Prepare perishable foods soon after shopping. That makes it easier to whip up meals later in the week, saving time, effort and money.
Here are a few tips:
- When you get home from the store, wash, dry, chop, dice, slice and place your fresh food items in clear storage containers for snacks and easy cooking.
- Befriend your freezer and visit it often. Freeze food such as bread, sliced fruit or meat that you know you won’t be able to eat in time.
- Cut your time spent preparing food each week by batch cooking entire meals ahead of time that can be stored in the fridge or freezer.
- Prepare and cook perishable items, then freeze them for use throughout the month. For example, bake and freeze chicken breasts or fry and freeze taco meat.
*Clearly label and date your food items to help identify what needs to be eaten first.