by Katy Bowen, MS, RDN, LD
If you’re stuck at home, looking for something to do, now’s the perfect time to give your kitchen a CHEF-Approved makeover! Cleaning out a cluttered pantry will not only help you stay organized but also more likely to use the ingredients you already have on hand. Stocking up on healthy staples will mean your family is more likely to make nutritious choices.
After a long day, opening the door to a messy pantry doesn’t provide any encouragement to cook a healthy meal.
Preparing a healthy meal starts with an organized pantry, full of healthy ingredients. Being able to see which ingredients you have, can help cut down on food waste. The First In – First Out (FIFO) method is a great way to organize your pantry in order of which food you purchased first. After returning from the grocery store, simply move existing ingredients to the front of the shelf and add your new items to the back of the shelf. This process will help eliminate food from reaching its expiration date, saving you money!
Here are 7 easy steps to organize your pantry:
Are you wondering which foods should go in the pantry instead of the fridge? Check out this helpful guide from the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics: