More and more people seem to be doing it: ‘meal prepping’ or preparing meals in advance. Handy if you have a busy week ahead of you. Or if you always want to be assured of a healthy snack. Those who follow a diet or want to be sure of healthy lunches or snacks will soon have a whole series of trays in the kitchen. This includes the pre-prepared meals. Very popular for families.
You make healthier choices if you are not tired or in a hurry and with a little thought you limit the amount of food you throw away. That is why the government’s knowledge institute shares tips on how to do it best, prepping.
Tips To Prepare Food And Keeping It Safe For The Family
- Cool. Whoever makes a hot meal must let the food cool before it goes into the fridge or freezer. Ensure that the dish or pan no longer steams, but do not leave it outside of the fridge for too long. Hold for half an hour rather than two. Then you prevent bacteria from multiplying.
- Do not store too long. Food that has already been prepared cannot be kept that long. The Voedingscentrum recommends that a meal should not be stored in the refrigerator for longer than two days. If you cook for more than two days, you better freeze those meals. They then have a shelf life of three months.
- Close well. Use containers that can be closed properly. Use stickers on which you state when you have put the container in the freezer.
- Keep your food well. Prepared meals must be stored at the correct temperature. The ideal temperature for your refrigerator is 4 degrees Celsius, for the freezer, this is -18 degrees. You can put meals from the freezer in the fridge the night before to defrost. You can also defrost small portions in the microwave. Do not allow food to defrost outside of the fridge all day or night.
- Heat well. It is important to heat pre-prepared meals well (in a pan or in the microwave). If you use the microwave, remember to mix well halfway through the meal. Then the meal becomes completely hot.
- Use your ingredients more than once. Provide variety and prepare different dishes with the same vegetables. Do you cook a whole pan of broccoli? Then eat the broccoli one day with rice and chicken, and the other day with nuts in a salad.
- Cook from the cupboard. You can prevent food waste by opening the pantry and seeing what is already in the house. Is there meat or fish in your fridge or freezer that needs to be put on? Then incorporate it into your dish, advises the knowledge institute.
On a side note, always practice safety in the kitchen by proper installation of electric wirings for all your kitchen appliances. To ensure proper installation of electric wirings, contact a professional electrician Joondalup. While it may cost you a few bucks, your safety can be insured.