Menu Planning Tutorial Part 7: Food Storage

Food Storage

All your hard work can go up in smoke if you don’t store the foods you buy correctly.

In the pantry/cupboard, put your newer items behind any you already have of the same item. Use the older foods first. This is vitally important, especially to foods with a short shelf life such as fruits, vegetables, breads and meats.

Wash and chop vegetables when you get home from the store. If your veggies are in the fridge and ready to use, you’ll be more likely to use them. Proper storage will also keep them fresher for a longer period of time.

Freeze whatever you aren’t going to cook in the next 2 – 3 days. If you purchased anything in bulk, such as ground beef, separate it into the amounts you will need for recipes (typically 1lb) and freeze right away.

Here is a link to a government site that provides safe food storage and handling information:

Tomorrow is the final installment of the Menu Planning Tutorial. I’ll go share with you how I meal plan, make my list, shop and store – step-by-step.

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  1. I am giving you the Versatile Blog Award, I am loving the tips. I am always up for finding new and better ways to do things.

  2. Hi Cara,
    Cutting up the meat before freezing it is a great tip- especially because it makes it easier to fit more things in the freezer. It also saves more time on the day that we’re preparing the meat. Organizing our grocery takes time in the beginning but ultimately saves us time and money. Great tips.
    All the best,

  3. You have an amazing suggestion! I will always keep this in mind.. It is all a great tip especially using the older foods first to avoid spoiling..

  4. The storage tips for meat is very handy when you’re storing up a week long supply of meat for the family. Thanks!

  5. I guess these days we have to be very innovative with our foods knowing the economy. This is really for everyone, a blog that has to be read mostly by moms.

  6. Stephan Hilson says:

    It is definitely convenient for people on to go to store their food in the food storage. I remember that it is also convenient to carry foods like lunch or snack in the office or school. Plastic storage is also convenient for left-over food or when I marinating something overnight. Maybe I should check out the nutrition government website to know details on providing safe food storage and handling information.

  7. Proper storing of foods in the fridge really helps a lot, specially you consume less space in the fridge.

  8. Looking forward to the Menu Planning Tutorial.. Hope for the best on your blog!

  9. we bought a vacuum sealer last year na how great they are to store and bunch of food.

  10. Awesome tips it’s very helpful, looking forward for more useful tips from your post.

  11. Tupperwares are your best friends when it comes to food storage. Believe me!

  12. I always arrange the food in my storage in a way that I would know which of them I purchased first and those with the shorter lifespan. I hate waste and I like it that you provided tips so I can improve how I store my food.

  13. Rodrigo Valenzuela says:

    All your tips on storing foods are good. I prefer to cook anything using fresh ingredients. Freeze drying is a new concept for me. Can you tell me that does the food that is freeze dried provide the same amount of nutrition it would have given if it was fresh?

  14. I totally agree with what is mentioned in this post. I always use the food which has already been frozen long back to avoid wastage of time. Thank you for teaching the importance of packaging food through this post!

  15. Thank you for your valuable tip on food storage. The storage of food is most essential, because the proper storage of the food will keep the food fresh for a long period. The healthy food helps you maintain good health.

  16. This tips are definitely a huge help for me, The proper storage of foods from fridge? Gladly I saw your post. Thanks for the tip!

  17. I have to say that I believe that correct storing of meals is extremely important these days. Especially there are alot of information about food poisoning. Surely, you do not want your family members to be the subsequent victim

  18. sandraw2580 says:

    I love the whole planning blog you’ve written! I’d say it’s a really great thing to follow! Thank you so much for sharing these awesome guides to us! Keep up the good work!

  19. Megan Sears says:

    I don’t really like to buy in bulk because it gets really heavy sometimes. I don’t mind not saving that much. The difference is negligible. What’s going to be your next recipe? I’m quite excited about it.

    Thanks for the post!

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