Last year I wrote a post about how I plan my meals each week using a list of how long different fruits and vegetables last. It’s a useful list, but not very pretty. So I decided to repackage it in handy printable form!
This new and improved list is perfect for laminating and hanging on the fridge. And it’s really useful! With this list, you can plan out your meals according to the shelf-life of your produce and minimize trips to the grocery store. Here’s how I use it:
I go grocery shopping on Saturdays or Sundays. When I’m figuring out the menu for the week, I’ll try to find recipes with vegetables from each group. Sunday and Monday, I might make recipes with green beans, corn, or broccoli. Mid-week, we’ll have pasta with roasted eggplant and zucchini or Swiss chard. Then towards the end of the week, I’ll plan a recipe or two using kale, winter squash, or cauliflower. This way, we’re eating fresh produce all week long without going grocery shopping several days a week.
Obviously, this list depends on the condition of the fruits and veggies when you buy them. If something is in sad shape when you buy it, you can’t expect it to last a full week; use common sense and if something doesn’t look (or smell!) right, throw it out!
If you’d like to link to this list, please link to this post, not directly to the PDF. And don’t upload this to your own blog or website.