Looking for more evenings free with your family? Try big-batch cooking. Set aside a day each week to cook some favorite reheatable meals for the days ahead and enjoy your newfound free time throughout the rest of the week.
1. Plan your menu.
Make a list of family favorites, like casseroles, stews and stir-fries.
2. Shop smart.
Check the pantry for what you’ve already got. Don’t forget to double or triple your recipe.
3. Plan for storage.
Make sure you have the appropriate containers and enough space in your fridge or freezer.
4. Date your containers.
Track leftovers with some tape and a marker by jotting down the date you cooked an item on its container.
5. Clean up as you cook.
It helps keep the mess under control. Better yet, get the kids to help.
6. Enjoy the leftovers!
Don’t forget they’re in the fridge or freezer. Refrigerated foods are best within three days.