Tools to ensure success and foster accountability
A few simple organizational tools can help you to incorporate food storage into your daily meals.
Use a recipe binder for food storage dinners
Organize in one place your meals to be eaten on a regular basis.
Make a planner list of everyday meals
Write down all 30 “everyday meals” you’ve chosen for your family and place a check mark next to each one as you prepare and serve it. This keeps you on track, even when taking periodic breaks for leftovers, dollar menus, the occasional restaurant, and cold cereal dinners.
Organize your kitchen cupboards by recipe
Store all the ingredients for each individual recipe together on the kitchen shelf.
When I organized my canned goods this way, I thought I was “idiot proofing” my kitchen, or possibly turning into some kind of food storage freak…but then Better Homes and Gardens published an article in the April 2008 issue on “Getting Organized.” “The put-together pantry: make meal prep a breeze” depicts wire bins neatly labeled with the main dish names and filled with the canned ingredients for each recipe.