much easier and the food you make for your family will be so much healthier. You want them to eat good and feel good! No sugar crashes! It’s natural that if you don’t have things prepared, you’ll go for the convenient food like goldfish, cereal, processed food, etc. If you stick to your plan, you’ll more likely make something healthy for them.
Here are some of my fridge & pantry organization hacks!
- Milk – Make sure to not put milk at the doors of the fridge. The doors of the fridge have the most inconsistent temperature. Put your milk on the top shelve the coldest part of the fridge (next to the vent)
- Raw Meat – Meat should always be on the bottom shelf of the fridge. The reason why we put the meat on the bottom of the fridge is that if the water or blood drips down, It’ll be on the bottom instead of dripping onto your fruits and vegetables. This will cause cross-contamination and can make you sick.
- Yogurt and cheese- Dairy can be stored on the bottom shelf. This is convenient enough for my kids to grab it themselves.
- Deli meat– I store the deli meat on the bottom shelf with the raw meat. But I separate them into different bins so they won’t contaminate.
- Juices- should be stored on the top shelf next to the milk. If they’re freshly made, make sure to date them so you know when you made them.
- Fruits– I used to wash the berries and have everything cut up, but I found that they don’t last as long and the water causes the berries to mold faster. So now I just put it in the bin and wash it as we go. Apples should be stored in the drawer away from other produce.
- Vegetables– Leafy greens should be stored in a bin or in the drawer with some humidity. I wrap the kale or lettuce in paper towels. Celery will last longer too if you wrap it in foil. Fridge organization ideas are no use if they don’t help you in keeping your veggies fresh.
- Vegetables such as broccoli or asparagus are like flowers. It’ll last longer if you treat them like a bouquet of flowers.
- Carrots and celery that are cut can be submerged in water to make them last longer and prevent them from drying. Make sure to change out the water for 3-4 days.
- Lastly, remember don’t overbuy and just buy what you need. Sometimes it’s easier to go to the grocery store and go crazy and buy whatever you see. Do inventory at home and write down a list of things you need and try to stick to the list. (we’re all guilty of grabbing some yummy cookies.)
- If you decide to get some unhealthy snacks in your fridge organization storage …that’s ok… Just put them somewhere that’s not easily accessible. This will prevent you from eating it all the time. I’m one of those people, I buy it I’ll eat it right away…so I would rather not temp myself.
I’ll have lots of breakfast, lunch, snacks ideas for back to school. Hope you guys enjoy my fridge and pantry organization tips!