Organize Your Kitchen for Healthier Eating
Task: Remove expired food from frig and pantry
Eccl 3:1-6 "There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven… a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away."
Did you resolve to eat healthier in 2019? Here are 8 tips to ensure that your refrigerator and pantry are set up to support your healthy lifestyle goals.
Empty the contents of your fridge into categories-cheese, condiments, drinks, meat, fruits, vegetables, ‘other’ (ex. leftovers). Discard items past expiration date or appeal.
Sort remaining items into new categories - examples could include by types of food, by person, by dietary needs. There is no one ‘right’ way to organize your food. Adjust shelving to make the best use of your refrigerator space.
Load food back in, using baskets or pull-out containers for items that can be lost in the back. Make sure that foods that support your goals are the most accessible.
Similarly, with the refrigerator, empty your pantry completely of all contents and sort into broad categories – cereal, canned goods, baking supplies, etc.
Discard items past expiration. Donate anything you can to a food bank (most places will take food within one month of expiration date).
Restock your pantry in categories that make sense to you! Don’t be afraid to experiment.
Use shelf baskets to group items as well as collect smaller items that can get lost in the dark recesses of pantry cabinets. Label all shelves and containers.
Set a regular time weekly to clean out your fridge and pantry, such as before you make your weekly menu plan and go food shopping. Keep your shopping list nearby to note items that are low or out.
Congratulations! By prioritizing and organizing your refrigerator and pantry, you have created a kitchen that works for you and your new health goals.
Submitted by: Angela Cody, Major Organizers