How to organise the food in the fridge and freezer

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife

This post is sponsored by Howards Storage World

Today I’m going to give you a tour of my fridge… funny of all the places, but this is one place in my home that is always organised.  I find that keeping the fridge & freezer organised is one of my essential tasks.  The benefits:

  • Food won’t spoil
  • Food will keep longer
  • You can easily tell what food you have and what you need to buy
  • Makes a quick busy cooking time so much quicker
  • Preparing school lunches is quicker

Chopping and storing fruit and vegetables

It is well know that I like to cut up and store all my fruit and vegetables in containers.  I have done this for so many years it’s now become a habit.  I like that when I am in the busy process of making dinner the chopping is done or when I am feeling like a snack, I can grab some chopped watermelon rather than something sweet like a cookie, just because it’s convenient.  I chop and store my fruit and vegetables either of these two ways:

  • When I come home from a grocery shop I pack all the grocery items away and leave all the items I need to chop or put in a container on the kitchen bench.  I open my containers cupboard and reach in to grab whichever container I need, have a grocery bag next to the chopping board for all my scraps and start chopping up the fruit and veg.  This will take me about 15-20 minutes.
  • When I don’t have the time to chop after my shop I put it all in the fridge and as I need to use the item I then chop it and put in the container then.  This process frustrates me though as I prefer to have it already chopped.

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What type of containers to use in the fridge

I have used many containers in the past, and if you are following along in my declutter challenge you would know I am struggling to keep my crockery and containers cupboard organised.  I was using Tupperware FridgeSmart containers that are for the refrigerator only and when they weren’t in use and being stored in the cupboard they wouldn’t sit neatly into each other.  I assessed my cupboard and realised that these containers were no longer working for me, I wanted to find something that I could use in the fridge for my chopped fruit and veg, freezer for chopped fruit and veg for smoothies or leftovers, microwave to defrost or reheat left overs, be dishwasher safe and sit tidily when not in use.  It has taken me awhile, but I finally found a container (added not, sadly the VacSeal Containers are discontinued from Howards Stroage World).

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What to chop

I chop just about everything, except fruits we eat whole like apples, peaches etc. But the main items I always ensure are chopped up are broccoli, cauliflower and watermelon.

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This is all items I like to keep in containers in the fridge:

  • broccoli, florets
  • cauliflower, florets
  • cucumber, cubed
  • cherry tomatoes, washed
  • capsicum, sliced
  • carrot, sliced and diced
  • cheese, grated and cubed
  • red onion, sliced
  • baby spinach, washed and dried
  • grapes, washed and off stalks
  • orange, peeled and diced
  • watermelon, cubed
  • ham
  • chicken, poached and shredded

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Also great for diary and meats.  I buy a big block of cheese, grate half and cube the other half, so much cheaper than buying it cubed or grated.

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Having the fruit already peeled and diced makes it so much easier to make a quick fruit juice for the kids after school

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Stored but kept whole

I also store whole vegetables in the containers I find they stay fresher longer. I  find it best to keep some carrots and zucchini whole as I often cook them sliced, diced or grated.

  • Carrot
  • Zucchini

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In the fridge

It’s easy to see what’s in the containers because they are transparent.  They fit really well in my fridge.  The beauty is this range come in a range of sizes, so I do recommend measuring your fridge and then determining what size containers will best fit in your space.  I removed a shelf from my fridge so it is easier to access all the containers.

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Other items in the fridge

Now that I have my thermomix, I am making a lot of my sauces from scratch, such as mayo, salsa, beef stock, vege stock and tartare sauce.  I am yet to venture into making my own jams, but I am sure this will come soon.  I keep all my homemade condiments in the Vacuumsaver Colopots, which are airtight and will help to ensure the contents don’t spoil too quickly. They come in a range of different lid colours.

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In my fridge I have 2 fruit and veg keepers.  In the top one I store the whole fruits like apples, peaches, pears etc and in the smaller crisper I keep yoghurt and homemade custards.

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We keep sauces in a handy condiment caddy, which fits perfectly in the top of the fridge (yes, did you know you are supposed to keep sauces in the fridge?).  My kids each like different sauces so it’s great to grab the caddy from the fridge and place it straight onto the table.

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In the Freezer

I’m trialling these Snapware Airtight Containers.  As the containers I used to use in the freezer are no longer available for purchase, I wanted to find something that I can recommend.  The snapware is great for the freezer or pantry and is microwave and dishwasher safe, airtight, leakproof and BPA free.  I like that you can seal the container and it has an easy fliptop lid to quickly grab the food you require.  I have 4 in my freezer, 2 storing biscuits and muffins and another 2 storing savoury lunchbox snacks.  I place the food items straight into the containers unwrapped and they don’t dry out or get freezer burn.

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 I also keep all my packets of peas and corn in containers as I find they’re easier to store and stops the odd pea falling out.  I keep whole frozen bananas in a basket to use in cakes and muffins and sliced banana in an airtight container for smoothies.

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Hope you have enjoyed a tour of my fridge.  Having it organised like this just makes it so much easier for me to pack lunches, make dinner and choose healthier snack options.

What is your best fridge organising tip?

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144 comments

Hélène. February 5, 2014 - 6:28 AM

Oh my, that fridge is impressive! I am positively jealous ?

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Katrina February 7, 2014 - 12:23 PM

I love it 🙂

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Kelly j February 5, 2014 - 6:35 AM

how long does your chesse last when you chop it up like that? do those containers stop them getting the “hard” bits where the cheese is exposed to air?

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Sarah Hudson February 5, 2014 - 9:11 AM

You can freeze grated cheese.

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Jane Sibley February 6, 2014 - 12:32 PM

I freeze grated cheese all the time, just pop it into a zip lock back and squeeze the air out of it

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Katrina February 7, 2014 - 12:23 PM

The vacuum seal prevents the air getting in, but you can definitely freeze it if you’re using a different container/bag.

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Kelly j February 5, 2014 - 6:43 AM

and those containers look great, i like the fact that they fit into each other, one of my pet hates with other plastic containers!

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Katrina February 7, 2014 - 12:23 PM

It makes it so much easier to store when not in use!

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Angela Woodall February 5, 2014 - 6:48 AM

I love the organisation. Mine is nearly there. I’ve been using the tupperware fridgesmart containers. Do you find these are keeping your food better? I still find that some foods just don’t last very long in mine. e.g. pumpkin I also use large containers (the huge decor ones because that’s what I had at the time) for anything small that comes in a bottle and won’t fit into the door pockets. I learned last year when I wanted to buy some cheese and grate it for a special occasion that it was actually cheaper to buy it already grated, so I would check the price (comparison) before you buy it in case either one is on special. Weird I know, but it also saved me heaps of time.

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Tamea February 5, 2014 - 7:40 AM

I use fridgesmart containers for my cut pumpkin and it lasts longer than if it were in cling wrap – do you leave the skin on? 🙂

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Angela Woodall February 5, 2014 - 11:11 AM

Yes. I leave the skin on but cut the seeds, etc out of it. I’m lucky if it lasts a week. Most things I can get 2-3 weeks out of if I need to. Just not the pumpkin and I won’t put pepper on it like it’s been suggested.

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Tupper Nat February 6, 2014 - 1:01 AM

Have you tried washing your container with vinegar? Even the slightest bit of mold (something you can’t see) defeats the purpose of the product. Happened to my cheese, dying quickly. Used vinegar and back to weeks and weeks. X

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Beryl May 14, 2019 - 11:04 AM

Angela, When I bake pumpkin, l cut put the bit with the seeds and bake that too. The seeds are good for you and have a nutty flavour No waste.

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Kylie February 13, 2014 - 2:50 PM

Pumpkin lasts fantastic when frozen… i just pull out what i need when I need it. best way to save on wastage 🙂

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Kristie February 5, 2014 - 10:44 AM

I also use Tupperware fridgesmart and find my veg last a couple of weeks.

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alison February 5, 2014 - 7:27 PM

The reason I grate my own is pre-grated chesse has a anti caking agent in it that I have read is not recommended to be consumed by childern

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Margaret February 5, 2014 - 7:47 PM

I buy block cheese and then shred it with the fine shredder on my kenwood..you get more because it is smaller….then any leftovers are put in the freezer in a plastic zip lock bag….

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Mel February 5, 2014 - 7:58 PM

The anti-caking agent contains gluten & they also lube the graters with flour so anyone on a strict gluten free diet can’t consume pre-grated cheese. Because these 2 items are not a ‘component’ of the food they don’t have to list it on the ingredients.

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Carol-Anne October 10, 2016 - 11:47 PM

Wow. Thanks Mel. I didn’t realise this about grated cheese. My daughter, gluten intolerant, suffers badly when she eats grated cheese and I could never work out why. Thanks heaps.

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Tamea February 5, 2014 - 7:38 AM

have you found a container that does all that AND can go in the oven? I am searching for something that I can store lasagne / pasta bakes in and put them in the oven to reheat rather than the microwave. THANKS for sharing. I thoroughly enjoy your hints, tips and ever honest sharing 😉

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Linda Walmsley February 5, 2014 - 8:33 AM

Hi Tamea
your pyrex dishes have lids on them and can go from freezer to oven or microwave. They are a glass dish with a plastic lid. Just be sure to remove the lid first….. made that mistake only once…

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Angela Woodall February 5, 2014 - 11:15 AM

You could also use the tupperware Heat and Eat. They are fantastic for fridge, freezer and microwave, but not the oven. You would need to switch to an oven safe one like the Ultra Pro which will go oven, microwave and fridge. They just don’t seal like a container would. But then neither does pyrex. Pyrex gets really hot in the microwave, but heat and heats only get hot where the food is because the food has been heated not the whole container. The food tastes yummier and is better for you too because it’s not having the [email protected] heated out of it.

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Katrina February 7, 2014 - 12:21 PM

Pyrex dishes come with lids that you can use for freezing, and then remove to pop in the oven.

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Tamea February 28, 2014 - 12:18 PM

Thanks Kat, I’ve looked at pyrex, often, but can’t seem to find the right size!

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Kylie February 13, 2014 - 2:46 PM

Try the Glasslock ones… Apparently they are good for fridge, freezer, microwave and oven 🙂 I have seen them on sale at Victoria’s Basement.

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tamea February 28, 2014 - 12:17 PM

thank you!

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Jaqueline July 8, 2014 - 4:29 AM

I found on pinterest that you can líne your pirex with foil, then freeze and take the pirex out, once ready to bake you can place it on your pirex again, that way you can use what you already have and the big frozen blocks can bes toree vertically to maximize your space

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Grace April 14, 2015 - 4:30 AM

Hi Tamea
I know there’s a tupperware that is oven and microwave safe. They’re not cheap though. You’d be looking at around $100 for a medium sized one

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Candice April 14, 2015 - 7:09 PM

Tamea you should look at the Ultra pro range from Tupperware they are fantastic for meals such as lasagne. You can put them in the oven, microwave, fridge, freezer and dishwasher. They also come in different sizes

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Larissa February 5, 2014 - 7:55 AM

Does this mean you’ve ditched the Fridgesmart containers you used to use? Which containers help the food last longer do you think? I wish my fridge looked liked that!

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Olivia February 5, 2014 - 7:59 PM

I was wondering the same thing. I got some Tupperware ones I saw her recommend them, and now she is recommending the HSW ones

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Tupper Nat February 6, 2014 - 12:56 AM

No, I think she would still use them. Wasn’t this a trial? If it works for you Olivia, then that’s great.

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Katrina February 9, 2014 - 5:26 PM

They were too awkward in the cupboard for storing. These ones are similar in construction – they have the same ridged-bottoms to keep the food out of any condensation, and the vacuum seal means the food freshness is sealed in.

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Eleise Hale February 5, 2014 - 8:07 AM

OMG Your fridge is so clean and organised!!! I am seriously impressed!

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Katrina February 7, 2014 - 12:21 PM

It makes it much easier to use!

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Nancy February 5, 2014 - 9:30 AM

That’s fantastic – thanks for the tour!! With chopped up veg (e.g. carrots) do you find that they dry out at all? I’ve chopped up carrot sticks to keep in a container in the fridge in the past, to make it easier to grab a healthy snack, but found that they tended to dry out after a day or two, unless I kept them submerged in water. That was just in those decor clear containers though, so not a vac seal container or TW fridge smart. Would I have better luck with those? Thanks for the advice. 🙂

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Amanda Titley February 5, 2014 - 7:40 PM

If chopped carrots are stored in the fridge immersed in water they stay fresh and crunchy 🙂

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Katrina February 7, 2014 - 12:20 PM

For snacking on, yes, submerge them in water. For cooking, they’re ok as the cooking softens them up again.

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Marg February 5, 2014 - 9:36 AM

I keep my grated cheese in the freezer.
Love all these ideas but we have a regular fridge/freezer with half the space. Any ideas for how to make it work with less space?

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Katrina February 7, 2014 - 12:17 PM

Perhaps you could do this for your most regularly used fruit and veg that you want ready to go? Whole veggies that you use up in one meal you could keep whole.

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Skye February 5, 2014 - 10:04 AM

I love some of your ideas, particularly knowing the containers are freezer-safe and don’t give items freezer burn. I’ll have to pop down to HSW!

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Katrina February 7, 2014 - 12:19 PM

They’re great for the freezer!

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Miss Maudy February 5, 2014 - 10:29 AM

I am about to upgrade to a new fridge – I’m going for one with french doors – it has several drawers in the freezer, so I think containers will be better in the drawers. I am interested to know how you store meat? Currently, I bag it into single serves, but it might not be the best way come the new freezer.

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Angela Woodall February 5, 2014 - 11:18 AM

I use a product called ‘Go Between’ made by Glad. You find it with the Glad Wrap. I use the tupperware freezing containers (arctic) and layer them between the meat and wrap it over the edges to help protect. Works well. Also means you only need to take out what you want as they separate.

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Tupper Nat February 6, 2014 - 12:54 AM

Same Angela and I use Go Between too. Xx

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Kezchaz February 6, 2014 - 8:57 AM

Miss Maudy, we brought the LG French Door with water and Ice (unreal fridge). And with all the compartments in the freezer it is great to have containers as they fit so nicely, but you do have to make sure you get the right size or the freezer won’t close. I have never had an organised freezer until now, and they are deep freezers.. lol.. Good Luck…

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Katrina February 7, 2014 - 12:15 PM

Containers are much easier in drawers as they stack nice and neatly. Think about how you use your meat – if you do only cook it in single serves, then stick with that. If you find yourself using a couple of single serves at a time, then double up. The ladies’ suggestions of Go Between is great for keeping meat separated.

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Sarah Hudson February 5, 2014 - 11:14 AM

I’ve never had a whole fridge like that – for space purposes we only have a fridge with a small freezer on top. Keeping it tidy and fitting things in has always been challenging. Today, though, your post has inspired me to change how things are done. Today it’s the fridge, and tomorrow will be the freezer.

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Katrina February 7, 2014 - 12:13 PM

Good luck!

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Smaggle February 5, 2014 - 11:30 AM

I do this too! I keep gluten free bread in a huge container in the fridge and chopped up veg as well!

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Katrina February 7, 2014 - 12:13 PM

It’s great, isn’t it!

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Sherelle February 5, 2014 - 12:09 PM

How do you store your lettuce? Do you buy just leaves or keep it whole? I can’t see a picture of one inside your fridge?

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Tupper Nat February 6, 2014 - 12:51 AM

Lettuce needs to breathe so I would safely assume these aren’t meant for lettuce. I buy both. 🙂

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Sherelle February 7, 2014 - 11:26 AM

My only problem is the size of the round container Tupperware provide for the lettuce itself. It’s huge and being rounded isn’t fridge friendly.

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Andrea February 7, 2014 - 10:22 AM

I keep whole iceberg lettuce in an airtight plastic box with a sheet of paper towel on the bottom. In the fridge. Keeps for about two weeks.

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brooke February 5, 2014 - 12:30 PM

Hi
Just wondering what size vac seal containers do you use. id like to purchase some but would just like to buy a couple of the more versatile sizes as seen in your post
thanks!! 🙂

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nic February 5, 2014 - 5:39 PM

so impressed speachless

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Katrina February 7, 2014 - 12:17 PM

Thanks Nic 🙂

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Sarah Hudson February 5, 2014 - 5:59 PM

YES! I did it. Still have to do the freezer, but the fridge is all clean and looks like something I’d like to eat out of (no before photo, it was a shameful mess). Better still, a pile of containers that were taking up space in my cupboard are actually being useful now!

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Katrina February 7, 2014 - 12:13 PM

That looks fantastic!!

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Mommy Adventures February 5, 2014 - 7:35 PM

Wow, that is some kind of awesome. Might have to check out these containers you speak of 🙂

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HP101 February 5, 2014 - 8:52 PM

Are the vacseal and colopots glass or plastic?

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Katrina February 7, 2014 - 12:12 PM

The VacSeal containers are BPA-free plastic and the Colopots are glass.

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tracy kilkenny February 5, 2014 - 9:00 PM

Hi I really need to know where to get these containers thankyou

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Katrina February 7, 2014 - 12:08 PM

These are all available from Howards Storage World.

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Colleen Payne-Bizic February 5, 2014 - 10:46 PM

I think I may be a convert! Thinking about doing all of this. Only suggestion would be to peel the bananas before freezing and wrapping individually. Much easier to deal with when you need it.

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Katrina February 9, 2014 - 5:22 PM

I have them whole and peeled/chopped 🙂

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Leanne February 6, 2014 - 12:24 AM

do you find that the containers take up extra space in the fridge when you organise them like this?

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Katrina February 7, 2014 - 12:08 PM

Perhaps it does mathematically, but it means that the first thing you seen when opening the fridge for a snack is loads of pre-prepared fresh fruit and veg all ready to eat 🙂

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Tupper Nat February 6, 2014 - 12:49 AM

You have 3 breathing requirements for you fruit, vegetables and salads. Some are light, some medium and some heavy. The beauty of fridge smarts, now “ventsmarts” is they have a ventilation system to accommodate all fresh produce and “little feet” at the bottom to hold the condensation to prevent water damage that destroys our food. These containers don’t have either vents or condensation holders so I can’t see how they last long. These containers look like they function the same as the Tupperware clear mates. Just air and liquid tight. I would love to answer all your questions ;)) but not my place ;((. Angela Woodall – we sound similar. Xx

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Pennie February 6, 2014 - 6:21 AM

Do you not get frustrated having to pull all of those containers out to get to the one you want on the bottom? I also cut and store all my fruit and veg etc but I have kept my shelves in so I don’t have to pull everything out all the time. I have a family of 5 so we go through a lot of food so doing all this prep, may take 20-30 at the end of shopping, but makes it so much easier to get dinner ready after a long day at work.

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Katrina February 7, 2014 - 12:06 PM

Not really, no more so than having to pull them all out to reach the one at the back of the shelf! 🙂

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Zelda Sheldon February 7, 2014 - 9:05 AM

Great! I know my hubby would prefer storing in glass more than plastic but this looks like a space and time saver for sure.

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Katrina February 7, 2014 - 12:06 PM

Much easier than digging through lots of loose produce!

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Cybele @ BlahBlah February 7, 2014 - 10:18 AM

Very inspiring

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bellbanger February 7, 2014 - 12:03 PM

When you freeze your bananas whole and peel them, they are still yellow inside. We eat them like ice creams. Just allow to defrost on the bench for a few minutes then peel with the aid of a knife. Our 2 year old loves them.

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Katrina February 7, 2014 - 12:04 PM

Yes, they’re very versatile!

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Lani February 7, 2014 - 9:40 PM

Help regarding the vacseal containers. I went into Howard’s storage world but the lady couldn’t show me how to use it.

Am I right in saying place items in containers have the vac green bit down before placing lid. Place lid & lock the 4 outside clips. Then just push down once on the centre to release the air.

Is that right?

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Kerrie Czernia February 13, 2014 - 9:21 AM

That is how the lady showed me and then open the green bit to release and open

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Lani February 13, 2014 - 7:40 PM

Thanks. I guess maybe the ones in store were broken

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Lani February 7, 2014 - 10:31 PM

Also can I ask which food excel when using the vacseal containers? Also what foods can be stored together or not together

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Kim February 8, 2014 - 11:00 AM

Looks fantastic! Motivating me to get some organisation happening in my VERY messy fridge! 😀

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Katrina February 9, 2014 - 5:32 PM

Good luck!

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Erin February 8, 2014 - 11:50 AM

This looks great, thanks for the ideas! Question – How long do you expect fruit & veg to last once cut up? For example, watermelon in cubes like this would tend to start going mushy after a couple of days, and carrot sticks tend to dry out quickly…how long do these portions last for you?

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Katrina February 9, 2014 - 5:31 PM

I only need them to last a few days, or until eaten, which can happen quickly!

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Gracious February 8, 2014 - 1:02 PM

love your idea. and love your fridge!

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Katrina February 9, 2014 - 5:30 PM

Thank you!

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Toni Mathews Wetter February 8, 2014 - 4:17 PM

My best organization tip for the fridge is to not let me touch it. LOL. Love yours.

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Katrina February 9, 2014 - 5:30 PM

Haha! Love your honesty 🙂

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Jas February 8, 2014 - 5:48 PM

Hey Katrina! 🙂 what sizes did you buy? I am unsure of what sizes to buy for each fruit/vege. Thank you so much!! 🙂

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Katrina February 9, 2014 - 5:30 PM

I have the 1.5L squares and 1.7L rectangles, but you want to buy whatever measurements fits in your fridge best.

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Jas February 9, 2014 - 6:37 PM

Awesome! Thank you so much for letting me know, have a great night! 🙂

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Bec February 8, 2014 - 11:18 PM

Thanks for the inspiration, Katrina! Just wondering about things like broccoli and cauliflower, do you wash these before or after cutting or just before use? I must wash all fruit and veg and I can imagine that washing prior to storing would not work unless you let the pieces dry beforehand. What do you do?

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Katrina D February 10, 2014 - 9:38 AM

How do you organise a chest freezer? We have five sheep butchered at one time, I bag up a freeze in family portion sizes, has anyone tried wire baskets in the bottom to sort frozen meat into their groups, chops, roast, mince? Or any suggestions how to divide freezer?

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Sonya February 10, 2014 - 12:41 PM

Could I ask what sizes you use in the vacuum sealed containers please? I just need to get an idea of what fits into what size.
And thanks for the inspiration.. I have finally started organising our pantry and have never been happier 🙂

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Sarah Rushbrook February 10, 2014 - 6:22 PM

how long does the food last when you do this?

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Jackie February 24, 2014 - 9:59 AM

I would also like to know this…

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Katrina February 25, 2014 - 5:53 PM

They all easily last a week
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Biljana February 11, 2014 - 11:27 AM

Katrina, your fridge and friza look amazing, I have never seen one so organised. It has definatly inspired me to reorganise mine. Geat post…xo

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K-Lee February 19, 2014 - 9:44 AM

Would love to see a fridge make-over of a smaller fridge, the type with the freezer on top. I am slowly but surely attempting to do this, but very short on space. Your fridge/freezer look amazing, and those Howard’s containers look like they would definitely make life easier 🙂

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Lia Halsall February 23, 2014 - 1:18 PM

Do you happen to know if the plastic containers are BPA Free?

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Katrina February 24, 2014 - 3:02 PM

yes they are Lia

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krystel February 23, 2014 - 2:31 PM

another great tip is remove your crisper drawers to allow more room to stack your fruit n veg storage containers. We recycled our crisper drawers by my husband putting them in the shed to use for his storage needs.

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Cro Meakin April 6, 2014 - 7:29 PM

Look at what you made me do! Chopping up veges and fruit so they are ready for smoothies and snacks is BRILLIANT. Now just working on making healthy snacks that I can freeze. Thank you for the great tips!

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Narelle Rosenzweig April 22, 2014 - 11:22 PM

That would have cost a fortune to buy all those containers.

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Elizabeth Barnett June 19, 2014 - 11:33 PM

only thing I would add is – don’t put your scraps from chopping fruit and veg in a shopping bag and throw away, put them in a big container/bowl then take outside to the compost bin!

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Ann Rayson June 20, 2014 - 10:49 AM

Love your site, where do you purchase these containers

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Katrina June 20, 2014 - 11:37 AM

Hi Ann, these are available from Howards Storage World, you can buy them in store or online 🙂

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Fiona Tonizzo June 20, 2014 - 11:40 AM

I do this too, and while the containers cost a bit to set up, I almost never have to buy cling wrap and wasted food is negligible.

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Amy Thomas June 20, 2014 - 1:15 PM

Looks great! There are also freezer mates by Tupperware, which I use in my freezer. Lots of sizes from ones big enough to store 2 loaves of bread, to tiny that would store sauces, stocks, half opened cans etc. Flexible so easy to get food out, dishwasher safe, and the best bit is they are modular, so two littles will stack on a medium etc. In the fridge I use the ventsmarts for my fresh stuff but use the clear mates to store cheeses, deli meats, butter as well as grated carrot, sliced tomato – Even left over avocado goes in my clearmates and doesn’t go brown till about day 3! Again all modular so two smalls equals a medium, etc. Great space savers and has saved me a lot of money in wasting a lot less food. Tupperware has the freezer mates as a host gift reward at the moment. Happy to answer any questions.

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Katrina June 20, 2014 - 4:22 PM

I haven’t been to a tupperware party in so so long, I didn’t even realise there are freezer mates available… there you go 🙂

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Raz April 7, 2015 - 9:47 PM

What r the advantages of Tupperware fridge storer vs Pyrex. Also how do you store mushrooms, snow peas and aubergine

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Amy Thomas June 20, 2014 - 1:19 PM

Is that a pastry sheet container in your freezer? I need one of them! Where did you find it? 🙂

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Katrina June 20, 2014 - 4:21 PM

Yes it is Amy, it’s made my Decor and you can get them from Big W, Kmart or Woolworths and Coles.

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Sharyn Reiffel June 20, 2014 - 3:22 PM

Loved this one – now Im keen to sort my fridge & freezer. Really like the pre chopped fruit and vegies. Quick pop down to Howards first. I’d like to offer a slight change : Save all peels and scraps in a clip bag – kept in the freezer until you want to make a vegie stock base. Add any limp vegies celery ends – and boil away. Then put them in the compost later.

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Sharyn Reiffel June 20, 2014 - 3:32 PM

Loved this tour. Your wonderwoman -inspiring me to sort my fridge & freezer. I really like the pre chopped fruit and vegies. Quick pop down to Howards first. I’d like to offer a slight change : Save all vegie peels and scraps in a clip bag – keep in the freezer until you want to make a vegie stock base. Add any limp vegies celery ends from your fridge. Boil for a few hours in a big stove pot. Then put them in the compost later when they have cooled.

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Lisa A June 20, 2014 - 3:53 PM

Absolutely love this! One question though – if you chop up zucchini, onions etc how do you know how much = 1 piece if you need it for a recipe (ie 1 medium onion) – how much would that be 1/2 cup of the chopped up amounts?

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Katrina June 20, 2014 - 4:02 PM

Great question Lisa, when cutting these up have a look at what a whole zucchini looks like, I would say for my little hands it would be 2 full handfuls. I don’t precut onions, I think purely for the reason of not wanting onion smelling containers 😉

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Jesse June 22, 2014 - 10:21 PM

Hi Katrina – what are the sizes of the vacseal containers you have in your fridge & freezer? They look like good sizes 🙂

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nadine July 17, 2014 - 8:27 AM

I purchased 4 different sizes and a couple of each. Are they supposed to stay “sealed”? I’m having to press mine sealed everyday ss the bubble vacuum loosens. Is this normal as I am a bit disappointed?

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Lele Akbari July 25, 2014 - 6:29 AM

Hi Katrina,
I wanted to write to thank you. Your suggestions are making a huge impact in my household. I did a big shop Tuesday, I followed your instructions left everything out I needed to chop and prep. I got out all the containers, plastic rubbish bag close for scraps. We love it the fruit in the fridge ready to eat and pack for hubbys lunch is brilliant. Fridge is neat and orderly. I waste a lot of food due to spoiling, now I now whats in there and I will use it efficiently. Making thanks. Love your blog. Cheers Lele 🙂

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Emilie August 16, 2014 - 3:40 AM

I can see just one problem with this method : fruits and vegetables loose their vitamins very quickly once they are chopped…

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Katrina August 18, 2014 - 9:03 AM

Oh yes i have heard this but i personally have not had any problems with the fruit and vegetables loosing their freshness.

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Tammy December 16, 2014 - 1:16 PM

Thanks for the Inspiration Kat!

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Bernie January 1, 2015 - 9:46 AM

Hi Katrina,
I have had this article bookmarked for awhile and finally went down to HSW to purchase. Bonus is they had 30% off! This option is more affordable than tupperware so looking forward to getting organised and giving them a go. Thanks!

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Eilis February 27, 2015 - 7:52 PM

Dear Katrina
I am new to your blog and I am enjoying it! Thank you. Just a question regarding your fridge organisation.
Would you recommend the Tupperware freezer mates containers or the Howard’s Storage Vac Seal containers or are they similar? Should I keep the vents open while storing them in the fridge and freezer? Thank you.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife March 2, 2015 - 9:11 AM

Hi Eilis, Welcome! So lovely to have you join us.:) To be honest i use both! I think they are both fantastic. I keep the vents closed to lock in the freshness.

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Chelsea March 17, 2015 - 6:36 PM

Hi Katrina, Love your fridge and freezer!!. just want to ask a question , when you shop, do you wait till you have used all of the product from a container before topping it up, just thinking how do you know whats fresher…e.g the ham.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife March 18, 2015 - 8:38 AM

Hi Chelsea, Yes i try to use it all up before rebuying. If there is a tiny bit left in the containers i place that on top of the fresh produce so it gets used up first.

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Raz April 7, 2015 - 9:53 PM

Hi katsina, I am loving your fridge is can tell you thnx for inspiring me.
What r the advantages of Tupperware fridge storer – vent smart vs Pyrex?

Also how do you store mushrooms, snow peas and aubergineReply

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Kirstie B May 17, 2015 - 9:47 AM

Thanks for this post, it is great. Always wanted to know how I can have grout and veg last longer!
Just a tip with carrots, I chop them into sticks and store them in a container filled with water, that way they stay fresh and pre chopped.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife May 18, 2015 - 11:32 AM

Fantastic! Thank you for sharing your wonderful tip, Kirstie.:)

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Laura S January 29, 2016 - 7:28 AM

I noticed you have yeast in your freezer. I store mine in the fridge. Does it clump in the freezer? Any reason why the freezer and not the fridge?

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 29, 2016 - 7:49 AM

I live on the Gold Coast and it get’s very hot here, I found that the yeast was dying very quickly and somebody suggested to store it in the freezer to extend it’s life, it doesn’t clump at all. 🙂

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Niomi January 29, 2016 - 8:35 AM

Your my idol! 🙂 I hope to one day be these organised! The snap lock containers look great,I always feel I waste heaps of time double wrapping in glad wrap to prevent freezer burn and drying out of baked goods. I clicked on your link (to Howard’s storage) but apparently unavailable do you know of anywhere else that stocks them? Or something just as good. Thanks so much

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Carmel Corry January 29, 2016 - 11:34 AM

I was always taught not to pre-chop vegies as this causes a great deal of vitamin and nutrient loss.

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Kerrie January 29, 2016 - 6:01 PM

I had no idea you could peal and cut up bananas and refrigerate them! Do they not go brown and yucky

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Katrina February 29, 2016 - 6:00 AM

In regards to storing your containers when finished and cleaned – we put ours back in the fridge under the containers in use. I find it hard to find spots to put the tupperware fridge smart containers as they don’t nestle, but doing this means no longer looking for storage spots.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 29, 2016 - 11:26 AM

Great tip, thak you 🙂

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Andrew Brick May 31, 2016 - 12:12 PM

Great tips Katrina! I like the way you organise your food in the fridge and splitting items into smaller containers. I’ve been organising my fridge like this ever since I moved into my own place. Food will also last longer too. Additionally, cleaning your fridge once a month will help prevent buildup of bacteria.

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Eb January 14, 2017 - 2:59 PM

Hi, fantastic blog post! You have motivated me to organise my fridge and now I am up to doing my freezer. The containers you recommend are no longer available from Howard’s storage world so I was just wondering if you have any other suggestions for freezer containers.

Thanks

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Direct Appliance Rentals June 27, 2017 - 3:50 PM

Fantastic post! I think my most important tip is leaving leftovers in front at eye level so they’re not accidentally pushed to the back and forgotten about 🙂

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