This One Tiny Thing Will Speed Up Your Food Prep
Protein can be pricey but with this quick trick, you'll save time and money fast.
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It seems that saving a lot of money at the grocery store usually means you have to shop in bulk. When you know the grocery store’s sale days, you can stock up on staples like ground beef to freeze and cook later. But it’s inconvenient to freeze an entire package of meat, especially when you’re cooking for one or two. You’ll end up defrosting the whole thing but only using half the package!
There’s got to be a better way…
Our Simple Solution
You’re likely buying enough fresh meat to feed a crowd—I know I am—even when you only plan to cook an easy weeknight dinner for two. Instead of tossing the whole thing in the freezer, portion out the meat before you freeze it. (It’s that simple.) Just cut the beef into 1/4-lb. sections, so you can use what you need instead of defrosting an entire package.
Doing this will make it so much easier to cook dinner!
Ground beef generally comes in a 1-lb. package, which is about four servings. When you’re meal-prepping for one, you don’t need the whole pound all at once. Just divide the beef into quarters, and double-wrap it to prevent freezer burn. I like to wrap it in a layer of plastic wrap, then a layer of aluminum foil. Make sure to press the plastic wrap up against the meat to create an airtight seal. (Psst: Now that you’re craving ground beef, here’s some terrific meal inspiration.)
Use the same technique when you’ve stocked up on chicken breasts or tenders, and even an expensive steak. Just slice the steak in two or put the individual chicken pieces in separate freezer bags. You can easily defrost one or more servings when you’re ready.
Last, don’t forget to label everything with the date. Here’s how long ground beef, uncooked chicken and other meats can be kept in the freezer.
Now congratulate yourself. Your new trick just saved a ton of time and cash.