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Learn how to properly stock your refrigerator and freezer for plant-based eating. In case you missed my post on Stocking Your Pantry, check it out here.
Making changes to your eating lifestyle can feel difficult in the beginning. Use my guide below to help make your transition a little smoother
The goodies in your fridge will change a bit from week to week, and season to season, but you’ll still want to have certain foods regularly. The key is making everything accessible, and easy to quickly take out what you need and keep it all as fresh as possible!
Also, keep in mind that you don’t have to have 100% of the items listed below. Simply use this as a guide to help your meal preparation and snacking.
Once you get your Fridge and Freezer in shape, you’re in a perfect spot to put together a few HOMEMADE recipes, like bread, cereals, dry waffle or pancake mixes, and even dry muffin mixes. At the END OF THE POST get your 5 “Fancy” Grocery Store Foods You Should Make On Your Own [And How It Can Save You $100 Monthly]. Each recipe I personally love and make every month.
Shelf-Life doesn’t just mean “until it’s not spoiled.” When it comes to fresh produce, Shelf-Life really means “the amount of time that produce has good quality nutritional value”. The longer it sits on a shelf, the more nutrition it loses.
Some fresh produce will be heartier than others. There’s a spectrum of produces that will last in the fridge for only a few days, and some will last for weeks. Honestly, there’s enough info online now that you can look up the info, but I’ve done that for you! 😊 I’ve organized them by Delicate, Heartier, and Heartiest.
Any Leafy Lettuces
Stone Fruit (Peaches, Nectarines, Plums)
Purple & White Garlic
Squash (Spaghetti, Acorn, Butternut)
Excess moisture resting on fresh produce can mean that they go bad quicker. Dry off your veggies before storing them.
Store your veggies UN-Washed until you’re ready to use. Once you rinse them, they will go bad more quickly. So plan to rinse them the day that you prepare your meal or snack.
This is where you have my permission to pre-wash fruit and put it back into the fridge. I like to rinse off a bundle of grapes and store them in a plastic bag so they’re ready to go for snacks. You can do the same with sliced veggies (I would cut enough for a few days, but not for a whole week).
As I mentioned early in the post, once you’ve gotten your Fridge & Freezer in order, it is SO much easier to see what you have and decide what you want to make. Freezer-Friendly foods such as homemade bread, mixes, and even cereals are a perfect way to store several batches so you have a break from making them every single week! For example, I tend to make a double batch of homemade bread and keep one in the freezer. It will save you money just by setting a little time aside on either a Saturday or Sunday (or any day that works best for you).
Below, Download your 5 “Fancy” Grocery Store Foods You Should Make On Your Own [And How It Can Save You $100 Monthly]. Every month I prepare these 5 recipes in my own house. Included with the recipes are the costs to make each one as well.
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