Women always get the blame for being shopaholics, but little do they realise we have the responsibility to clothe and feed the family. That calls for continues shopping, and is a good excuse, but we do our best.
Planning lists of products you will need will saves time and makes it easy, my dear. Selecting your menus in advance and doing your grocery shopping weekly will make life so much easier. This is the sign of a well-organised household and will help you stick to your budget.
Nothing is better than the smell of food cooking with a promise to a good home-cooked meal. You might need more than just a pot and a pan my dear, and soon the heavenly smells will come from your kitchen.
I would love to see you with an apron preparing a meal for us while we sip a glass of wine. Yes an apron love, because very easy can an unexpected splatter of oil ruin your new top.
Let’s get started it is time for menu planning and grocery shopping! It seems planning is key to a happy productive life, from planning your future, cleaning your house and planning your meals.
Menu Planning for an Organised Kitchen
Write down your favourite meals, healthy or not. Have four sheets of paper and mark them WEEK 1, WEEK 2, WEEK 3, WEEK 4. This will be your menus for the month.
Divide the week into seven days and each day into breakfast, lunch and dinner. Add your favourite meals equally onto the sheets and add healthy options in between.
Make it easy and use quick meals during the working week and exotic dishes over the weekend. One night you will have Take-A-Ways decide which night and fill it in, this way it stays a special treat too.
Do a separate shopping list for each menu of the week. At the back of each menu, paste an envelope where the shopping list goes. Do it for every week on a list and paste to the fridge with a magnet.
Add current menu to the door of your fridge with magnets. Store the other three weekly menus on the side of your fridge with magnets and change every week as needed.
To save time it is wise investing in a multi-purpose pressure cooker and a slow cooker all in one. It makes for quick and easy meals. Plan your menu accordingly.
If you buy weekly, the food is fresh and you save on fuel and money.
Remember to take your shopping list from the envelope.
Have a food cooler container with an ice brick packs inside to keep the perishables fresh while you are in town. Make sure to buy fruit and vegetables, your body needs it to stay healthy. The health Gurus say you need seven portions of fruit and veggies a day, see how far you can get my love.
Plastic bags from previous shopping trips and stronger shopping bags of material is handy if kept in the car. Keep the bags in a place where you can see them and remember to take them with you.
It is good if you have a crate on wheels or a small fold-away shopping cart in the boot of your car to carry all the parcels inside.
Make a mental note when the grocery shop gets fresh stock, normally it will be before the weekend, maybe on a Thursday. If possible, it is best to go shopping when the perishables are fresh.
Walk down the aisles with a mission, do not ponder or look around. Know what you need from your list, go and get it.
Earmark a day when you have the time to browse the shelves for interesting new goodies. Usually the day you go ‘photoshopping’ with a friend. Take photos of the goods you like and select at home for the next time shopping.
Select the best value for your money, a bottle of oil or milk that is fuller than the next. Check everything you buy to be in a perfect condition, no dents in tins or damaged items. Be aware of GMO foods.
When buying eggs turn the container over to have a look at the bottom, there might be a cracked egg hiding inside.
Check all due dates and make sure to buy goods within the set date.
Learn to turn the container around and read at the back the list of ingredients. You might be allergic to some ingredients or it might not be good for your health.
Unpacking and Organizing the Kitchen
First thing, put back the shopping list where it belongs and keep the receipt in a marked box. Keep them for a month to see what the budget will be on basic foods.
Pour a cold beverage and do the unpacking immediately. Each item in its place in the cupboards or fridge.
Keep food on the shelf that needs to be portioned and prepared.
Meat first. Divide the meat into portions, wrap and put immediately into the deep freeze.
Tie the empty plastic shopping bags in a knot and put it back in the car to use the next time.
When buying fresh warm bread in a paper bag to cool off. Add a plastic bag next to it in the paper bag to keep it fresh at home when cool.
Keep the paper bag to use with the fresh vegetables. Plastic bags of the bread can be used to keep portioned food in the deep freeze or veggies in the fridge. Only pay for plastic bags when you really need them,
Empty egg containers can be saved to put at the bottom of the veggie drawers in the fridge and shelf. Fruit and veggies keep longer good when not touching each other. The flat surface and wet bottom of the drawer contribute to damage, it keeps the air flowing around vegetables.
Grocery Shopping and Storing
Storing of Fruit and Veggies.
Tomatoes. Take them out the plastic bag and lay loose in the drawer on the empty egg container. Never wash the fruit or vegetables when you store it. Rinse just before use.
Lettuce. Take it carefully out the plastic bag and keep the bag. Put the lettuce in the paper bag you kept from the bread. Back into the plastic bag before adding to the drawer in the fridge. The paper bag absorbs all the moist and therefore, keeps it from rotting, the plastic bag keeps it crisp and fresh.
Carrots. First of all, cut the stems with a sharp knife and peel the carrots with a potato peeler. Put into another paper bag from the bread, then in a plastic bag into the fridge. Wrapping it in aluminium foil helps to keep it fresh too. When you need carrots for salad or cooking it is ready and such a pleasure to use.
Make sure to punch a few holes in the plastic bags of all other fruit and veggies in the fridge, for the reason, to prevent it from rotting, it needs a bit of breathing space.
Potatoes. Potato needs a dark airy space to keep good. Use the empty egg containers in a veggie shelf add the potatoes and cover with a newspaper. Air should flow around them in darkness. Never store potatoes in the fridge.
Onions. Onions are the most forgiving vegetable, only thing is it needs air around it too, never in a closed container.
Menu planning and grocery shopping lists make for easy shopping once a week, it will make life well organised and so much easier in a busy schedule. Now you really are becoming the domestic Queen of your house my dear.
Get cooking and enjoy the fruits from the earth with menu planning and grocery shopping