Kitchen Tips #2

More easy tips that will save time and money in the kitchen!  I use these tricks to save money and waste less food, as well as making clean-up so much easier and quicker. Meats are expensive to waste!

  • Line Baking Pans with foil to make it easier to clean up! Spray the foil with a cooking spray. After baking or roasting is finished (and cooled!), just throw away the used foil and a quick wash of the pan is all you need!

 

  • If you are concerned about using a commercial cooking spray, you can put some vegetable oil on a paper towel and rub on the foil. Or you can just pour a little oil and tilt the pan in all directions to spread the oil.

 

  • Meat, fish, and chicken can sometimes be bought at a great price when sold in a large bulk package.  BUT! If you let it go to waste, you haven’t saved any money.  Divide and freeze the meat within a day or two so the meat will not go bad.  Get those plastic zip bags out and put individual pieces (chicken, pork, etc.) in that you can used for just one meal.  If dividing ground beef, put about 1 pound in each bag since most recipes call for 1 or 2 pounds at a time.
Steak, Chicken and Pork = Several meals

Steak, Chicken and Pork = Several meals

Chicken Thighs - Ready for 3 Meals

Chicken Thighs – Ready for 3 Meals

 

  • Place meat for one typical meal in a bag.  1 pound of ground beef fits well in a quart size bag. Individual pieces of chicken, pork chops or ribs, also fit into a quart bag.  There are great “portion-size” bags available now that make it easier to divide and thaw what you need! I like to put my 1-portion pieces in their little bags. Then I can put several of those into a gallon size bag for double protection. There not as easy to lose in the freezer, either!
Pork Loin, cut in half for 2 different meals

Pork Loin, cut in half for 2 different meals

Steaks and Chicken Strips - 5 more meals

Steaks and Chicken Strips – 5 more meals

 

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