It often happens that you go grocery shopping, bring your food home, shove it in the fridge, and then go do something else. Well, this week, try to put a little more thought into prepping food before it goes in there. Check out our blog posting where we talk about freezing, chopping, pickling and batch cooking!
Prep Smarter: ready that food!
Prep Smarter is all about getting fresh food, which has a tendency to go bad more quickly, ready to put into the pan. If you are hungry when you come home and your carrots aren’t ready for dipping in that yummy hummus, you might reach for some chips instead. So when you get home, try to prepare your veggies in the way that you intend to use them, according to your menu plan.
Prep Smarter Tip: the upside-down jar salad.
Dressing and heavy / hearty stuff on the bottom. Leafy greens and more perishable stuff on the top! Turn into a bowl to eat. Make it a chop salad: look what needs to be used in the fridge and add it to your salad! Make several. They last longer than a dressed salad because the dressing sits at the bottom of the jar. Check out this link from the Jane Can blog.
Pickling is not just for the cucumber!
You can quick pickle SO many vegetables. Is that zucchini about to turn but you don’t feel like eating it tonight? Quick pickling is so easy. It can be as simple as putting the vegetable in a vinegar-water-salt solution and sticking it in the fridge! Quick pickled onion is one of the best salad toppers.
Prep Smarter tips from food challenge participants!
Did you need 1T of tomato paste for a recipe and now you have the rest of the can in your Eat First basket like me?
- Sarah said: Using a tablespoon, scoop out the rest of the paste in blobs on some waxed paper or a silicone mat on top of a cookie sheet and stick the tray in the freezer. Once frozen, transfer to a container. Now it’s pre-portioned for your next recipe and didn’t go bad in the fridge! But don’t forget to label it!
A few folks were surprised at how much weight the old wasted coffee added to their buckets.
- Jason said: It’s summer, and it’s hot! I stick my leftover coffee in a jar in the fridge and make an iced coffee drink with it in the afternoons.