A Peek Inside my Fridge & Some Tips on How to Store Fresh Vegetables

Last week I had the pleasure of revealing the inside of my fridge over at Caroline’s,
The Feminist Housewife.

When Caroline told me about her series I immediately thought, it was a super cool idea – then I actually opened up my fridge and realized it’s cool to look inside other people’s fridges, but mine….not so much.


~Describe your diet in five words or less~
College Dorm Life
Food is not really a great topic around here right now as my son has been diagnosed with eight different food allergies as well as EE {eosinophilic esophagitis} and pretty much does not eat…anything… anymore. So it is just my husband and me and half the time we feel guilty even eating. Before my son was diagnosed I went as far as making monthly meal plans but now it seems like we just snacking our way through the days… at least until we get this thing figured out.


~What food could you not live without?~
I’d have to bend the rules and say my Diet Ice Tea…I know it’s a drink but I could seriously live off it.


~What is the scariest item in your refrigerator?~
Unfortunately our cupboards are pretty bare {if they look full it’s because they were just re-stocked for the new week} so I guess fortunately we don’t have any scaries! There is a bowl of shrimp and a bowl of fresh tuna that could potentially be scary if I don’t remember to buy mayo to make some salads.

On the other hand our son’s special meal replacement formula {Neocate Splash} is pretty scary when you look at the price tag {they can range from $4-$6 a box}


~What food is your guilty (or not so guilty) pleasure?~
Pretty much anything that tastes good. I find myself wanting to blog more about recipes just so I have a reason to make some ‘real food’ – I know, really sad, but true.

My Husband and I tend to get on kicks and we will find something that I throw together that we both love and we will eat that one thing everyday until we get so tired of it – we don’t really even want to see it again. Right now it’s chicken wraps made with deli sliced chicken breast, provolone cheese, lettuce, and chive and onion cream cheese spread on a sun-dried tomato basil tortilla – all wrapped up and so yummy {for now}.


Oh and any kind of homemade bread…We love fresh warm bread {hence the multiple jars of yeast}


And I thought I would add some tips to storing your vegetables to this post {since what’s actually lurking in my fridge is pretty much boring} I admit I never really knew how to store fresh vegetables and was always hesitant to buy them when I first got married as I was throwing most of what I bought away because we didn’t use them quick enough. It wasn’t until I started my monthly meal plans and was looking for ways to prolong my fresh foods that I actually took the time to research and learn…and although it’s a little time consuming, these methods really do work {plus they make it incredibly convenient as most of the prep work will already be done ahead of time}

Cauliflower: Trim the head of cauliflower into florets, rinse, dry and store in a sealed plastic bag.

Broccoli: Trim the broccoli into florets, rinse, dry and store in a sealed plastic bag.

Carrots: Wash the carrots thoroughly with cold running water and place in a container that has a lid. Fill the container with cold water until the carrots are completely covered and store in the produce drawer of the fridge. Change the water every four days or so.

Asparagus: Wrap a wet paper towel around the bottom of the stalks and place into a plastic bag. Keep them store in the produce drawer of the fridge.

Celery: Remove from original packaging and separate the stalks. Trim the ends and wash with cold water. Wrap in a damp paper towel and place in a plastic bag. Store in the produce drawer of the fridge.

Mushrooms: Place loose mushrooms in a paper bag and store in the refrigerator {but not the produce drawers}.


Peppers: Remove from bag or container they were purchased in {to ensure good air circulation} and keep them refrigerated in the produce drawer.

Lettuce: Separate the leaves, rinse with cold water in a colander and lay on a paper towel to dry. Put the leaves in a large closeable plastic bags, seal and store them in the crisper. {I have not done mine yet}

For a Round Head of Lettuce: Take the head of lettuce out of the original packaging. Wrap with a moist paper towel and place in a plastic bag. Keep in the produce drawer of the fridge and check the bag frequently for water accumulation. When using the lettuce peel away the leaves – do not cut them.

Lemons & Limes: Lemons & Limes can last up to six weeks if kept in the fridge vs 7-10 days on the counter. Place them in the produce drawer.

Thanks so much Caroline for putting this together and having me!
You can take a peek into more fridges over at Caroline’s {here}
She is also having a fridge link party at the end of her series if you’d like to share what’s lurking in your own fridge.
~though it’s always fun to take a peek inside someone else’s~

Tomorrow is the Tuesday {Ten} – I’m working on compiling my list now- how about you? Have a wonderful evening ~ Enjoy!

                  

Comments

  1. Great tips! I did not know that about carrots or broccoli.
    I wrap my celery tightly in aluminum foil and it lasts for months. Seriously, months! We also store our green onions by putting them in a glass of water, almost as if they were flowers in a vase. They last a long time too.

  2. Hey Vivienne – love the tip for the onions – I will definitely have to try that. {like spring onions, right?}

    I have heard a lot of people say that about celery and aluminum foil…lasting for months is pretty awesome. I have not tried it because I am paranoid about the aluminum with my little guy…so I use the paper-towels. Months is pretty cool though!

  3. Thank you for these greattips! With summer rolling in, I love using fresh produce! I really enjoy your blog! Great inspiration always!

  4. Great tips! I learned a lot in this post, thank you!

  5. I love seeing inside people’s fridges! Thanks for sharing!!!!

  6. Stephanie — have you found a network of people who understand EoE? I was diagnosed (as an adult) a couple of years ago and happened to find a whole bunch of wonderful, very supportive people. Most of them are raising children with EoE. I am so humbled watching what their children. When i feel awful for a few days I just have to think of how much MORE they go through every day, those little ones! If you want to get connected with some great people let me know! They’re all about reaching out to support eachother!

  7. Sorry, you have no way to get a hold of me! Email me at tillysg1 (at) gmail (dot) com. <3

  8. Thank you so much for these hints! I love fresh produce but find that we just end up throwing a large quantity away because I just never knew how to store them to last longer. I tried different techniques but I am so glad that I am not alone on this. Very helpful thank you!

  9. Hang in there with the food. we’ve only dealt with minor allergies and they seemed so hard. Our good friends little girl had cancer and could never eat except her feeding tube. She found great comfort in the story of Christ’s fasting as only he could understand what her daughter was really experiencing…sorry if that is too religious!

    What is your favorite way to clean exterior of your fridge? We just got stainless and with three little ones fingerprints are winning the war! Thanks!

  10. Thank you for the veggie storing tips. I am never quite sure which should go in bags and which shouldn’t. Recently on Pinterest I saw how someone stored lettuce in wide mouth mason jars using a Foodsaver Jar sealer. I got some jars and oredered a sealer to do it. You can store other veggies in them too.

    I am so sorry about your son. That is so hard. He is lucky to have a wonderful mother like you, though!

  11. So glad to see your post today. I feel the same way about food. We to have EE in the family. Before we knew about EE, I loved to bake and cook. Now, not so much. Infact, I often dread it.

  12. Thanks for the vegetable tips. I’m so sorry about your son’s allergies. I think that I would feel guilty enjoying good food, too. I hope things change for the better.
    I am interested to learn more about EE now.
    ~cheryl

  13. I have just stumbled onto this site and must say Thank you for all of your posts.
    As I sit here and rock our 18 month old who has just been diagnosed with Autism your blog
    has inspired me.

    Steph

        

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