Having a fridge well-stocked with healthy eats, fresh produce & homemade food is great, but it’s even more important to keep it clean so that all the goods stay fresh!
Here are some of the things we do post-groceries to make sure that our food stays fresh to death & our fridge squeaky clean!
- We always clean out the fridge before putting any new stuff in. We go through the drawers, produce, etc. to make sure leftovers are still fresh, check expiry dates & wipe down shelves, doors & drawers. If any produce is going bad, we take it out & find a way to use it pronto! Y’all know I’m all about food not going to waste, so I practice what I preach!
- We wash herbs, romaine, grapes, celery, radish, etc. Form a practical point of view, this saves a lot of time because they’re ready when we want to use them & for snacking & it also keeps them fresh. We soak all our produce in water & apple cider vinegar, dry them using paper towels & store them in sealed bags. We also wrap herbs in damp paper towels before putting them in bags.
- We dedicate a shelf to all meal-prepped food so it’s easily accessible & organized. Having the prepped food in one place makes it easier to come up with bowl/salad/meal ideas.
- We dedicate a shelf to all jarred food (kimchi, pasta sauce, applesauce, sauerkraut, Greek yogurt, homemade nut milk, hummus, apple butter, cottage cheese, jam, nut butters).
- We store all bars, nuts, dried fruit & vegan cheese spreads in the “dairy” drawer.
- We organize the doors by category, i.e. supplements (aloe, chlorophyll, marine phytoplankton, bee pollen, royal jelly, B12 spray, etc.), mustards/sauces/seasonings/marinades, nut milks, kombucha + other beverages.
- We set the freezer to 0 degrees & the fridge to 37F.
- Anything that wilts goes in the “high humidity” drawer (herbs/green onion) + avocado & lemon & all fruit goes in the low humidity drawer to keep it from rotting.
- We make sure not to stuff anything so far back that it gets in the way of the refrigerator’s ventilation system to prevent anything from freezing &/or going bad.
This process takes about an hour but it’s well worth it in the long run because everything stays fresh & we’re all set for the rest of the week!
I hope these tips were helpful! Let me know if you have any other good ones that work for you! I love learning from you guys :)) xxx!