Whether you realize or not, the kitchen is the most prominent place at your home. While all the other areas of your house are static, a kitchen is often the busiest. Hence, it needs extra care, attention, planning, and management, especially the kitchen inventory. If you’re not good with planning or organizing your kitchen inventory, you might end up spending and waste a lot of money in the long run. That’s the reason we often advise you to stack up your kitchen inventory wisely such that you stay within your budget and manage your expenses smartly. So, a Kitchen inventory is, typically, keeping a track of the stocked ingredients in the kitchen which in turn assist the owner better track his/her expenses.
Here are some important tips that we would like you to consider while managing your kitchen inventory.
Always make sure that you buy things such as grocery as moderately as possible. Based on the number of family members, you must prepare a list of items that’s not either too much or too less. With such a calculation, you’re making sure that none of the items are extra in the kitchen and helps in determining the budget. Everything in the kitchen has a shelf life and over stocking them can result in wastage. You must limit yourself with vegetables and fruits as piling up this stuff, even in the fridge for a long time will eventually end up in the garbage bin
If you are used to eating Organic food/ Grocery, then ideally stock up only for two weeks. Organic food is supposed to be consumed as fresh as possible and also it has a lower shelf life due to non-usage of any preservatives.
Make sure to store pulses, sugar, and other items in an airtight container to restrict moisture from spoiling these items. If you’re opting for a plastic container, you need to make sure that it is of the best quality. Also, make sure to change these containers within a year as over the time, plastic can degrade and storing foods in such container can be hazardous.
The idea of storage is to extend the longevity of your food, so it remains available for the long run. Stocking up things in this way makes sure that you don’t need to visit the grocery stores very often. Again, when it comes to organic foods, you need to keep the two-week timeline in mind.
We would highly recommend going in for seasonal Organic fruits and vegetables, particularly the ones that produce locally in your area. Seasonal fruits or vegetables are often organic produce grown without any chemical fertilizers or growth hormones. Hence the size may be smaller at times and they may not have the same shine, but remember, ‘all that shines is not gold’. In the same manner all those fancy and shining apples in the grocery store may not be Organic and in fact may be harmful to the body if eaten.
To make money and increase the availability of non-seasonal fruits or vegetables, many farmers opt for GMO based farming technology to fulfill the demands. We strictly suggest staying away from such foods and always opt for seasonal and local organic fruits and vegetables to stay healthy and for longevity. Also, remember that if you purchase organic, then limit it regarding quantity as being naturally nutritious and healthy, they deliver a lower shelf life.
One of the basic and essential tips to manage your kitchen inventory is to label every container for the items they are supposed to be stored in. It helps you organize things in a better way and saves a great deal of time for the one managing the kitchen.
We have noticed that there’s a myth circling the globe that refrigeration is the key to preserving any and every food for a longer time. Hence, most of us start piling up things in the refrigerator. Well, it is true in most cases, but not everything is meant for or requires refrigeration.
For instance, there’s no need to store potatoes, onions, or garlic in a refrigerator. You can keep these vegetables outside in the room temperature without the risk of damaging them. On the other hand, you must always store vegetables like tomato, Brinjal, bottle gourd, bitter gourd, cucumber, etc. in the refrigerator for longer preservation. The same goes for the fruits. Oranges, bananas, and mangoes don’t require refrigeration, whereas apples, grapes, Chickoo, etc. should be kept in the refrigerator.
In short, you must recognize what foods need refrigeration and what foods don’t. Also, even refrigeration has an expiry date. You must understand that refrigerating doesn’t mean you can stock up things for the future.
Before you start ordering foods, make a list of the items that you need. Check your kitchen inventory and prepare the list based what you have and what you don’t. It will ensure that you don’t order stuff that you already have in your kitchen.
To run a kitchen inventory wisely, you must set a budget and stick to it. You must know what foods are needed and in what quantity. Make sure that you don’t over buy or under buy it. Don’t get tempted by unnecessary things that you find at the supermarket. Stick on to your list and only get those items that you have decided. This way you can save money and restrict yourself from piling up unnecessary things in the kitchen.
Over to you!
If there’s one place of worship at your home, then it has to be the kitchen. Keeping it clean and organized will only, do well for you and your family. Follow the above basic and smart tips to organize and manage your kitchen inventory.