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Food storage has always been a bummer to me. I HATE coming home from the grocery store and just shoving everything in the fridge. Things go bad… you forget what you even bought… it’s a mess!
I now buy meat in bulk (which saves a ton of money!) it also makes me more likely to actually cook! I split up the meat, and pre-chop some of the chicken into bite sized pieces. Then I vacuum seal it in either portion bags or meal sized bags. So think two chicken breasts (since there are two of us that eat non-chicken-nugget food in this house) or 1 lb of cut up chicken. Ground beef gets split into 1 lb bags and flattened out.
That’s the key, make it as flat as possible!! Once it’s frozen flat it takes up WAY less room in your freezer, even if you don’t have a deep freezer! The little pink bin you see has four pounds of ground beef, six chicken breasts, and a pound of chopped chicken. I could fit more in there if I had it!!
The blue bin underneath has a bunch of ziplock bags with baby carrots and grapes. We NEVER used to finish off fresh produce when we buy it. I hate wasting food. So, I portion it out and keep about 3-4 servings of each in the fridge, the rest goes in the freezer!
When I run out in the fridge, I just grab some from the freezer. This also works great for packing lunches or railroader grips 😉 prep over the weekend and everything goes in the freezer. Then at night, take out what you need for lunches the next day and stick it in the fridge. It will be defrosted by lunch! Or, in our case, my hubby can grab several bags and shove them in his cooler for the days he’s traveling for work.
I plan to also vacuum seal and freeze leftovers for him so he can grab full meals as well, which is less stressful for both of us when he gets the call to go to work. He has a small travel oven that he takes with him and plugs in on the train (or when his hotel room lacks a microwave 🙄)
I honestly am converted on the vacuum sealer. I vacuum seal errrthang. Even salads in mason jars! I think it’s an investment for any family that is completely worth it, especially for people who buy in bulk or meal prep!
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What are your food storage hacks? Any tips or tricks you’d like to share?