Every time I come home after groceries shopping, the big question arises is now how do I store groceries in the kitchen. Whatever size kitchen you have, storing your groceries in kitchen in always a challenge. As a newbie I had tried and tested various ways of which some came out to be really beneficial. Here in this article I would be sharing with you details on how to store your groceries in your kitchen and basic guidelines and lessons for newbies.
- Breakfast Treat: Cereal, cookies and granola bars make a delicious breakfast treat for all. So store groceries, such as granola bars in baskets. And foods like cereals, marshmallows, cookies, and other items in airtight lidded plastic containers which require tight seal for optimal freshness.
- Storing Spices: To take benefit of the unused wall space in your kitchen, install a wall-mounted spice rack. This rack will house spices jars for you to have them handy while cooking. This display of spices jars will also help you know exactly what spice to be included in your next groceries list.
- Fresh Bread: The traditional bread drawer with a ventilated lid is perfect to keep bread/ loaves fresh and offer a convenient storage spot. But if you don’t have cabinet storage space for a bread drawer, don’t worry a retro-inspired breadbox also works perfectly. This box in your kitchen will keep bread bakery-fresh without using your valuable kitchen cabinet space.
- Bottled Drinks And Pantry Extra Items: Your kitchen if equipped with a modular system, similar to a clothing closet. Shelves in this will be capable to store your groceries like bottled drinks and pantry extras. You can setup a section of this system with a wine rack to store your collection.
- Pasta And Rice: Store your often-used kitchen groceries like rice, pasta, etc. in sealed glass jars and set them on top of your kitchen counter. These jars placed on the counter will look pretty and you can find these essential handy. Moreover, you will get more space in your kitchen cabinets to accommodate less frequently used items.
- Frozen Foods: Managing your groceries including frozen foods to accommodate them strategically in freezer is also important. Freezer plays a vital role in your kitchen so laminate frozen foods paper label and tie it to plastic baskets. Use the same basket for designated food item to avoid digging through peas plastic bags to find an ice cream container.
- Potatoes And Onions Storage: Your Kitchen Island or cart is a multi-use space that can be used for preparing as well as storing things. Use their cart shelves with bins to store items such as potatoes and onions, and jars for dry foods like rice and beans.
- Chips And Bagged Foods: Storing chips and other bagged foods on the sides of a deep drawer will optimally utilize that space. These bags lie neatly tucked inside a drawer, without you worrying about the contents being crushed by other heavier items.
- Condiments: Condiments contain naturally occurring preservatives, which can reside safely and survive the changing temperatures of your refrigerator door. Include a labeling system and organize items by type, and put labels on the outside of the refrigerator door shelf to indicate what is placed where.
- Packed And Non Sealable Bags Foods: At times some groceries original packaging is not beneficial for long-term storage. It is better to remove fragile cardboard boxes and non sealable bags foods from your kitchen and store your food in more efficient containers. Empty those foods into air-tight storage canisters but cut out crucial information such as nutrition information, instructions, etc. from the original packages. Tape this information onto the plastic canisters. Ensure you to note the expiration date of the package and write it immediately on the label.
Basic Guidelines and Lessons
- Have a look at some of the basic guidelines and lessons on storing groceries in your kitchen.
In your refrigerator do not store fruits and vegetables together. Fruits that emit high levels of ethylene i.e. the ripening agent can prematurely ripen or even spoil surrounding vegetables.
- Ensure the plastic bag you store the veggies in contain few holes to allow good air flow in your refrigerator.
- Some fruits like avocados, tomatoes, mangoes, melons, apples, pears, etc. will continue to ripen if left on your kitchen countertop. But fruits such as grapes, all citrus fruits, and berries will get deteriorate in kitchen and should be refrigerated.
- Always prioritize what to buy, so that your kitchen doesn’t become unnecessarily crowded with excess groceries.
- Storing extras groceries in a lower-traffic space and keeping your groceries shopping list on your kitchen door is a smart act. You can right away add the item you are running short off immediately on the list here.
- Use a vertical storage to accommodate more items if you have a small kitchen. You can store kitchen appliances in a large basket placed on cabinet.
Now that you are aware of the storing groceries tips in your kitchen follow these smart guidelines and lessons to utilize maximum space of your kitchen.