A lifestyle blogger has revealed the secrets behind her perfectly-organised fridge – complete with coordinated storage containers and pickles made in old pasta jars.
Connie Cao has gained more than 80,000 followers under her Instagram handle Connie and Luna for sharing enviable pictures of her Melbourne home.
And this week, she offered a sneak peek inside her immaculate fridge after she re-organised her fresh produce to ensure everything stays fresh for longer.
The young woman – who grows most of her vegetables in her backyard garden – used IKEA 365+ food containers with bamboo lids to store her ingredients.
A lifestyle blogger has revealed the secrets behind her immaculate fridge – complete with coordinated storage containers, pickles made in old pasta jars and herbs in a glass of water
Connie Cao (pictured), from Melbourne, has gained more than 80,000 followers under her Instagram handle Connie and Luna for sharing enviable pictures of her home
Connie – who leads a plastic-free lifestyle – grows most of her vegetables in her garden
She purchased the glass containers in four different sizes for a total of $55, which included 600mL (rectangular $5.99 or circular $5.49), 1L ($7.49), and 1.2L ($6.99).
‘I have found glass boxes to be really useful in storing our fragile produce such as salad leaves from the garden, mushrooms and other veggies that would otherwise be bruised if they were in bags,’ she said on her blog.
‘I love how they’re so easy to clean and look so neat when arranged together. Plus, I’ve taken a huge liking to glass containers lately as they also double up as great oven-to-table use.
‘The other day, I made pies for dinner and used the square and round glass containers to bake them in – once they were done, we ate straight from the glass container.’
Connie has used the glass containers to store all her pre-cut vegetables so she can toss them into a pan or pot whenever she needs to make lunch or dinner.
The young woman – who grows most of her vegetables in her backyard garden – said she used IKEA 365+ food containers with bamboo lids to store her ingredients
The young woman has placed fresh herbs in a glass of water so it stays fresh for longer
Connie has used the glass containers with bamboo lids to store all her pre-cut vegetables so she can toss them into a pan or pot whenever she needs to make lunch or dinner
Connie – who leads a plastic-free lifestyle – said she uses old pasta sauces and olive jars to store homemade pickles and fresh herbs picked from her garden.
‘Glass jars are always found floating around our fridge. We use them to store pickles, our homemade water kefir, things to freeze and lately also winter soups and freshly picked parsley and herbs from the garden,’ she said.
Instead of using disposable ziplock bags, Connie said she has opted for Kappi reusable silicone bags to store ingredients.
‘These ziplock bags are great for storing fresh produce, snacks and even liquids as they are leak-proof and completely airtight,’ she explained.
‘I’m thinking they are also great for using in the freezer to store things like lemon slices that I often prepare after picking lemons from our tree.’
Connie – who leads a plastic-free lifestyle – said the glass canisters she uses to store homemade pickles come from old pasta sauces and olive jars
Connie said she dreams of transforming her property into a ‘fully sustainable and self-sufficient home’
Connie said when she does her grocery shop, she uses reusable produce bags for fruits and vegetables.
‘For things like mushrooms and medjool dates, which I often buy in a paper bag, go straight into the fridge as is. I find the paper bag helps keep the moisture away and the produce fresh,’ she said.
Rather than wrap bowls with plastic cling wrap, she opts for silicone ‘stretch’ lids.
‘If I’m ever needing to put a lid on a bowl, I’ll reach for this. I love how these lids are structured in design making it easier to handle when using, as well as easier to wash and store,’ she said.
When she’s not at home, Connie – who runs her own business online selling handcrafted accessories such as earrings and flower crowns – travels the world to take stunning pictures for her feed.
On her website, she said her dream is to have a ‘fully sustainable’ and ‘self-sufficient’ home and lifestyle.