Kitchen Tips: Prep, Preservation and Proper Handling of Fresh Food
Here are some of the great tips I share in the seminar I teach, "Saving Time & Money In The Kitchen".
Freezer Tips for Quick Preparation & Preservation of Food!
- Ground Meat
Ground meats are easy to fry up with seasoning or onions and freeze in portion sizes. Then when you want to make tacos, Chili, Shepard's pie, etc...the browned beef/meat is ready and it's one less pan you need to clean!
Cook your chicken for salads, fajitas or casseroles ahead of time. I buy chicken in bulk packs and cook it up in the oven in 2-3 dishes with different seasonings. Once cooled, I slice it up and freeze in freezer bags for future meals. Salads are made into a meal by simply taking a pack of cooked chicken out and thaw in the microwave!
Buy Yogurt on sale or discount and freeze them. (Individual cups, or if I buy a tub, I freeze in ice cube trays, and place in a baggie)
Smoothies are one of my favourite quick breakfasts!
I simply use my blender to mix frozen yogurt, milk or juice and whatever fruit I have on hand.
Used half an onion in a recipe? Slice and dice leftover onions and peppers and freeze them for later use. They won’t be as good in foods like salads but work great for things like stews, soups, and omelets.
- Overripe Fruit
Using fruit that is going soft: Freeze in muffin tins, or spread on a cookie sheet and pop into zippered bags once frozen. These are perfect for adding to the smoothies above!
- Pasta & Rice
Cook and freeze your pasta or rice ahead of time.
Divide cooked pasta into zippered freezer bags with a little olive oil.
Rice can be placed in bags with NO oil. Squeeze out the air and freeze.
When you want to use it, simply place in a bowl of hot water to thaw out while you prepare the sauce or veggies to go with it. Watch My video about this CLICK HERE
If you use Fresh Ginger, freeze the leftover and simply cut off as you need it. It will stay fresh in the freezer up to a year.
- Pancakes & French Toast
Do you like Pancakes and French toast, but don’t have time to make it?
Take an hour and make up a huge batch of each. Place on cookie sheets in the freezer, once frozen, place in zippered bags. Then heat in the toaster when you want them for a quick breakfast. (be sure pancakes are the proper size to fit in the toaster.)
- Vinegar Wash
Wash fruit and veggies in a 1/10 (Vinegar/Water) wash. It will help them last 2 to 3 times longer in the fridge.
- Use Proper Containers
Invest in good quality containers. Watch my video on the Tupperware containers I LOVE! CLICK HERE