Food Storage and Meal Planning
Just as the title says, this post is about your food storage and using it to plan meals. Building a well stocked pantry and freezer is, in my opinion, a critical must have for everyone. It is not something that you stock completely from day one. You build it over time. It will evolve with your family’s needs and circumstances. I’m not talking about having an entire room in your home that looks like a grocery store set up, although if you do have that, I might be a bit envious LOL. For a successful system, you have to rotate your stock routinely. What better way to do this than to plan your meals around what you already have. Over time, this will cut down on your food budget, and will open up more money each month to add to your stock inventory, buy small appliances or tools to make your life easier, etc.
Today, I am sharing with you a step that I do that helps me prepare a quick meal when I don’t have a lot of time. When I purchase meat, I usually do so in bulk. In this case hamburger meat. I generally buy 5 to 10 pounds at a time. When I get home I will cook a portion of it up as ground beef, separate into 1-1/2 pound freezer bags, and then store in my freezer. Then the next time I cook something that calls for ground beef, I just grab a bag from the freezer and go. It cuts down time considerably. Now, I don’t just cook it randomly and freeze it, I cook it while I’m fixing a meal that calls for ground beef, I just use a bigger skillet to accommodate the extra. The same goes for meatloaf, meatballs, etc.. Prepare two or three meatloaves, cook one and freeze the others. So in the amount of time that it took me to cook our evening meal, I also cooked/prepped ground beef for 4 to 6 more meals. I will show how I do this in detail in a later post.
Over the next several weeks, I will be sharing recipes, my favorite appliances, canning and preserving, meal planning, and much more. Please subscribe to my blog (if you haven’t already) so you receive emails whenever a new segment has been posted. Until next time, I have a homework assignment. If you do not already have a designated food storage space, I would like for you to assess your real estate. Do you have a closet or cubby that is being underutilized? Do you have cabinet space you could use for food storage instead of the china that you haven’t used in years? Clear it out, donate the items, give them to your kids, whatever floats your boat on this 🙂 See ya soon!!