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4 tips to meal prep and save time

6 Jan 2021 LIFESTYLE


By: Natasha Archary 

 

 

Freezer meal prepping is not an entirely new discovery. There is after all, a freezer meal section in every supermarket, offering countless options of readymade, easy to reheat food.

However, preparing your own meals from scratch is the only guarantee you have that what goes into your food is good for you.

 

Eat out of your freezer

Almost everything freezes well. Just remember not to fill up your storage containers completely, to leave room for the expansion.

You can freeze:

  • Stews
  • Soups
  • Curries
  • Lasagnes
  • Pastas
  • Rice
  • Homemade pastries, pies and pizzas
  • Baked goods
  • Waffles
  • Pancakes
  • Prepared vegetables and fruits
  • Marinated meat, chicken and fish
  • Veggie bakes

Once you start freezer meal prepping you will realize that just about everything can be frozen.

 

Best before

As long as you are freezing freshly prepared foods that has been completely cooled before it hits the freezer, it can happily chill for up to 3 months. Life changing.

 

Storage

Before you get into the habit of freezer meal prepping, invest in quality freezer tubs with measurement markings on the side. This will help you portion prepared food accordingly. Usually, a 500ml tub can feed two people comfortably, but if you know your family’s preferences you can adjust the amounts you freeze per portion.

Suitable freezer storage includes:

  • Foil food savers
  • Foil wrap
  • Freezer bags
  • Freezer friendly glass storage containers, jars
  • Cardboard food savers are also a good alternative (no washing up)

 

Preparation

Dedicate at least two hours on the weekend to preparing your family meals for the week. This may seem like a long time to spend cooking but it’s a small price to pay to ensure weeknights are hassle-free. All you would have to do is take out your frozen meal before you leave for work, and reheat your defrosted meal when you get back after a long, stressful day.

 

Eat out of your freezer

Almost everything freezes well. Just remember not to fill up your storage containers completely, to leave room for the expansion.

You can freeze:

  • Stews
  • Soups
  • Curries
  • Lasagnes
  • Pastas
  • Rice
  • Homemade pastries, pies and pizzas
  • Baked goods
  • Waffles
  • Pancakes
  • Prepared vegetables and fruits
  • Marinated meat, chicken and fish
  • Veggie bakes

Once you start freezer meal prepping you will realize that just about everything can be frozen.

 

Best before

As long as you are freezing freshly prepared foods that has been completely cooled before it hits the freezer, it can happily chill for up to 3 months. Life changing.

 

Reheating

Reheating is as simple as transferring to a pan and warming on a stove-top, or into an oven dish and pop under the grill for a few minutes.

For pasta and rice dishes, simply have them thaw in the fridge the day you intend to eat them and simply pop into the microwave for a few minutes. Baked goods can be warmed up either in the oven or from freezer straight to microwave for no more than three minutes.

Ditch the takeout this year and give your family their favourites without compromising your energy and saving you time.


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