2.29.2016

Glass Containers in the Kitchen

Today I'd like to share a few of my favorite organizations ideas for the kitchen. 


A few years ago I started buying glass containers for my fridge and pantry. I found that my pantry items would get a strange smell from some of the plastic storage containers and I feared it seeping into my food also.

This is a picture of the drawer I store my fridge containers in:


These are readily available at Marshall's, Home Goods and TJ Maxx. Pricing is very reasonable, and starts at three or four dollars and up.

When I do my weekly grocery shopping, I try to clean out the fridge before I go. This is a great time to get rid of things that may have expired and wipe your fridge down. Wash your empty containers so they are clean and ready when you bring your groceries in.

Once I bring my groceries in and put away my pantry staples, dairy and etc., I wash my fruits and veggies, cut, chop or dice them up, and put them into my glass containers. This makes my week go so much more smoothly in so many ways! Not only is meal prep easier, a quick salad for lunch takes seconds, a quick stir fry or fresh fruit for your yogurt or oatmeal is all ready for you! Dinner time prep is also greatly reduced. Everything is ready and clean for your side salad or casseroles. And it's easier for everyone to grab healthy snacks throughout the week. If we have leftover meat during the week, I put it in a small container for a fast taco salad at lunch or salad with chicken or what have you. I do feel the shelf life of my fresh produce extends in the glass containers which is an extra bonus.



As you see in the picture, I keep any fresh meats in a glass pan of some sort as well. This way you don't have it leaking or dripping in your fridge, causing food borne bacteria. It's also best to store meat on lower shelves for this reason.


I like  to have fresh citrus in a bowl for easy access for snacking or for my water.

I hope these hints will make your week a little easier. It may take extra time on grocery day to get it done, but it will be totally worth it the rest of the week!

Blessings from Kim ~ "With Jesus in her heart and coffee in her cup."






"Hi! I'm Kim ~ Blessed wife of Eric, mom of four and Nonnie to a sweet little grand daughter with another expected in January!  I'm a coffee enthusiast, baker, organizer and DIYer. My home style tends to lean towards traditional but, I must say, I can be a bit eclectic. Anything that makes me smile. Surround yourself with your favorite things and be sure you use the good dishes! Always look for extraordinary in what may seem ordinary. ~ Blessings to you and yours!" 

7 comments:

  1. Hi Kim! I also feel so much better about using glass to store food in. I started purchasing them a few at a time to build up my collection. I cut up my fruits and veggies too and store them on the lowest shelf (not in the drawers). I find my teens eat healthy food more often if they see it and it's easy to grab. I hadn't thought to keep my meat in a glass dish-I have a separate fridge in the garage for things like that but you're right-I should put glass underneath it. Great tip!

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    1. I experienced a few too many meat cleanups over the years before I finally started placing it in the glass containers! Yucky!
      I also have a spare fridge in my garage. I bring enough meat for the next day or so to my kitchen and usually leave the rest in the garage. I also store all of my overstock items and our fresh eggs. We have hens, so generally have lots of eggs, so thankful to have the spare fridge space. Thanks for your comments!

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  2. This is so lovely. Yes I collect glass too and some even more decorative containers to store foods in. You are so right, foods store, last better and stay fresher in glass. Lovely post! Your pics are inspiring to make my fridge even better, thank you.

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  3. Thank you! I agree, glass is just the best! I often use pretty cut glass pieces that were handed down to me. Too pretty to just sit in the china cabinet :) Thank you for your comments.

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  4. I don't see left overs. How do you store these?

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    1. I store them in the same containers or sometimes canning jars. Now that we have only one teenager left at home, I've been trying hard to learn to cook without leftovers. I'm use to cooking huge quantities! Most of the time it's just my husband and I eating nowadays :)

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  5. Thank you! That is the most difficult part of cooking. How much or how little! Thank you for answering.

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