Store your foods safely as soon as you can! The Fresh Rx newsletter or the Fresh Rx website’s Ingredient Index will help you decide if you should put the foods in your pantry, refrigerator, or freezer.
Keep a food list to stay organized
When you receive your share, it is a good idea to check the Fresh Rx newsletter to learn more about the share. Using the newsletter, you can make a list to keep track of what foods you have. A good place to leave this list is on the refrigerator. You can cross off items as you use them.
After you know what you have you can plan when you want to eat specific foods. Think about what you want to eat for the next few meals. Then you can see what leftovers or ingredients can be used for multiple meals. For example, you could plan a stir fry for lunch and use the leftovers for a wrap or as a side dish for dinner. Also plan to use foods that go bad faster first, such as fresh fruits and vegetables. Some greens that may not last long you can cook first and then store. This will prevent them from going bad before you get to enjoy them!
Ask around for ideas
If you have things in your share that you haven’t cooked with, visit the Fresh Rx website or check in with your Fresh Rx team. Also asking a friend, family member, or coworker is another option. The internet also has many free recipes and ideas for cooking. If you find a good recipe write it down to use again.
Use the freezer
Freezing is an easy way to make your share last longer. You can freeze most fruits and vegetables. To freeze fruit, wash and cut up, then place on a baking sheet in the freezer. After the fruit is frozen put it into a freezer-safe container and keep in the freezer. You can freeze vegetables like fruit. Some vegetables freeze best if you cook them partially first and then freeze. This light cooking is called blanching. Different vegetables require different cooking times for blanching.