Time Saving Tuesday (TST) 2
|October 13, 2015||Filled under Freezer Tips, Time Saving Tuesday|
As a single mother with three daughters, a house, cats and a job working close to 50 hours a week, the only way I can keep up my wonder woman persona is to find things that save me time. This can be a good thing when it comes to not slipping back into former habits that contributed to hurting my health. Over the years I’ve come up with lots of tricks that work for me and, thanks to Pinterest and the many websites out there, I see lots of others that I’d like to try one day. Each week I thought I would share either a tip that I use or something that I’ve seen on another site. Perhaps some of these will work for you to help save you time and make things a bit easier. If you’ve got a great time saving tip to share why not post it in the comment section below.
This week’s TST tip is to help save you time and money is to prepare meat ahead of time so it’s ready to be used in a meal.
Why make enough for one meal when you can prep enough for a few at the same time. There are certain things that we tend to use frequently such as ground beef and diced chicken. When I go shopping I will buy a large package of ground beef (3 to 5 pounds at a time), bring it home, put it right into a large pot and brown it. Then, once it’s cooked and allowed to cool down a bit, I divide it into a couple of containers so they can be frozen. When I want to quickly cook a meal I can pull a container out and add it frozen to soup. Or, I can thaw and warm it up to be used for other meals such as tacos.
Chicken can be prepped the same way. I spend a little time dicing up boneless chicken breasts or thighs and portion them into freezer bags or containers. Then they are ready to be pulled out of the freezer to be used in a recipe.
Got a favorite marinade recipe? Why not purchase chicken breasts, steak tips or pork in bulk, portion into freezer bags and top with your favorite marinade. The night before pull out your package and thaw in the refrigerator before using.
Do you like meatloaf? Why go through all the hassle of mixing and making just enough for one meal. Why not prep two or more meals at the same time. Simply double or triple your favorite recipe. Portion out one to use as your meal for the night. Shape the additional loafs, wrap in foil and place in a freezer bag. Don’t forget to mark what’s inside. Next time you need a quick meal pull the frozen meatloaf out and allow to thaw in the refrigerator over night.
3 quick reasons why I prep food ahead of time:
- It saves you money. Buy in bulk or stock up when your favorite cuts of meat are on sale. You can even do things like make your own stew beef.
- It saves time. Cutting and browning meat takes a good amount of time. On busy days you’ll be glad this step is already done.
- It encourages other family members to help with cooking. With some of the work already done it’s easy to get other members of your family to measure, add and stir ingredients if the dicing and chopping is already done for them.
Check out Pinterest for some ideas on creating “dump” chicken recipes. These are recipes that you simply dump into the crockpot. WLSers take not that many have sauces that are high in sugar which could lead to a dumping or RH episode.
Got a favorite tip to save time and money? Why not leave a link in the comment section below.