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A few weeks ago, I shared my best tips for organizing real food in the fridge. When it comes to organizing, my goal isn’t perfection. My goal is practicality and simplicity with the ultimate goal of being able to easily find food (both leftovers/meals and ingredients). Because no one has the time, patience, or money for misplaced, rotting food.
In the post, I mentioned that I’ve tried a lot of different containers for storing prepped foods and individual ingredients. Some of the containers didn’t work well for my fridge (they didn’t stack well, didn’t keep fresh ingredients well, etc.), while others have become favorites. At this point, I have a few favorite containers that I use every single week. These containers house fresh produce from the market or store, make-ahead lunches and snacks, and leftovers.
The following containers are what I consider to be the best of the best; the containers that help me organize my fridge and keep our food fresh week after week.
The Best Reusable Containers for Storing Real FoodFrom Inside My Fridge
Simplify School Lunch Packing
Over the years, I’ve developed strategies that help me simplify packing my kids’ lunch. I created the Simplified School Lunch Kit to end the school lunch overwhelm and share all my simplifying strategies and lunch plans. It’s possible to simplify and even enjoy lunch packing!
Here’s what you’ll find in this kit:
- ready-to-use lunch plans
- a food prep guide
- my stress-free approach to planning and packing lunch
- nourishing recipes my kids love
- 20 fully-packed lunchbox printable cards to make building a school lunch super easy
I found these containers on Amazon last year after mourning the loss of yet another head of market lettuce. I purchased one medium-size container to start. After a few weeks of using that container, I ordered a few more. The containers work best for storing leafy greens, such as: kale, lettuce, chard, collards, and herbs. I currently have three medium bins and one small bin.
These are a new addition to my fridge organization system. The bags are a great storage solution for loose fruits and veggies, such as: a few zucchini, heads of cauliflower and broccoli, bell peppers, apples, etc. I keep the bags in the fridge produce drawers. The bags are reusable and reusable. I prefer the cloth bags linked to above over the bags in the picture (<–after much trial and error testing).
These are perfect for make-ahead foods, dips, small ingredients (such as: blueberries or raspberries), and leftovers. I purchased the 3-cup storage containers from Target.
I keep one large glass storage container (OXO brand) on hand for anything that doesn’t fit in the glass storage jars mentioned above. I’ve found that one large container meets my storage needs. During strawberry season, I fill the container with fresh strawberries. Other times, I use it to store a large batch of leftover soup.
Mason, Weck, or Le Parfait Jars
These are great for storing homemade goodies, such as: broth, salad dressing, soup, nut milk, or even small berries. I also place fresh herbs in small mason jars filled with water. The tops of the herbs are covered with plastic bags, and then secured with rubber-bands at the base of each jar. This keeps the herbs fresh for at least a week. I find these jars on Amazon and at home stores (HomeGoods, Target, etc.).
I just recently purchased these containers. I’ve been using them for make-ahead (adult) lunches and leftovers that are turned into lunches (such as the stir-fry pictured above).