My husband, David, is a magnificent chef. I, on the other hand, am not a good cook. I made a deal with him about a year ago. I told him I would do all of the outside yard work if he would do all of the cooking. He took me up on it!
I still do the meal planning and grocery shopping. So having an organized refrigerator is important to me. That way I can easily see what we need to replenish. I use an app called AnyList to meal plan and create a grocery list. I will do a video on that soon. I'm not an affiliate for them. I just really like the simplicity of it.
This email is all about my thoughts on a great kitchen fridge. Top to bottom.
Use a spinner (lazy susan) on a shelf for condiments.
Have fruits and vegetables washed and ready for use.
I will typically purchase strawberries and grapes for snacks. I will put them in cold water with apple cider vinegar (1 TBS vinegar to 1 Cup cold water). The vinegar slows down the mold process. Let them soak for just a minute or two. Then lay them out on paper towels to dry. I then put them in a Rubbermaid Fruit Storage Container. It really lasts longer! I was amazed the first time I did this. Here is a link to purchase it on Amazon. I'm not an affiliate. https://amzn.to/2AkKW9g
In this picture I have carrots in the container on the right. I just opened the bag and poured them in. I didn't soak these in vinegar water.
Have a shelf just for left overs.
If you look closely you will see my label on the white part of the shelf. It is labeled "Ready to Eat". I didn't put "Leftovers" on the tag, 'cause 'aint nobody gonna eat it then! 😂
Have a shelf for meats ready to cook."What's that in the bowl?" you ask. Duck. Ready for some good 'ole duck gumbo.
Now we have reached the 3 bottom drawers.
Drawer 1: Cheese
Drawer 2: My foods
I set this drawer aside for my foods when I was following a special diet, and I didn't want my food eaten by teenagers! Ha! I haven't given it up, but now it really just holds my coke zeros, Greek yogurt, and peanut butter protein balls.
Drawer 3: Bread, Grains and Potatoes
My refrigerator door.
Most people say don't put your milk on the door because it is the warmest place in the fridge. Our particular fridge is made to have milk on the door. It has an extra cold panel that accommodates for the higher temperature.
We keep medications as well as David's seasonings he cooks with on the top shelf and jelly on the second shelf.
I have a place for everything, and it is even labeled.😃 However, there are 4 other people living in my house, and well, you know. Like anything, regular maintenance is imperative. That's just real life. Look closely and you'll see jelly on the top shelf and medication with the milk! Ha!
I do try to clean out the fridge on Thursday evenings since garbage runs on Fridays here. On Friday I meal plan and on Saturday I run to the grocery.
Well, that's it for today.
Hey there! I'm Suzanne Lindsey. I'm just a Jesus girl who is having a blast helping people simplify and declutter.