How to prepare more meals in less time
In this blog we will explore how to prepare more meals in less time, saving you time and effort in the kitchen. Once you prepare the food, you can leave it in the fridge for a long time and avoid doing double work.
1. What are these dishes?
Soups and Stews: Soups and stews can usually last several days in the refrigerator and freeze well.
Cooked rice and pasta: Cooked rice and pasta can be the basis of quick meals. Be sure to put them in the refrigerator and store them properly.
Cooked and roasted meat and fish: Meat such as chicken, fish, pork, or beef can stay fresh for several days in the refrigerator.
Boiled eggs: The easiest way to always have protein foods ready is to boil a large number of eggs and take them out of the fridge as needed when you hate to cook or are tired. You can also easily pack them into a salad meal for work.
Salads: Salads and vegetables can be chopped in advance and stored in the refrigerator, but add the dressing just before serving to preserve freshness. If you use oil as a dressing, it is best to pour the oil into a small 50ml jar (you can buy it in a Chinese department store) and spread it over the salad.
This way, you avoid excessive intake of oil and calories that can negatively affect your line.
2. Preparation and cooking
Cook long enough: When cooking meat or dishes containing eggs, make sure they are fully cooked to kill any harmful bacteria.
Quick cooling: After cooking, cool food quickly before putting it in the refrigerator. This is necessary to prevent the growth of bacteria.
3. Storage in closed containers
Use sealed containers or bags to prevent food contamination and preserve freshness.
Label the containers with the date of preparation so you know how long the food has been in the refrigerator.
4. How much food and meals to prepare?
Keep in mind how many servings of that food are per meal, and how many days you want to eat that food. Here’s a practical example:
If you cook for yourself and want to have lunches and dinners ready for 3 days, you can choose two different recipes, each of which makes 3 servings.
This way you will have 2 meals a day for the next 3 days, which you can divide into individual containers and refrigerate.
You can then reheat and enjoy these meals over the next few days.
Storing foods that can last a long time in the refrigerator can save you time and make daily meal planning easier. Follow these tips for properly preparing, storing, and keeping food fresh so you can enjoy delicious meals all week long. Remember to experiment with different recipes and combinations to maintain variety in your diet. Check out other useful tips on our blog.