When Violet gets home from pre-school every afternoon we head straight into the kitchen for a snack.
One of the only ways I can get her to eat fruit these days is by purchasing those little fruit snack cups. You know the kind, filled with pears or peaches or mandarin oranges. Lately tropical fruit has been all the rage in our home.
Thing is, Violet never finishes the entire cup.
It drives me crazy because I don’t want waste perfectly good fruit, of course, and I don’t want to transfer a few tiny pieces of fruit into some kind of Tupperware – what a pain! Plus I don’t want to waste all that space in the fridge. I suppose I could buy little tiny Tupperware dishes but again – what a pain!
For a while I would tear off a small piece of tinfoil and put it over the fruit cup but that too, is a pain. One bump from clumsy fingers and the fruit juice from the cup spills all over the fridge.
And don’t get me started on saran wrap. I hate saran wrap. It’s either too sticky and balls up into itself before you can get it on whatever you’re trying to get it on or it isn’t sticky enough and doesn’t seal very well. Never worth the trouble.
Enter Ziploc sandwich baggies.I dont’ know why I never thought of this before. But now, whenever Violet doesn’t finish her fruit cups or her sandwiches or whatever it is she leaves languishing on the kitchen counter, I simple stick it in a Ziploc sandwich bag.
The Ziploc is far superior to all other options not only because it prevents spillage and seals in freshness, but because unlike tinfoil, I can actually see what’s inside.
See what I mean? Then the fruit is front and center when I go to cook dinner and can serve it again as a side dish or with a dollop of Reddi Whip for dessert.
Just another one of those small tricks that makes one of the millions of things we do for our toddlers every day a little bit easier and, as you well know, a busy mama needs all the help she can get.