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Follow along in the weekly cleaning series where I give you a task along with steps on how to clean an area/item in your home.  Most of these tasks will be easy, from light switches to toys, towels to stinky shoes, cleaning many of the forgotten areas or things in your home.  View previous cleaning tasks here. Set yourself up […]

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  • Dare we say that the humble knife block is probably the most neglected thing in the house in the cleaning regime? And they get oh-so grubby and greasy. :/ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      very greasy!ReplyCancel

This is a guest post by Louise D’Allura of Meal Planning Your Way Are you struggling to meal plan and get healthy food on the table? Too often we find barriers that stop us from putting our meal plans into action, and reaching for takeaway. Like most of us it will be because you’re too tired […]

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Cook dinners for the freezer to help you save time on those busy nights and money when cuts of meat are on special. Try these meal ideas for the freezer like bolognese, pies, bakes, soups & more.

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  • Kaycee

    Great list Kat. :)
    One thing I find myself doing alot at this time of the year is doing a big beef casserole in the slow cooker for dinner then putting the leftovers into pies (with a bit of bacon and cheese added)and freezing them for quick easy meals. I also do this with other leftovers (chicken, gravy and veg; roast meat, gravy & veg; casseroles; mince with added bacon and cheese; salmon/chicken mornay; etc) I do have a pie maker (or 3) so it makes it quick and easy to do – and also fills the freezer with things I know my family will eat! :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Great idea Kaycee, my son gave me a pie maker for Mothers Day so I will definatley use this tip. I love Tuna Mornay and would love to see your Chicken mornay recipe, do you mind sharing :)ReplyCancel

  • We’re huge fans of the freezer. I work really long days and don’t have time to cook when I get home so our freezer is full of curries, meat pies, cottage pies and bolognaise and chilli. I love your list because now I can add a few more things to my repetoire!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      we had the cottage pie with sweet potato last night, was so delicious!ReplyCancel

  • Karina

    Thank you so much for these freezer ideas – my days with little kids and a baby are hectic so this takes away some time spent on trying to think of healthy dinner ideas!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      happy to help Karina, bolognese and rissoles are always a great start!ReplyCancel

  • Julia K

    I freeze muffins and unbaked cookies also.

    A tip for freezing meals is to freeze leftovers – even if there is only a single serve. These are great for lunches – or – every now and then we’ll have “freezer finds” for dinner which means that each person may be actually eating a different meal as I am using up all the single serves from my freezer.

    My DH is working away from home at the moment. The other night I made a large Butter Chicken as my grown up DS and his partner were here for dinner (the younger kids had chicken strips as the Butter Chicken was too spicy for them)- I froze the remaining Butter Chicken & Rice into 4 X Single Serves. When I’m on my own with the little ones and crave something spicy – I will prepare nuggets and veggies for the little kids and I’ll enjoy my spicy butter chicken.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Love your way of planning, Julia! You sound very similar to me!ReplyCancel

  • Jenni

    I always make double batches of muffins or banana cake and frreze half ( I slice the banana cake and butter each slice first and put in packs of 2 slices) , also freeze cooked pinwheels (potato and pizza). this makes linches easy. I also make a double batch of bacon and vegie slice, one big dish and the rest in ramekins which are great for work lunches. Premade Meatballs and rissoles are in freezer also. Makes life much easier. Pumpkin soup and pea and ham soup also.ReplyCancel

  • Barb

    What are rissoles? I’m from Canada and have never heard of them…ReplyCancel

    • SusieV

      They’re like a meat pattie (for a burger), except we eat ‘rissoles’ without the burger and perhaps with gravy, mash and veg – a very old fashioned, but much-loved meal here in Oz! You can, of course, use it as a burger pattie, also!ReplyCancel

  • Carissa

    Perfect timing! I have just done another big kitchen day today. Triple batch of Lentil Bolognese, 2 big vege lasagnes, bag each of chicken, lamb and pork in marinade, 3 bags of cheese rolls, lots of fritters, and a swag of smoothie bags. Have mince and vege mince cooking right now for tacos tonight and enough left over for 2 more meals.
    My favourite is the smoothie bags. Spinach, banana, berries and various bits of fruit into sandwich bags – makes much better smoothies from frozen.

    Will be adding some of these recipes to my list for next time.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh lentil bolognese that sounds delicious! I have never heard of it before!ReplyCancel

  • This list is brilliant!
    Love, love, love it. Inspired much!!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Awe thanks Dannielle.:)ReplyCancel

  • These are so handy thank you. I’m going to try the lemon chicken rissoles this week. You have inspired me to sort out my freezer as I have no space at the moment but I do have a lot of bolognaise in it!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Awe happy to help, Vicki.:) I must admit the lemon rissoles were super tasty!ReplyCancel

  • Grace

    I like to make double batches of things like turkey tetrazzini, sausage & rice casserole, stuffed pepper cups, and tallerini and freeze in meal-sized portions. I also like to brown ground beef with onions and peppers and freeze in recipe-sized portions for a quick start on things like Sloppy Joes, spaghetti, and other favorites. Since I have fibromyalgia, it is easier for me to make smaller batches of things when I am feeling well and then just pull something from the freezer during times when I am in a great deal of pain.ReplyCancel

  • Great list. I must get better at cooking and freezing meals. It would certainly make my life easier at times. My kids love meat balls which is so easy.ReplyCancel

  • Shannon

    I often make two sandwich loaves of sandwiches on Sunday afternoon. I keep them seperate by a square of paper between one sandwich and the next then stack them back in the bread bag to freeze. We either toast them up in a panini press, or grab and go for instant lunches.
    Loving your ideas! Going to make the lemon rissoles tonight!ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Wow what a great idea Shannon! Ooh i hope you love the lemon rissoles, we sure did.:)ReplyCancel

A few strategies for packing the kids a healthy lunchbox, it shouldn’t take too much time and effort. Plus ideas to create variety in allergy friendly lunch boxes.

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  • Jac

    Those chicken and corn frittata’s look good, my kids don’t have allergies, but I think they really enjoy these.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      They are so good, Jac! We all love them.:)ReplyCancel

  • These look so good, I’d like them in my lunchbox!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Haha super delicious, Nicole.:) Yummy with a side salad too xReplyCancel

  • San

    Do the rice crackers/grain squares become soggy when placed in the fridge?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      San, they shouldn’t but maybe try first to see.:)ReplyCancel

  • Katherine

    Can I please ask where you got the bento lunch box from. Also is it dishwasher safe and BPA free? I have been looking for these for my kids for ages!
    I love your lunch ideas. Actually I love your whole website. I have been an avid follower for years :) ThanksReplyCancel

These tips to make grocery shopping easier will to help reduce the time you spend at the grocery store, cut the cost and eliminate shopping frustration.

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  • Tab

    I like to organise my list into sections, with all meat together, veggies together etc, because I tend to forget things. I also NEVER shop on an empty stomach, it cuts down on impulse buys.
    And, if your supermarket has one, check out the clearance racks first. You can pick up awesome bargains of food that might be short dated or has damaged packaging.ReplyCancel

  • Leanne

    I use all these tips when I physically go to the supermarket, but I prefer to shop online, from the comfort of my own home. No need to take the kids who end up nagging you to buy extras that add $50 to your bill! I can do it at anytime and enjoy a little glass of wine at the same time.ReplyCancel

  • For me the biggest difference occurred when I started to menu plan. I now know exactly what I need to buy to cook all of our meals for the week. If it’s not on the shopping list, it doesn’t go into the trolley. http://www.lifewrangling.comReplyCancel

A list of meal ideas to give a new mum. Including freezer friendly recipes to help her at witching hour when she doesn’t feel like cooking.

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  • Annette Higgins

    I recently sent some Gourmet meals to a mother of a very young baby. They do free delivery over a certain price.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      that is such a lovely gift idea Annette, I am sure she would have really appreciated itReplyCancel

  • Such a great selection of ideas here Kat. I love the sandwich idea. I hope you don’t mind me sharing, but I have a post on this with links to all the freezer meals I love to make xReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      thanks for sharing Erin, the soups look delcious and a great meal for a busy mum!ReplyCancel

  • Frances Birks

    I have a 4yr old, a 2yr old and a 5week old. This post couldn’t have come at a better time. I am going to give some of these a go (or ask my husband to) so that we have some backups for when we don’t have the energy or forward planning to cook ???? thank you!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Frances I feel exhausted just reading the ages of your kids, I know how you feel, I had 3 under 2! There are two ways to fill your freezer, take a few hours out to do a huge cook up, or when you are preparing dinner make a double batch so you can eat half for dinner and freeze the rest. This may be the best option if you are time poor.ReplyCancel

  • Nicola

    Oh Wow Kat, I love this idea. My mum is actually whipping up a storm right now for my “little” brother and his partner as her Christmas present to them was a homemade voucher for a bunch of her own made TV dinners for their freezer. As they live in Melbourne and she is in Brisbane, she’s not had a chance to fill out the voucher order until now. She gave me a voucher that she’d done up on the pc (massive effort considering my mum and her pc skills…) and I had 4 days of cleaning and decluttering as my Christmas present. Best pressies ever! Gotta love mums! xReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh my goodness what an awesome gift, you mum giving a voucher and offering help. Taht would be a wonderful help to your brother, what does she make in her TV dinners, I’m curious!!! And wow the cleaning and decluttering must have been an awesome gift to receive… gotta love our mum’s!!ReplyCancel

  • Julia K

    Such a thoughtful gift idea that will no doubt be very much appreciated by your friend.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      She loved it and I was just pleased I can help her at those struggling late afternoon times when bub is getting really tired.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    As a mum of two under two, now 2.4 & 8mths I can’t imagine a better gift! A few of our friends made meals the first week we were home & it was the best! & Nicola my mum is awesome but wow your mum is super too!!! What a great present wish someone would come clean & declutter my house for me!!!ReplyCancel

  • What a great list! I had bread and butter pudding, lasagne, and green curry sent to me. So nice!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh yum! Love the sound of bread and butter pudding! It has been way to long since i have had that.:)ReplyCancel

  • What a great collection of meals.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh thanks Kaz.:) xReplyCancel

  • Thank YOU Kat. You are so lovely and every post you publish is loaded with value. You are an inspiration! Have a great weekend. xxxReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh that you Bianca! You are too lovely xReplyCancel

A list of easy dinner meal ideas for those that don’t like to cook. From toast to pasta, there is no excuse with these hubby friendly meal ideas.

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  • Elita hooper

    this list is amazing, As a mum I use lots of packet mix when making stir fry, casserole, i really do not like to cook much so anything that cuts that time down I am going to use.
    Most of the list is what I plan on regular basis.
    My boys are currently going through a one pan dinner thing,if they can serve themselves they will eat more.

    Thank you for the list.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      The packet mixes do make it easy, I used to use them a lot, now I have more time to cook and I enjoy creating recipes to share on the blog I don’t so much these days. Ooh what is their favourite one pan dinner at the moment? Love this idea, less washing!ReplyCancel

  • Vonni

    How can anyone pick on a hubby who compiled a meal plan like that? If I was away for a few days I’m sure my family would be eating take aways until I returned. Well done, Mr Organised. I’ll be sure to email a link to this post to my hubby, just in case he’s after some ideas for next Mother’s Day, or my birthday, anniversary, Christmas etc etc :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      He did do a wonderful job!.:)ReplyCancel

  • What a tasty sounding meal plan. My other halves go to is a packet of pasta paired with a tin of tomato soup and some cheese.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      that’s a creative meal Anne!ReplyCancel

  • steph

    My husband is a good cook if he wants to be but hates cooking (so do i!). His go to meal is steak, packet of continental microwave pasta, mash and saladReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh good on hubby.:)ReplyCancel

  • Sarah codling

    There is nothing wrong with your hubby’s menu! Love it that he has the confidence to plan ahead!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thanks Sarah.:) I was very proud of him, he did a great job xReplyCancel

  • My hubby’s version of meal planning is asking what the kids are cooking! He really doesn’t cook, but he does all the laundry. It’s a trade-off I am more than content with.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      that’s a good trade Tracy, and I am sure such a big help too!ReplyCancel

  • Haha this has me wondering what my husband would make if I ever left home for more than a long weekend! He’s great when we’re all together and I ask him to cook something – he’ll make a mean pad thai or steak with some veggies, but when I’m out of the picture it’s pies, chips, toasted sandwiches and very little forethought haha. Makes me think I should test him out more often so he gets more practice!
    In saying that, he does a lot of non cooking stuff that I hardly ever nail so I guess we just play to our strengths 😉ReplyCancel

  • Kimsy

    Great list! My husband makes crispy skin salmon or steak with steamed vegetables when it’s his turn to cook. His other favourite thing is “grab whatever’s in the fridge and add eggs, cheese and herbs”, which usually turns out quite delicious!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Oh yum! I like the sound of your hubby’s crispy skin salmon! Sound delish.:)ReplyCancel

  • This is very similar to what my hubby cooks! But some new ones here too – thanks xReplyCancel

  • Suzi

    If I can cook it in the oven, then it becomes a staple. Every week I make a pasta bake. 1 can of tuna, what every veggies are in the fridge or frozen works even better. What ever pasta and sauce is in the cupboard. It freezes well, so I make a huge batch of it. It tastes great and if I’m having one of those days with the little one, there is alway food in the freezer.ReplyCancel

  • Susie

    I got a husband-friendly meal idea, a few years ago, from an Aldi brochure. It is gnocchi, pesto and a few cubes of frozen spinach. Serve up with parmesan. Easy and yum. My husband makes it if I’m out on a weeknight. Weekends are for pizza (might be homemade) or takeaway -if I’m out!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh that sounds delicious, Susie! xReplyCancel

  • Wow, I’m impressed! He did great! :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh thanks Karen.:) I was very proud of him.:) xReplyCancel

  • I love the meal plan he made. Very in-depth. My Hubby cooks every night and is a great cook however he excels at slow cookers – my favourite Lamb Shanks. He is also fantastic at any roast on the Weber. :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh i love lamb shanks! Well done to your hubby and yes i too love roast on the webber, such a delicious flavour!ReplyCancel

This post is sponsored by Coles Typically when grocery shopping each week I have a list of essential items I always purchase.  These essentials are usually something that we use everyday or many times throughout the week.  Apart from the typical fresh fruit,vegetables and meat, my essential everyday products are good to have on hand to make up […]

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  • Lilian

    I’ve wanted a list like this for awhile, I buy similar stuff and have been meaning to write it down but don’t get time, thanks Kat this will be a great help.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      It is handy having a list of items that you purchase every week, I find I am forgetful so it’s great to refer to.ReplyCancel

  • Julie T

    I buy homebrand items often and don’t find any difference in the taste. Good to see that you try and stick to a budget when shopping Kat. This is a great list I have often wondered what people stock in their pantry.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      these growing kiddies of mine are now eating more and more, it’s important to shop frugally now more than ever becasue the weekly shop could easily get out of control.ReplyCancel

  • Eleanor

    I also do have a list of samples and have never run out of those samples in my cupboard, including cornflour and other basic ingredients. Like you, I like to bake and cook. It does help as I only buy meat and other fresh products on special like now all the apples and oranges are cheaper to buy and in the summer, watermelon and mangoes are the favourite ones!

    Another thing I like to stock up on is evaporated skim milk as you can whip up a simple pasta sauce with it and add whatever you want in a creamy sauce pasta. I also buy coconut milk as this is really good to use for Asian themed dinners i.e. stir fry, satay chicken. Each shop, I also keep an eye out for specials on stock, spices and herbs as well as rice, noodles and pasta.

    I also steer away from packaged sauces now as we are trying to cut down on salt and sugar use. There are heaps of recipes that I now use a lot in my slow cooker that helps a lot now that it is very cold here in Sydney and this weather now calls for hot dinners. I have a sausage casserole simmering away at home now.

    Another thing I do is to buy the nappies when they are on special and stock up on at least two packs of night time nappies and lasts for almost a month. The costs does add up especially when you have kids still in nappies all day and all night (only one in this household now and a toddler toilet trained for the day, not quite dry at night). Stocking up on nappies when on special does help. The nappies lasts until the next time they are on special.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      nappies is a great idea to stock up on, I remember like you all too good 3 of my kids in nappies, cost a fortune, if you have the space great idea to stock pile them! Ooh yes I buy coconut milk is a good base for many dishes!ReplyCancel

  • Julia K

    One of the best things I have ever done is come up with my pre-printed shopping list. It basically lists EVERYTHING that I might buy and the list is grouped in sections eg
    Bread & Cereals, Canned Fruit, Herbs & Spices. Under each section heading – I list all the items that I’m ever likely to buy. I have a couple of spare lines at the end of each section in case I come across a recipe with an ingredient I haven’t purchased before.
    I keep a stack of the pre-printed lists in my kitchen and, as I run out of an item, I highlight it on my list. The day before I go shopping, I make my menu plan and highlight items on my list that I need to buy.
    Although a lot of work to set up initially, it saves so much time come shopping day. It also saves revisiting various aisles in the supermarket as all like items are grouped together on the list.
    Have been using this list for about 15 YEARS !ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Aweomse Julia, sounds very much like my grocery list, has most of these items typed up on it. Best way not to forget.ReplyCancel

  • Janelle

    I also have a list of pantry, fridge and freezer basics and tend to only buy items when needed. I love using my slow cooker and tend to work out meals for the week to save money time and washing up. Having a family of 7 children sometimes 8 means I’m always on the lookout for money saving ideas.
    So far with baking and meal planning and shopping online I have been able to keep the grocery bill around the $200/250 mark per week. Leaving enough funds for other projects around the house and after school activities.
    I absolutely love your website and ideas, thank you so much…..ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      WOW Janelle! You sound like you are so very organised..I LOVE IT.:) Well done to you for meal planning and having great money saving ideas.:)ReplyCancel

  • Robyn

    Great list, very similar to mine. I no longer use ready made pasta sauce. I use tomato soup as my base and add the grated Veges. The soup has a lovely taste, is cheaper and low salt versions are available.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Sounds really yummy, Robyn!ReplyCancel

  • H,

    I try to make my shopping list in order of the aisles the items are in at the supermarket. It saves a lot of time retracing my steps to collect something further down the list.ReplyCancel

  • Great list. I get all of the above plus mozzarella and fresh pizza bases ( love to make my own but doesn’t always time wise…). I’ll print your list because I always get side trackedReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh thank you Monique.:) Yum we love homemade pizzas too, so much nicer and healthier too xReplyCancel

On the weekend I shared a picture of my sliced up watermelon and received a few enquiries.  When I get home from the grocery store I cut up most of our fruit and vegetables, which you can read more about here and here.  Basically I find that by pre-cutting the fruit and vegetables it is […]

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  • Judy

    I love the lego idea and absolutely going to use it for my son, his school doesn’t allow cakes, this is perfect… love how you find these ideas for us Kat thank you.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Judy, Aren’t they just adorable! Yes the kids school don’t allow cakes either so these ideas are just perfect.:) ~ KateReplyCancel

  • Donna

    So many great ideas, thanks!

    I just want you to know that the ‘home’ link, and the link in the logo takes readers back to December last year. The only way I found this most recent post was by typing in Feb 2015, and clicking on the next post link at the bottom of each post… I love your blog but can’t afford to waste time searching through weeks of old posts to find a new one.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Donna, I’m sorry to hear it isn’t working for you. I have double checked from our end and everything seems to be running ok. I hope it works for you in the future. Thank you for letting me know though. ~ KateReplyCancel

This is a guest post by Leanne Cooper author of Change the way you eat Leanne is a friend of the family, she has just released her new book ‘change the way you eat’.  I thrilled to have Leanne share todays post as it’s this time of year we often create new goals and look at our […]

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  • Wow, great information!ReplyCancel

  • some inspiration – thank youReplyCancel

    • Hi Jacana,
      thanks for your comment and you are VERY welcome! That’s fantastic that you found some helpful tips in there. All the best with your healthy eating.

  • Well there you go! I am studying with Leanne at the moment and she is a wealth of knowledge! The book is great! Enjoy all the healthy tips!!ReplyCancel

  • Hey Cassie,
    degrees of separation… LOL.

    Thanks for the kind words, and glad you like the book. Nourish Me Up is looking fab, well done you. Chat soon, Leanne xoReplyCancel

Christmas is that wonderful time of year that we catch up with friends for pre-Christmas celebrations and with our family as we also have quite a few birthdays between now and the new year.

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  • I have a secret weakness for devilled eggs! yum!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      they are so yummy, even a curried variation would be nice!ReplyCancel

      • Bev Lange

        here’s an even easier version of eggs, boil and halve as per usual, but instead of taking out yolk, simply sprinkle some curry powder over each halve (don’t get too heavy handed) and drizzle a few drops of french dressing and hep presto all doneReplyCancel

  • Imogen Hodson

    Hiya organised housewife!

    I have an idea for your {Daily task}.
    Donate the wedding dress you adore (but is clogging up wardrobe space) to…
    Angel Gowns for Australian Angel Babies Inc.
    ( OR they also have a facebook page, just search for Angel Gowns for Australian Angel Babies Inc)

    These awesome volunteers transform the dresses into beautiful burial gowns for stillborn babies. This is a completely free service.

    They will also take your random sewing supplies or ribbony bits if you feel like cleaning out your sewing stuff.

    If you need more info (or want to do a blog story), just message Sarah the CEO. She is adorable and they really love the publicity.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thank you Imogen for these details, I have just shared it on my facebook page xReplyCancel

  • Imogen Hodson

    Thank you, thank you! ????ReplyCancel

  • Karin

    Than you for your wonderful ideas!! I never thought of using a piping bag to put the mixture in the eggs brilliant!!!ReplyCancel

  • Karin

    Thank you for your wonderful ideas!! I never thought of using a piping bag to put the mixture in the eggs brilliant!!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      You are very welcome, Karin!.:)ReplyCancel

This post is sponsored by Coles I am thrilled to share some exciting news with you all.  I have partnered with a brand that fits perfectly with the content of the blog, I am proud to announce I am a Coles Ambassador.  Nothing will change for you, I will continue to bring you the same type of posts, sharing family […]

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  • Cheryl

    Congratulations on the partnership with Coles, that is great news!ReplyCancel

  • Lynn

    This is great I usually fail and spend most of the time in the kitchen preparing, then we eat and they usually leave so I didn’t really get to spend time with them, going to use some of your tips next time!ReplyCancel

  • Sandra

    wow coles? Thats great. Look forward to many more imteresting posts like this one.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh thank you Sandra.:) Yes i am so excited and thrilled to be working with Coles!ReplyCancel

  • Congratulations Katrina. You will be an awesome ambassador.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh thank you Trish! I am so super excited.:)ReplyCancel

Mason jar salads are just that a salad in a mason jar. I’m not sure who came up with this concept, but I think it’s genius. Storing the salad in a glass (mason) jar keeps it fresh for 5-7 days.

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  • Lorrie

    Wow these look so good I am going to have to give this a go myself, I guess you could really do whatever combination you wanted.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Absolutely Lorrie! You can put whatever you like in them, they are so good! I look forward to my lunch everyday.:)ReplyCancel

  • Carley

    That sounds great but am wondering does it have to be a mason jar? Can other glass jars work or even Tupperware and still remain as fresh as you say storing in mason is?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Carley, Yes it can be any glass jar just not plastic as it won’t keep it’s freshness.ReplyCancel

  • Samantha

    Can I ask why the Mason jars? Does the jar need to be specially sealed like with preserving or can one just put the lid on the jar and the salad will be right for a few days? Such a great idea- I need to do the same thing. My husband and two children usually get fed well and I get either whatever’s left for work lunches or eat when I remember at home!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Samantha, Yes the jars need to be glass and to seal to keep in the freshness so they last. They are so perfect for busy lifestyles.ReplyCancel

  • Lynn Robertson

    i am really Impressed with your Mason jar salads. One question – do the avocados go brown? What do the eggs taste like after a week?
    Thank you for such interesting ideas.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Lynn, Funny you ask abut the avocados! I honestly thought they would too but no they didn’t. By day 5 they had slightly started to have a little brownish colour but still totally fine to eat. And the eggs were fine too.:)ReplyCancel

  • Courtney

    Where did you find these Mason jars? All the ones I’ve looked at have a handle and a hole for a straw through the lid.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Courtney, You can purchase them at Big W or there is a link on the post just above.ReplyCancel

      • Jen

        FYI, the link didn’t work for me. There was a problem with the redirection: “Unfortunately we cannot redirect you to the website requested….”, etc. I did manage to extract the website you intended the link take us to from the redirection URL though…

        Thanks for this post! I have been wanting to find a way to make salads last longer and was specifically considering trying a different storage container, so I will try some mason jars instead of a different plastic container!ReplyCancel

  • elizabeth

    Can u layer just the dressing veggies, feta cheese and lettuce as I font like eggs or meat in my salad?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Elizabeth, yes you can add whatever salads you enjoy.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa

    I have a heap of old maccona coffee jars do you think that they will work as well? ThanksReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Melissa, I honestly haven’t tried it. It may work because coffee stays fresh. If you try it let me know.:)ReplyCancel

    • Paul Thornton

      Mason Jars have rubber O-ring on inner lid to give airtight seal. To replicate this on coffee jars, run a thin ring of soft silicone sealant around underside edge of lid.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa

    I will give it a go with both thanksReplyCancel

    • Antonella

      Did you try the maccona coffee jars? Did they work??ReplyCancel

  • sarah

    I love the idea – makung life easier! But…. What about your poached chicken – if it was poached on sunday and you made 5 salads up for mon – fri, is the chicken still ok?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Sarah I am finding it is still OK, haven’t come down sick yet thank goodness.ReplyCancel

  • Tiffany

    Hi, I love this idea but I’m a but unsure of how long you can wait before you eat poached chicken and boiled eggs… Is it really ok on Friday, if made on Sunday night, or is there. 2 day limit for safe eating?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I completely understand your worry Tiffany I was concerned in the beginning too but it is all still edible by the Friday.ReplyCancel

  • Wendy walker

    My favourite is bottom layer balsamic vinegar and olive oil dressing, next layer either butter beans or chickpeas, then cous cous, then roasted pumpkin, then crumbled feta and finally a layer of salad greens ( I like baby spinach) yum!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      OOh Wendy my mouth is watering that sounds so so good.ReplyCancel

  • shell

    These look amazing, I am going to experiment tomorrow. I just wondered if you thought that tuna would keep in the jar?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Shell, I haveb’t tried Tuna yet, only because I love chicken saladas. But I do want to try it at some stage, if you do, please let me know :)ReplyCancel

      • Shell

        Yeah, I wonder if the tuna will be too moist to put next to the salad greens. I might make it with the others, but use this one first, rather than waiting until later in the week, and then if its ok, stretch it out to 2 days next week and so on and so forth… I will let you know :-)ReplyCancel

        • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

          Sounds good, you will have to let me know how they turn out.:)ReplyCancel

          • Shell

            TUNA UPDATE! :-)
            Tuna keeps really well for up to 5 days, my salads have never lasted any longer that because They’ve been too tasty!

          • Robin

            Use Sirena Tuna, it’s the best flavour. It is in oil so when draining it use some of the oil for the dressing.

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      OOh that’s so good to hear Shell that they work, I’d love to try some with Salmon too! I’ve had a few this week with left over ham from our Christmas feast over the weekend, so good!ReplyCancel

  • Isabelle Pearce

    l love the idea Katrina. I will buy big jars and mini ones for my 3 year old that loves salads. It will make my life so much easier and less boring. As every day we eat the same and it gets boring. Do you need to boil the jars, and seal them like you do with jam…? Or just close the lid very tightly? ThanksReplyCancel

  • Hi
    I try making your mason jar salad it was so easy to make and it tasted yummy my husband liked it too, I am also try fruit salad in the jars i put honeydew melon, rockmelon, watermelon, so we will see how it goes.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh i like the sound of the fruit Mason Jars! You will have to let me know how they turn out, Jeannette.:)ReplyCancel

  • Ashley

    I love these!!! Just wondering what you do to keep them fresh for so long? Do you just put the lid on or do you need to pressure preserve?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Nothing special Ashley, just put the lid on and keep them in the fridge.ReplyCancel

  • Karen

    Hi Katrina,
    I’ve just come across Mason Jar salads they look fab! I’m on a weight loss journey and for summer, these look so awesome.
    Can I just ask what is a good jar size as I want to buy some. You say above you use 1lt jars but then say you use 440ml jars for your salads?

    Thanks heaps

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Karen, Mason Jar salads are so yummy! We are loving them. Yes i use the 440ml jar and i use a bigger jar for my husband.

      • Karen

        Hi Katrina – thanks for getting back to me so quickly! That’s great, thanks for clarifying that…will buy some today and get on to it…can’t wait.


  • Denise

    Love this idea, what size are the jars you are using in your photos?ReplyCancel

  • Kellie

    Stupid question time … We have a few mason jars with straw holes already would they work or not? Also kids wouldn’t be able to take glass to school could they store in the glass in the fridge and then I transfer to plastic container in the morning to take to school(just go without dressing these ones I’m thinking)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      No not silly at all, Kellie. I personally wouldn’t use the ones with the straw in them as they have to be sealed completely and by having the straw in the the air would take the freshness out.ReplyCancel

  • Jenny

    Fab idea!
    We have a favourite Warm Chicken Salad in our house that I’m going to adapt for this. Yummiest dressing!…

    2 tablespoons tahini paste
    2 tablespoons warm water
    2 teaspoons sugar
    2 tablespoons soy sauce
    2-4 tablespoons peanut oil
    juice of 1/2 lemon
    1/2 clove garlic
    dash of chilli or Tabasco
    2 teaspoons white vinegar
    1 tablespoon sesame oil
    salt and pepper to taste

    Combine all in a screw-top jar and shake well.

    I think it will go something like this…
    Layer dressing, sliced celery, spring onions, water chestnuts, slivered almonds, poached chicken, avocado, cubed mango, rocket/baby spinach/lettuce, alfalfa sprouts.

    Have I got the logic right? Anyone see any issues?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh this sounds divine Jenny!! I might have to give this a try myself.:)ReplyCancel

  • Cath

    I made my salad jars yesterday, put them in the fridge and today there is some condensation inside the jars – is this bad? Did I do something wrong?will I get sick If I eat it?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hmm you have thinking! A quick question: Where the Mason Jars dry before you put the salad in? I have never had that happen, the only thing i can think of Cath is that maybe the seal isn’t working correctly. I would maybe suggest using a different mason jar and see how that goes. Let me know how you go.:)ReplyCancel

  • Tamara

    Love this idea, I always forget about my own lunch during the week and end up with cheese on SAO’s!!! Silly question but where would beetroot fit in to all the layers of this idea?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Aren’t they a great idea.:) I love them for the same reason so easy to have already made ready for lunch. I would put beetroot down the bottom towards where the tomato goes.ReplyCancel

  • Ashley

    Just wondering if there are any suggestions if I wanted to make these with vegetables that I could heat up during winter?? I’m not s huge fan of salads in winter and would love something that I could heat up. Thanks for any suggestions. :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hmm i have never tried vegetables! If you give it a go please let me know how they turn out, i’m curious.:)ReplyCancel

  • Angela

    Katrina you have a brilliant website with great ideas.
    Can you tell me the best place to purchase the Mason jars, I live in Penrith NSW. Hope you can help & thanks in advance.

  • Helen


    Can you tell me what size Mason Jar to use as I’d like to order the same as the pics but can’t find them online. Also can you tell lmd where to purchase the Mason Jars from thanks, Helen.ReplyCancel

  • alison

    Oh my! These have seriously revolutionalised our house! Hubby loves them, so on Sunday night I have a little production line…. Mr 14 only likes chicken Caesar but Im working on that;-)ReplyCancel

  • Katrina D

    Love it! These salads would be great for picnics as they could travel in an eski with drinks.ReplyCancel

  • Liz Cook

    I’ve been trying to buy your recommended jars both in bigw and from your online link. Raw foods store is closed till March! Any other links where I can buy them?ReplyCancel

  • Sue

    did anyone try the Moconna jars yet?? I also have heaps in different sizes, I’ll try it this week and report back.ReplyCancel

    • Sue

      Well, big success with the Maconna jars! Made them up on Tues and ate them Saturday. Used homemade mayo and layered carrot, cucumber, corn, capsicum, tomato, risoni, ham, egg, spinach, lettuce and snowpea shoots. Was fresh and crunchy as if I’d made it that day. Sold!ReplyCancel

      • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

        Hi Sue, thank you so much for sharing. That is great to know.:) ~ KateReplyCancel

  • Victoria

    I lovvveeee these ideas Katrina your site is the best thats online Thankyou so much.
    I experimented on the mason jar salads and wow i can’t believe how fresh they stay in them for a period of time. For food and safety reasons Id eat the ones with whole protein in them first. Cheese can last longer. Sue your salad looks so delicious going to try that next!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh thank you so much Victoria! That is so lovely of you.:) xReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    Mason jars should have the title of domestic goddess – they are so multifunctional. This is a fantastic idea that I will be using for my next BBQ gathering. Thanks for the inspirationReplyCancel

  • Courtney

    Hi! can’t wait to try these this weekend! just wondering if anyone has tried beetroot? does it make everything soggy and purple? thanks ????ReplyCancel

    • shell

      Hey Courtney, I use beetroot in mine, but I use it raw for that extra crunch. It turns my dijonaise a nice pink colour but that’s it. Would be interested to know how cooked goes.ReplyCancel

  • Kathy

    Love this post! I use mason jars for just about everything! If you are looking for some I find very good and more importantly very cheap :) Going back to read another post!