A Glance Into Your Pantry/ Fridge

Let’s Get Organized

Refrigerator Organization:

Top Shelf: Fruits and Vegetables that are not put in drawers

Middle Shelf: Butter, Cheese, and Deli Meats

Bottom Shelf: Raw meat, fish, poultry, eggs, milk, and leftovers

Drawers: 1 Drawer Fruits, 1 Drawer Vegetables

Door: Condiments, salad dressing, oils, sauces, and acidic fruit juices

 

Pantry Organization:

Top Shelf: Cookies, candy, chips, snack foods

Eye Level: Always foods (nuts, seeds, oats) and cooking/baking supplies

Bottom: Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes, Onions, and Other Cool, Dry Place Vegetables.

 

Proper Storage Of Fruits & Vegetables

 

Refrigerator: apples, cantaloupe, berries, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, lettuce, radishes, mushrooms, asparagus, beets, Brussels sprouts, cherries, grapes, spinach, celery, green beans, kale, zucchini, summer and yellow squash

 

Countertop: apples, bananas, tomatoes, basil, cucumbers, eggplant, garlic, lemons, limes, mangoes, oranges, peppers, pineapple, pomegranates, watermelon

 

Cool, Dry Place: onions, potatoes, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, winter squash, spaghetti squash, pumpkins

 

Counter/Fridge (ripen on counter, then refrigerate): avocados, nectarines, peaches, kiwi, pears, plums

 

How Long Will My Fruits & Vegetables Stay Fresh?

 

Vegetables

 

USE ASAP (3-5 days): asparagus, basil, kale, onions-cut, spinach, snow peas, cilantro, chives, chard, bok choy

 

USE SOON (5-7 days): artichokes, arugula, bell peppers, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, eggplant, green beans, lettuce/mixed greens, mushrooms, radishes, zucchini & summer squash, winter squash- cut

 

NO RUSH- (2+weeks): green & red cabbage, carrots, celery, sweet potatoes, turnips, beets, ginger, lemons, limes, potatoes, onions, winter squash, parsnips

 

Fruits

 

USE ASAP (2-5 days): strawberries, raspberries, bananas, melons, peaches, pears

 

USE SOON (5-7 days): blueberries, grapes

 

NO RUSH (2+ weeks): apples, citrus fruits

 

Helpful Tips:

 

  • Place apples, oranges, bananas or other fruit in a bowl on the counter. This will remind you that you bought them and they will be easily accessible for a quick snack.
  • Place chips, cookies, crackers, etc in storage containers on the top shelf in your pantry. This will keep them out of eyesight when you first open your pantry and will prevent you from going straight for them when you are starving.
  • Healthier foods go at eye and chest level in the pantry, this way they are easier to grab and attract your attention immediately.
  • Repackage anything bought in bulk into individual servings sizes; this helps you avoid mindless eating
  • In the refrigerator keep the fruits and veggies visible, not tucked behind other food. If it is not visible or easily accessible you won’t eat it and the food will spoil
  • Keep fruits and vegetables separate, in different drawers because ethylene can buildup in the fridge causing spoilage

For additional information or to schedule a Pantry Clean Out contact Jamie at Jamiec@NutriFormance.com