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With closures of most public spaces and so many people working from home, the amount of home cooking many Canadians are doing has gone way up, increasing trips to the grocery store.

As the grocery store has now become such a hot destination, it has also become one of the main vectors by which you can encounter COVID-19.

Here are some food storage tips and ideas to keep shopping trips to a minimum, to help avoid exposure to COVID-19, and to help in flattening the curve.

1: Maximize Your Space

Consider using cabinet inserts to improve the holding ability of existing drawers and cabinets that may be under-used or cluttered. Some specific suggestions are stock organizers, in-drawer spice racks to free up valuable cupboard space and various types of specialized pull-outs to maximize your space usage.

2: Keep up with regular Sorting and Organization

This is important so that you know what you have before you consider going shopping so you aren’t overbuying and also are going to the grocery store as little as possible.

3: Make wise Food Choices

You can also stock up on long lasting, multi-use foods, things like rice or beans and depending on your tastes, various types of pasta and accompanying sauces. Most of these can be stored dry and specialized storage bins can be used to both extend the freshness of these items and ensure that they take up minimal space on your shelf.

4: Use the right Storage Containers

Make sure you acquire containers and storage bins that fit your space, so that you are making the best possible use of the space you have.

The last thing you want is to reach to the back of a shelf to accidentally knock over an open box or jar, spilling its contents or worse destroying the vessel altogether. An easy part of this can involve storing regularly used items in easier to access places where they aren’t being blocked by less regularly used items.

Custom kitchen cabinetry can solve many of these storage problems.

5. General grocery shopping hygiene

Also, don’t forget to wipe down your purchases (the boxes or containers) with something antiseptic like a 10% bleach solution (don’t breathe it in), alcohol, or hydrogen peroxide. And be sure to wash your hands as soon as you walk in the door and again after you wipe down your purchases.

Hopefully these suggestions have given you some ideas on how to best store your groceries. Many custom inserts and pullouts to help maximize your space are available at Elite Kitchens and Bathrooms in Langley, BC.

Elite Kitchens and Bathrooms, based in Langley, BC, is your source for everything custom cabinetry related. As the 2019 winner of the Vancouver Consumer Choice Award, they pride themselves on stellar customer service to match the quality of their cabinets.

If you have any questions about this article or would like to talk to us about cabinets, we encourage you to contact us at sales@elitekitchencentre.com.

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