Known mostly for their glass canning jars, Ball also has 8 oz plastic jars intended for freezer jam and such. I like to use them to plan my lunches and snacks during the week. The screw-on lids are liquid tight, making it easy to carry everything from carrot sticks to a serving of fruit juice without worrying about spills. The 8 oz size makes them great for portion control, and I can fill them on Sunday evening, so all I have to do during the week is grab and go!
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Pre-plan 7 breakfast and dinners, using up things in your freezer and pantry first, then get all the rest at once at the grocery store. Then on your day off cook, fill up the crockpot, roast a chicken, make freezer meals, and prep veggies in snacks bags. Use planned leftovers for lunch.
Prepping dry ingredients ahead of time for the holiday baking & cooking.
Before all the chaos begins start pre-measuring all the dry ingredients for your holiday cooking and baking recipes. I prefer storing large recipes in empty jars. I also like to use those tiny storage containers from Tupperware for the spices needed for...pumpkin pie for example. Masking tape works just fine for labeling the containers and it removes easily for washing. On baking day all I have to do is reach for a jar, add the wet ingredients and bake. So easy! Spreads out the cost, too.
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