Food Storage After Bulk Shopping

Once I get home from shopping in bulk, I transfer produce from the mesh bags and bulk items from the cloth bags, into the containers I will store them in at home. Here is a sneak peek into how I do that.

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Tips For Transferring Items Once Home:

  • I reuse glass jars for things like the nutritional yeast, brazil nuts and many other items. By labeling the jar, it allows me to do a quick inventory prior to shopping.
  • I LOVE my IKEA jars that fit perfectly into my kitchen drawers while allowing me to see what’s inside.
  • Debbie Meyer Green Bags do help keep produce longer. They cost more, but can be used 8-10 times and if they reduce food waste they are worth it to me. But, not everything should go in a bag! See below.
  • It’s important to know which items are best stored at room temperature or in the refrigerator and which need to be bagged for a longer life. Here is a great reference for that.

 

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Salad I made with items from my CSA this week

 Fresh Berry Salad

  • 1 head of red leaf lettuce (tear into bite-size pieces)
  • 3 green onions (chopped)
  • 1 handful of almonds (chopped)
  • 1 pint of fresh strawberries (de-stem and cut in half)
  • Fresh ground black pepper to taste
  • Top with a pansy then bring to the table, add dressing below, toss and enjoy!

Simple Dressing

  • 3 tablespoons flax oil
  • 3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Mix all above items in a small jar, shake, then use.

How To Care For Bulk Bags and Grocery Bags:

I can throw all of these bags in the laundry to get them clean. I then put them back in the trunk of my car, so I have them for my next trip to the food co-op.


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2 Comments

  1. Florida Life Minimalist says:

    Thank you for this post! I’ve been looking for those green bags with no luck! I had found them at a local store, but they no longer carry them and haven’t found them anywhere since. They really do prolong the freshness of produce! I love the glass jars you use also. Although I have avoided Ikea so far (never been), I may order online.

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