Having a large selection of containers and plastic bags helps, along with a digital scale, especially if you're the only human in the house. (People who live with other people don't have the same problems since food can be eaten up by the others right after preparation, although if they need to eat differently then my approach can help.)
The cups from Mott's natural applesauce are perfect for reuse. They have straight sides so they are easy to clean. I can spoon ice cream loosely into them and get the portion size I really do best with, about half the indicated serving size. Just put the container on the scale, tare, and stop adding when I reach the grams I actually want to eat. They're great for other things as well, such as various types of chips or nuts or seeds or dried fruit or cereal. I also have some ceramic bowls with about the same capacity, but can't beat the price on the recycled applesauce containers... Having small containers makes it easier to learn how to eyeball your servings of such things also when you don't feel like weighing.
Sometimes I'll actually preportion ice cream into 2oz freezer containers sold for baby food. But I don't need to do that with nondairy ice cream (thank you Ben & Jerry for now making it!) because without the allergenic dairy trigger, I am not stimulated to go overboard on it. So what you need to preportion also depends on your particular eating habits.
I use cheapie sandwich bags to portion out cookies, parts of bars or donuts or pies etc. , candy, popcorn-type snacks etc. before I eat any. Most of it goes into the freezer, those that don't are kept fresher that way, reducing the feeling of "gotta eat it before it goes stale". For example, 1/2 or 1/3 of a serving might make more sense for me so I just fill the bags accordingly and twist and knot the bag to seal. Then when I do want something, I just grab the small bag. Huge cookies or similar things in individual packages get broken into pieces in the package and put in the freezer before opening and might be repackaged when I go to eat the first piece. Sometimes I mark the weights on each little bag to make tracking easier.
When I use commercial frozen foods, I don't always eat the whole thing. A lot of times half a serving makes more sense. The rest gets put in a freezer/microwaveable container for another day. Some things like frozen potatoes or fancy veg blends are much easier to store and handle if I bag them into portions first. Pizzas get sliced and bagged and frozen before I eat the first slice since my innards do better with no more than a reasonable slice at a time. When I actually (gasp!) cook something, I divide the result into portions the same way.
The idea is to adjust your own portions to what you actually need rather than what the food vendor thinks you need in a serving. It's easier to do this with repackaging before storing. The portions indicated might be fine for someone larger or more active, but are often ridiculous for someone my size. I need to keep room in my diet for more of a variety of foods than that. Freezing whenever possible really helps because then you don't have any pressure to eat the rest and can just eat it when you really want it.
- 6/12/2016 4:02:15 PM