Chef Paul: A New Fridge Means Easier Meal Planning
April 25 2012
Our new refrigerator arrived on the weekend!
This makes me very happy. We cooks love new kitchen stuff.
There was nothing really wrong with our old fridge; in fact it’s the kind of fridge most people want. Double door, fridge and freezer combo with ice and water dispenser but I disliked it because it lacked space for something that took up so much space. Don’t worry; we’re not throwing it out. We’ve donated it to a local charity.
What I like about the new one is that it’s all fridge! No freezer. We’ve got a chest freezer in the basement so having one upstairs as well, though convenient, was not necessary…at least that’s what I’m saying now…we’ll see in a few weeks if I’m still of the same mind.
The reason we went for the all fridge version is that I like having lots of shelves and not so many drawers and compartments. Because when we get home from the Saturday morning Farmer’s Market, I like to process all the vegetables, meat and fruit before putting them away to begin meal planning. Sure, it takes time to wash the lettuce, clean the fresh berries, portion any meats, etc., but I save so much time during the week when I go to cook stuff. I like to wash the lettuces and spin them dry and then place them in a re-sealable container with paper towel on top and bottom to absorb any moisture. Then I always label the container with the name and date in order to make sure to use it for a healthy meal plan before using a newer container of lettuce or vegetables or whatever. This way I’m always on top of what’s going on in my fridge, nothing goes bad and nothing is purchased unnecessarily.
I find things often get lost at the back of drawers and compartments and before you know it you hear: “what’s that smell?” and you can’t answer: “it’s the cheese” because you ate it all. (A sous chef I once had said to me: “if anything else smelled this bad we’d throw it out…but not cheese”).
The new fridge will definitely make meal planning much easier and I can more easily create healthy meal plans with already prepared – but fresh! – foods.