Panning your meals in advance is a success, and this tip will help you one step further. I like to buy the family packs of meat and the separate them into meal appropriate portions. It's extremely economical. Before freezing, season your meat with whatever seasonings and/or marinade. As the meat thaws out they will marinate as well and you can have so many meals prepared in advance this way. It also saves you time because you are doing all the seasoning at once.
It also helps to label the bags. It's easy to forget what's inside. Also, larger meats like sausage or roasts, are sometimes better when cut before freezing to reduce thawing time and aid in preparation for cooking.
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If you have a package of chicken you plan to freeze, divide the chicken into individual meal-sized containers. Add your favorite marinade, label and freeze. When you are ready for that meal, move the portion in the morning to the refrigerator to thaw. It will marinate while it is thawing.
when I buy fresh fruit, I always prepare it, (peel and dice) then put some in the fridge, some in serving size bags in the freezer. I use the frozen servings in lunch boxes, they keep the food cool and thaw by lunch time. For snacks, I only let them partially thaw, enough for comfortable eating. These are expecially good for hot weather snacks or refreshers at work like construction where you need extra liquid and cooling.491
Melons like watermelon or cantelope are great this way Use the more solid fruits as ones like oranges tend to get muchy. A great way to get vitamins, liguid, fiber, treats, healthy and cool off at the same time
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