Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Organizing Food

Something I have been meaning to work on for a while is getting more organized in the kitchen. I don't mean where my silverware go, or which cabinet I put the cups in. I mean meals, food in the fridge, food in the pantry, knowing what is there and when it needs to be eaten by, as well as meal planning and pre-making meals


A couple weeks ago Mr. Eight started eating healthier, and part of that entailed pre-making his lunches and dinners for the week. The fridge is full of little Ziplock containers! It worked really well for him though, having a portioned meal ready to go, and no excuse not to eat it


I decided this week I would try the same thing with myself and the kids. We went to the commissary on Monday and bought a half cart full of just fruits and veggies. I brought it home and proceeded to chop up and slice everything I could. I separated grapes and carrots into little baggies, as well as steamed and roasted a lot of the veggies I bought. 


I made enough egg salad avocado sandwich mix (a recipe I'll be sharing soon) for two days of lunches, and even made a tropical smoothie, enough for 2 or 3 servings. I hard boiled eggs for breakfast, and chopped up celery too!





The next step was to ensure that I knew what was in the fridge and what needed to be eaten. We're really really REALLY bad about buying food and letting it spoil in the fridge. I hate taking out vegetables or meat only to find something underneath it I had forgotten about and had let go bad. 



To help me organize the food I was buying I wrote down all the meat, as well as sell by dates, and all the vegetables on a dry erase board in the kitchen. If I put meat in the freezer I plan on writing it down here as well. No more needing to dig through the fridge or freezer before I go to the store! As we eat it I erase it off the board. Easy! 


This has really helped me stay organized! If you have the same problems I have then give it a try and let me know!

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