Norwalk, Conn. (PRWEB) August 1, 2008
Storing a large supply of items that are most commonly consumed means fewer last-minute runs to the grocery store. With rising gas prices, even short driving trips can put a dent in the family's bottom line. By organizing the pantry and becoming more aware of what's most often consumed, unnecessary (and costly) driving can be avoided. Additionally, knowing what food items are on hand, may allow for more leisurely meal preparation.
Diet and personal tastes vary, so begin by making a list of a dozen or so items that disappear quickly at home. Depending on whether the family includes health nuts, meat-and-potatoes lovers or something in between, the list may look like this:
- Peanut butter
- Staple fruits, like bananas, apples and oranges
- Staple vegetables, like carrots, potatoes, salad greens, onions and tomatoes
- Cooking oils, like olive oil and canola oil
- Snacks, like nuts, pretzels or chips
Some of the foods listed above may need to be replenished more frequently than others. Becoming aware of the family's "dirty dozen" and stocking up when the timing's right will provide greater flexibility in menu planning -- without having to make repeated runs to the store or ordering take-out.
For the super-organized, type up the final version, and then make multiple copies. Each week, attach a copy to the front of the fridge, and simply circle those items that need replenishing, suggests AtHomeRewards. Here are a few suggestions for how to best stay organized:
-- Make a list. It may be helpful to expand the list and organize items by category, such as "spices," "condiments," "refrigerator items," "freezer items" and "fresh."
-- Maximize savings. Register to receive the grocery store's weekly online sales circular so as to plan ahead and take advantage of advertised sales, which tend to occur at regular intervals for certain items. Save coupons for use during an advertised special to double the savings. And buy in bulk when the price is right.
-- Prolong the life of groceries. Pay attention to "sell-by" and "use-by" dates. Select items that are marked with longer expiration dates whenever possible.
-- Keep things as cool as the other side of the pillow. Most food items, even those not requiring refrigeration, do best in a cool, dry place. Extreme high temperatures can shorten the lifespan and lessen the nutritional quality.
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