It's usually cheaper to buy in bulk but I'm single. So, I invested in a vacuum machine. The bags are boilable, microwavable & resealable. And I limit my trips to the store. Even cheese can be cut into smaller chunks & vacuum sealed for months! Meat , whole grain cereals, cheese, brown sugar, whole grain flour - anything that might go bad or get bugs can be shrink wrapped! Food stays fresher, longer & I save money!!
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Portion your food ahead of time. Make a large pot of your favorite carb (brown rice, beans, etc.) separate into single portions and freeze. Just pop one of your single servings into the micro for easy use when preparing your meal. This also works great with fruit for smoothies.
Cooking for One? Make the same recipe but immediately separate one portion and freeze the extra portions
I have tons of trouble with portion control when I cook. So, when I make a recipe that results in 4 servings, I try to immediately weigh out one portion to use, and freeze the rest in single portion containers - I label them with the recipe name & date using masking tape & a black sharpie.
This method insures that us single folks don't get bored eating the same thing over and over! You will eventually have a freezer stocked with many varieties of homemade single portion entrees, labeled and ready to roll. You can also write the calorie or carb count on the label!
Save money by cooking single portions - How? read this
I have always cooked in bulk making full use of my freezer thinking I was being as economical as possible. I have found the more I cook, the more I eat so I've started weighing + cooking single portions. I find I am more likely to stay within my calorie range, not over-eat (my biggest downfall), so my food lasts me longer and less trips to the shops, and the bonus is smaller portions cook so much faster that even though you cook more often, overall, you use less gas and electricity. Result.
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