It is a themed Works for Me Wednesday here and I am thrilled about it! Not so much because I feel like I have to greatest information about kitchens but more because I am so excited to read all the other great ideas! However, I feel I should at least give you some things that help my kitchen run smooth (or at least some semblance of smooth!). And how better to do that than with bullet points (oh, I love you bullet points!).
* Reynold’s Freezer Bags. I blogged about this here but I feel like I should say it again. These have revolutionized my freezer. I bought all my meat for the month at one time and I was able to divide all the meat up into each meal. Now I just reach into my freezer and everything is portioned perfectly. I even diced all the chicken needed for meals so I can grab it too…because with three little guys in my house, all the prep work that can be done is a huge help.
* Menu Plan! I think this is a huge step for keeping my kitchen running smoothly. I used to menu at the beginning of every week. This month I actually planned for the entire month! I am excited to see how it works. I keep a little pad with each day listed. On each day, I have breakfast (even if it is cereal), lunches and dinners planned. I can look at it each morning and grab meat from the freezer to thaw during the day. The best part about planning is that I am not worried about what to fix for dinner at 4pm. One of the best sites for this is Organizing Junkie. I always get great ideas from that site on Mondays!
* Keep a couple quick meals. I always try to keep one or two quick meals on hand for the nights that something unexpected comes up. These can vary from month to month but it might be a frozen pizza or a box of beans and rice. It is generally something that takes very little effort but will satisfy all the hungry tummies in our house.
*Cleaning out food areas. I try to clean out my fridge every week (the day before trash pickup), my pantry every other week and my freezer once a month. It seems a little tedious but it is not so bad once you get in a routine. The best thing is that I always know what I have on hand and what I need to purchase. I also never have food that is molded or out of date.
* Keep things in the same place. I am not sure how many times I have ‘lost’ something only to find that I had put it in a different place but I can tell you it has happened often.