I want to talk meal-prep essentials. Or, at the very least, what in my opinion, are the absolute “must-haves” for prepping and portioning out your meals for the week.
Although not as critical to an organized food prep environment as sanitation and storage, being efficient and organized in the kitchen is an excellent life skill to have, and also necessary for successful meal prep. In other words, being organized and clean are the secrets to taking the tedium out of the meal prep equation.
Before we can even get started preparing food to serve and eat, it is essential to educate and equip yourself with basic food safety and handling knowledge. You can spend hours creating a weeks’ worth of lovely meals, but if something wasn’t stored at the correct temperature, or somewhere along the line cooked foods were exposed to raw meats, it will all be for nothing.
This is the first in a three-part series that takes an in-depth look at grocery shopping. Believe it or not, there’s a lot more to your standard shopping trip than you think! In Part I, we’ll examine the how and why of our decision making. Part II will cover money saving, list-making, and time-management when deciding to grocery shop, and in Part III I will discuss some secrets for getting the most out of your shopping trip.