Want to peak inside my box?
Seriously! This is one of my best practical food storage tips ever! It’s a healthier choice too because I’m using a stainless steel box with a lid, not plastic. Plastic leaches a ton of horrible chemicals into our food. Get away from it as much as you can.
Like you, I am too darn busy to to make healthy eating complicated. Good quality food is expensive and I don’t want to waste any of it by losing it to the black hole that has become my produce drawer.
For several years now this is one of the big tricks I have used to keep it simple. I keep two stainless steel boxes with lids in my fridge. One contains strictly smoothie fixing (see above photo). That way when I reach into the fridge in the morning to make a smoothie, everything I need is ready to go. I can also add to it when I come home from the market. Because I have a Vitamix and that damn thing will pulverize anything into a creamy liquid, I frequently add more veggies to my green smoothies, especially small bits and pieces of produce I haven’t used in other places.
I also keep a second box for random small stuff that I have leftover from cooking and prep projects. Half an avocado, a handful of radishes, a few small cukes, maybe a broccoli crown, 1/2 a box of opened mushrooms, an open unfinished box of berries, an unwrapped package of celery or carrots, fresh herbs, etc. You get the idea, right. Instead of putting each one of these items into a separate plastic bag and dropping it into the produce drawer or putting it in a small container on a shelf (only to get lost in the back) I simply dump random pieces into this second box and then every time I cook anything, I pull the box out and integrate these leftover bits and pieces into the meal I’m currently working on. The benefit:
1. I’m actually eating more fresh fruits and veggies.
2. Nothing gets wasted. No more bags pulled from the produce draw filled with black, mushy and moldy goo.
3. Speed. This keeps it all in one easy to use space. Pull it out and run with it.
You ask, “Well that’s great, Jodi, but what should I do with all that empty space in my produce drawers? ”
How about these ideas?
1. Cold drinks – any canned or bottled beverages you can stack into the drawer.
2. Bulkier produce items you used to put on shelves (cabbage, broccoli, bok choy).
3. Items that will last for longer periods of time in the cold…potatoes, apples and citrus.
When you get rolling with this concept, let us know how you re-purpose your fridge drawers.