Every Tuesday I will post a tidbit from my home … a small sampling of something I did in my home to help me get organized. Visit back each Tuesday to see another tidbit.
This is a basket in my pantry. I don’t have a name for it, but it has a very functional use in my weekly menu planning and grocery shopping. Each weekend I get out my calendar and my recipe binder and I make my menu for the week (just dinners). My menu is based upon our schedule for the week, for example, my 10 year old daughter, L. had horse riding lessons on Wednesday evenings and we do not get home until 6:15…this is usually a night that I will cook something in the crockpot so that when we get home, dinner is ready and waiting (boy do I love my crockpot!).
My menu is also based upon what I have in my pantry, freezer and what is on sale for the week. Once I have my menu, I make my shopping list. As I make my list, I look to see if I already have the ingredient, whether it be chicken breasts, diced tomatoes or sour cream, this will eliminate buying duplicates. If I already have the pantry ingredient, I put it in this basket (essentially shopping from my pantry). When my shopping is finished, any pantry ingredient I bought for the week’s menu, I place in the basket.
When it is time to get pantry ingredients together for dinner, I gather from this basket first. Having this basket ensures that I have the ingredients I need, I don’t waste money by buying duplicates and I will not use (or loan to my neighbors) something that I need for later in the week.
Consider finding a basket (or any container) and placing it in your pantry, food shelf, or whatever works for you. See if this makes your menu planning, shopping list writing, and food prep just a little bit easier.