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    raw food kitchenRaw Chef Kristen Suzanne shares 3 more great tips for having a well-planned raw food kitchen. Check out the first 3 tips and more photos of Kristen’s very own raw kitchen in the first post here.

    Getting your raw food kitchen groove on will really enhance this lifestyle and make it extra easy! Today, I’m sharing with you some tips about labeling, storage, and how to utilize your refrigerator and freezer for raw food success.

    1) Glass mason jars keep it fresh and healthy!

    My storage tool of choice is a glass mason jar. It’s perfect for smoothies, raw soups, raw pate, desserts (mousse, cookies, etc), salad dressings, and more. Using glass is the way to go if you want the healthiest option for both your family and our earth. And, they’re pretty cheap, too!

    Want to kick it up a notch in freshness?

    Pro-tip: Get a FoodSaver (one of my secret weapons in my raw food kitchen for adding longevity to my fresh foods!), and buy the glass mason jar attachment so you can suck out the oxidizing air from your stored food.

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    2) Labels are saviors

    Sharpie pens works like a charm! How many times have you made a raw nut milk or raw hummus, and even though you “think” you’ll remember the date you made it, after a few days you find yourself scratching your head and wondering… “When did I make this?” I use to do that all the time (and likely ended up throwing out more food because I wasn’t sure about its freshness) but not anymore. Sharpie pen to the rescue! I mentioned in tip number one that my preference of storage container is a glass mason jar for most things. Did you know that you can easily label those by using a Sharpie marker? It washes right off with a sponge and soapy water.

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    3) Refrigerator and freezer keeping raw goodies fresh!

    It’s probably obvious that my refrigerator and freezer are where you’ll find lots of my raw foods. My refrigerator houses all of my fresh produce and greens. Did I say refrigerator? I meant refrigerators! The same goes for freezer. I have the two freezers that are a part of my refrigerator units plus a big stand alone freezer. Seem like overkill? Not for our family! I have my refrigerators loaded to the max with all of my dried fruits, fresh produce, and tons of raw sauerkraut! My freezers are used to store some of my raw concoctions that are freezer- friendly, some protein powders, super foods like green powders, frozen raw organic coconut water, frozen fruit, and all of my nuts and seeds.

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    Pro-tip: Buying these organic items in bulk saves tons of money, but you need somewhere to store the goods. My extra freezer and refrigerator might have cost some money up front, but I’ve saved loads on buying in bulk in the long run.

    So there you go! Three more great tips for planning your raw food kitchen (see part one of this post here).

    Tell us which one of these photos of Kristen’s kitchen in the last two posts has inspired you the most!  Let us know in the comments below.

     



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    61 Responses to “Take a Peak Inside Raw Chef Kristen Suzanne’s Organised Kitchen – Part Two”

    1. By Susan Engelhardt on Aug 18, 2011

      Love the tip about the Mason Jars. I have used my Mason Jar to cold brew my herbal teas all summer and what a wonderful time saver this has been. Not done brewing? Slap the lid on and take it with me!

      Now that canning season is here I plan on getting a box or two of jars to use in my pantry and my refrig. Thanks!!

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      Reply by Danielle on September 2nd, 2011

      Sounds like you’re super organised too Susan. Thanks for the tip about cold brewing teas through summer. I only just learned of this as a possibility when I moved here to Costa Rica 6 months ago, so I’m sure for many people, like it was for me, it will be a new idea that they can add to their enjoyment of beautiful beverages.
      Danielle Greason @ The Raw Divas

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    2. By Alyse on Aug 18, 2011

      I love the picture of the jars of Organic Raw Almond Milk labeled with a happy face on it. I find this inspiring because I understand that something as simple as that can make one so content and happy. With a recent diagnosis gsstritis I am convinced that it is nutrition that will get me out of this misery.I am in the beginning phases of eating raw food and trying to heal myself…LOVE, love the tips and advice!

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      Reply by Danielle on September 2nd, 2011

      So excited for you Alyse! Enjoy this adventure of discovery and healing and come back and share your story with us. Have you got the juicy info from our free 3-Day Green Smoothie Challenge? Here’s the link: http://www.terawarner.com/free3
      Danielle Greason @ The Raw Divas

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    3. By Tracy P on Aug 18, 2011

      I love the refrigerator picture! I hadn’t thought of using colanders to keep the airflow moving through the fruits. I’m totally staling that :-) I am making the transition to raw foods now and can use all of the help I can get! Thank you!

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      Reply by Danielle on September 2nd, 2011

      Woo hoo! Good observation. Enjoy the adventure of transition, fun times! Make sure you have all the juicy info from our flagship 3 day Green Smoothie Challenge here http://www.terawarner.com/free3
      Come back and share your story. Send us an email to customerservice@
      Danielle Greason,
      The Raw Divas

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    4. By Carolyn Landry on Aug 18, 2011

      They are all impressive but for me its #1. I have been wanting to get some mason jars to make cultured veggies and her fridge full of mason jars is awesome.

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      Reply by Danielle on September 3rd, 2011

      Brilliant isn’t it Carolyn! A gorgeous practical and life supporting ‘collection’. I just love it too.
      Danielle Greason @ The Raw Divas

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    5. By Shirley Solano on Aug 18, 2011

      What great ideas. This is always a challenge and these tips will really help me focus on labeling and putting items I love to have right up front in the fridge. Thanks for this article.

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      Reply by Danielle on September 3rd, 2011

      You’re welcome Shirley. Thanks.
      Danielle Greason @ The Raw Divas

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    6. By Mary on Aug 18, 2011

      Great kitchen ideas. How envious I am of TWO refrigerators!!! Do you know of any refrigerators that have more than 2 little crisper drawers at the bottom for greens? Four should be the minimum for any size fridge. My apt. is small and I have room only for a fridge that is 28″Wx5.5″H. Glad you have lots of room for storage.

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      Reply by Danielle on September 3rd, 2011

      I have never personally seen or heard of a four drawer fridge. Good point Mary. Maybe someone will come out with ‘the raw fooder’s fridge’ in the not too distant future! :-)
      Danielle @ The Raw Divas

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    7. By Mary on Aug 18, 2011

      PS: You don’t have to spend money on Mason jars. Just recycle your Tahini or nut butter jars. They work just great! I’ve used them for storage all my life–even in the old, sick days when I bought …
      mayonaise!!!!

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      Reply by Danielle on September 3rd, 2011

      Good tip Mary.
      Mayonaise! Funny to think back on that hey. I wonder how much mayonaise I consumed through the 80s! Haha
      Thanks Mary.
      Danielle Greason @ The Raw Divas

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    8. By M on Aug 18, 2011

      I love organizing and the way it feels when I finish. When I look at the photos of your fridge, it makes me want to get right into cleaning and organizing mine! Very inspiring! Thank you!

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    9. By Elena on Aug 18, 2011

      Thank you for your wonderful tips. I will try to do the same in my kitchen. The biggest challenge for me is to store lettuce and other greens. They go bad so quickly. Any suggestions?
      Thank you.

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      Reply by Conny Postel on August 19th, 2011

      wash them -dry them not completely but keep them a little moist- and then wrap them in a clean kitchen towel or a salad bag and they stay fresh much longer is my experience

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    10. By Deloris on Aug 18, 2011

      OMG! I love that fridge, I’m comming over for supper! haha! I really love the labels on the jars with a Sharpie. What a genius idea, can’t believe I didn’t think of that! :) Thanks for sharing!!!! bisou!

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      Reply by Danielle on September 5th, 2011

      Thanks for the feedback Deloris. Kristen’s Sharpie idea sure has been a winner here!
      Danielle Greason

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    11. By Carol on Aug 18, 2011

      I love the mason jars with the pen right on them.. how many times have I thought I needed to by labels??

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    12. By kathy stuart on Aug 18, 2011

      The Mason jar refrigerator storage photo. Love it. Beautiful and accessable. I will have a second frig in about a month. I believe I will try to use it like that.

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    13. By jasmine on Aug 18, 2011

      Wow, I’m impressed and inspired. This is a great idea. I’d love to win the blender…I’ll have to figure out how to post pictures. Wow, I’ll read this a few times as I try to figure out what she is stocking. This is a big help. Jasmine

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      Reply by Danielle on September 5th, 2011

      Glad you’re inspired Jasmine! Check out the competition details for the Blendtec here http://www.terawarner.com/blog/win-a-blendtec-total-blender-wildside/ No need for you to post pictures yourself. Just send along your blog post in a Word document along with your pictures attached to an email to danielle@therawdivas.com. We’ll be doing the editing and posting here!
      Danielle Greason

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    14. By Rebecca Finney on Aug 18, 2011

      Buying in bulk is a very wise idea, and two refridgerators sounds about right! :)

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    15. By Christy on Aug 19, 2011

      Thank you so much for sharing these tips! I’m in the process of cleaning out the fridge/freezer, and I really love the pictures of the freezer! I love how everything is so organized and easy to find (unlike my freezer now, lol). Gives me something to aim for! :)

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    16. By Lilach on Aug 20, 2011

      i loved the photo of the fresh fruit on the counter in the first post!
      i looks soooo yami, colorful and atractive!

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    17. By Beatriz on Aug 20, 2011

      I love the idea of the two refrigerators! And the extra freezer…that would be heaven! I will certainly try to store greens the way you do, and I am seriously considering the FoodSaver and the mason jar attachment. What a wonderfully organized kitchen to work in, thank you for all your ideas and pictures, I just moved, perfect timing!

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    18. By deb on Aug 20, 2011

      The counter with the appliances make sense. I get tried of digging out my eguipement before I prepare my raw meal.

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    19. By Lena on Aug 20, 2011

      I really love the tiered fruit bowls. I”m always running out of space to have friut on hand, riping for use, and fruit ready to eat for my green smoothies. And it looks so attractive too.

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    20. By Purna on Aug 27, 2011

      Love the fact that sharpies can be used on glass jars – I had no idea! Excellent tip!! Thank you for sharing. = )

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    21. By Debbie Berry on Sep 5, 2011

      Oh my Kristen, you have my dream kitchen! Being on a very tight budget, does not allow me to have a very stocked kitchen. We have been living mainly of what is in our garden and local farmers markets. But I have faith that life is going to turn around for us very soon. When it does then I’m coming back to this blog and have my ref look like yours! It is very hard to pick a post that inspired me more, as they both inspired me to work even harder at getting back on our feet. Wonderful wonderful posts. Thank you Kristen and Blessings to you!

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    22. By Emily Maker on Sep 9, 2011

      I love your fridge pic with the baskets and such… I always have a hard time keeping certain items together!

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    23. By Treesa on Sep 12, 2011

      Wow, I use mason jars all the time and I had no idea you could write on them with a Sharpie and be able to get it off again. Thanks for the cool tip, Kristen!

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    24. By deanna frey on Sep 16, 2011

      I love the idea using the mason jars. you can find them anywhere and they are cheap. i use old spagetti jars with screw on lids to put flour, rice ect. in. Mainly i use them to drink out of. You just can’t go wrong with the old mason jars.

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    25. By illya gonzalez on Sep 16, 2011

      I love the neatness using the basic mason jars. That’s the way to go. I’ll follow that advice for sure.
      Thanks,
      Illya

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    26. By Shelby on Sep 17, 2011

      I love the mason jar tip, everything looks so nice when it’s organized in glass jars. Plus it’s easy to find and very portable. :)

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    27. By Mel Holt on Sep 20, 2011

      That’s the most beautiful refrigerator I’ve ever seen. I’m inspired by all the colors, organized & labeled jars, and the way everything looks fresh. I’ll be dusting off my mason jars very, very soon. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    28. By Veganforlife Lucy on Sep 20, 2011

      I too organize that way – mason jars and sharpies – the best!!!

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    29. By Katie on Sep 20, 2011

      I LOVE the Mason jars!! I only have a few, and have used them for storing sauerkraut. I had NO idea you could get a FoodSaver with Mason jar attachment. I am definitely going to have to check this out :) Having all of that pre-stocked food is quite inspiring!!

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    30. By Amanda on Sep 20, 2011

      I love the picture of your fridge. It is what my fridge should look like. It is what my fridge would look like if I was more motivated, but my motivation seems to get squashed too easily by my husband and three kids. Bad habits are soo hard to break!
      I also love the idea of using a food saver on glass jars, I thought it was only used with the plastic bags!

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    31. By Deb Kay on Sep 20, 2011

      Oh my gosh, I did get a great tip from you. I didn’t know my Food Saver had a mason jar attachment. I either have it and didn’t know how to use it or need to order it. So I guess #3 is the organization tip I’m going to use. I have the jars and the Food Saver, just need to learn to use it.

      Thanks!

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    32. By Rebecca on Sep 21, 2011

      I love how many mason jars you have in your fridge! I also love the sharpie date idea so you know how long ago you made a batch thanks!

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    33. By Amanda Johnson on Sep 21, 2011

      I was inspired by the buy in bulk tip. I have bulked(and been frustrated at times)at the idea of a second refridgerator, but hearing someone else testify to the savings in the end, maybe I will revisit this idea.

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    34. By Cristina on Sep 21, 2011

      So excited about this contest! Equally excited to have discovered this site for continued motivation and inspiration. I’d have to say I love the shot of your freezer. I have several of the same superfood products like maca, cacao and didn’t know to store them in the freezer (still a newbie). So thank you for that!

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    35. By Annette Arvizu on Sep 22, 2011

      I already use mason jars as I follow Kristen’s blog for a bout 1 year now. = )

      I never thought of putting nuts, seeds and powders in the fridge what a great idea.

      Something I will be doing from now on.

      Thanks to both of you for inspiring me.

      Hugs

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    36. By Lynnette Varvil on Sep 22, 2011

      Hi!

      I love the tip about the mason jars and using them to keep all your raw goodies fresh and tasty! I have used these before and they are lovely and rather cheap, and you can reuse them, as well as label them so you don’t forget when you made them and put cute smiley faces on them!

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    37. By kimber on Sep 22, 2011

      I love the Mason Jars i use them for my dry items (beans, rice)love how you have the fridge organized.

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    38. By Yaffa on Sep 23, 2011

      I love the fridge and especially freezer stocked with raw goodies! WHat a wonderful visual reminder that we are what we eat we eat what we see in fridge, freezer and kitchen! I’ve been becoming more raw and I find that keeping only raw in stock helps! I find when I make cooked food for my family, I try to make it healthier (sneak Tahini and mung bean sprouts in the pancakes or tomato sauce) and I ed up eating more than they do because it’s too healthy for them but it still appeals to me or I just don’t like wasting. When I cook only raw, I’m much less tempted to eat commercially prepared stuff, although homemade is better…I would love to be able to make raw bread or crackers my kids would love to eat, but so far we haven’t made the raw jump as a family. I love all the raw ingredients in the freezer, especially the fact that you buy them in bulk, it makes such a healthy statement to see a refrigerator AND freezer chock full or raw health! My refrigerator is full of amazing organic greens and veggies I order every week or two that I love so much, however, my freezer is full of cooked stuff like cake, breads, etc. So thank you for freezer inspiration, I’ll start focusing on having a healthy freezer full of delicious and healthy foods!

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    39. By Wilmary on Sep 24, 2011

      love all the tips, but the one the inspire me the most is about the foodsaver and mason jars. I do use glass jars but not that kind. And about the foodsaver, great tip, I usually use eco friendly bags but those with the vacuum sistem wow, I will definetly going to put that on my agenda. Thanks for taking your time to do all this!!

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    40. By Kornelia on Sep 25, 2011

      Hello, I’m quite new to raw food and very keen on all usefull tips and tricks. Thanks for sharing. I like the picture of racks with the glass jars for storing – at a glance, you can see what’s inside and it’s safely stored without a risk of oxidation. No chance to find that trademark over here in France but I can get those normally used for storing jams and preserves.

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    41. By Andrea Chancey on Sep 26, 2011

      Kristen, You’re use of mason jars and labeling is such an inspiration for me to kick start my purchasing in bulk to save money/time. I like the organization and the use of labels from the original packaging. I’ve been keeping my bulks in their original packaging without putting them into mason jars and it can become disorganized easily. Thanks for the pics and inspiration!

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    42. By Kimberly on Sep 28, 2011

      Thank you for sharing your kitchen wisdom, Kristen. The Sharpie tip (pun intended) was a revelation for me. Mason jars are my favorite cold-storage containers, but I never realized that I could write on them with a marker and then wash off the label.

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    43. By Angela on Sep 29, 2011

      Love all the tips. My mission will be to take one tip at a time an incorporate into my kitchen.

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    44. By Den on Sep 29, 2011

      Great tip about the mason jars and the sharpie pen! Thanks, i’m looking forward to use them.

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    45. By bridget on Sep 29, 2011

      I love two of the pictures -the fresh veggie picture is beautiful organization. I really love Mason jars! I just recently received a dehydrator as a gift and love the inspiration.

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    46. By mary sparling on Sep 30, 2011

      Okay, that first pic did for me! No more masking tape labels … hooray!

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    47. By Jenny on Oct 1, 2011

      I really like the idea of using a sharpie to label jars. I love to use glass jars to store things in and my blank labels will often go missing. I never thought to just write on them with a sharpie. Thanks for the great tip!

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    48. By kitchens st helens on Nov 20, 2012

      Hi my loved one! I wish to say that this article is awesome, nice written and come with almost all vital infos. I would like to peer more posts like this .

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