posted by Mark McGill, RD
Looking for a last-minute gift idea? Why not give the gift of meal planning and organization? One of the reasons people eat out is convenience i.e. they have nothing on hand or prepared to eat.
Create your very own, home-cooked frozen entree with a vacuum sealer. How? When you cook, cook extra servings. Instead of 1 or 2 chicken breasts, make 4. Instead of ½ cup rice make 1 ½ cups. Then put portions aside for later. I suggest freezing your entire meal on a single plate. Record the date and amounts and you’re all set for when you find yourself wondering what to eat.
Foods can last for years using this system and store compactly in your freezer. You’ll save time, money and eat healthier (think of the sodium in take out foods and store-bought frozen meals).
I have a FoodSaver® vacuum sealer http://www.foodsavercanada.com/Index.aspx (pictured above) that does the job nicely. It sells for around $200.00 with extra bags costing ~$40.00 for a 6-roll pack. There is a manual product available at Home Hardware but I’m not familiar as to how it compares.
Stay tuned…in January I’ll show you in pictures how I create a home-made frozen meal.
Have a Safe and Happy Holiday Season!