Like the Bento Boxes, but far more economical
It is important in this hectic world we live in, that we take time to just enjoy life and that isn’t always easy to do. With jobs, homes, kids, playing taxi and all of our other jobs, there often isn’t enough time to just enjoy life. Then poof, the years go by and you look back and say “if only”.
Now you are probably wondering why all of this is coming up in a discussion about storage containers, well, I’m getting to that. If you add up all the time you spend on grocery shopping, food preparation and clean up in the kitchen, it amounts to a significant amount of time each month. If you can cut down on that time, while still providing delicious and healthy food, that gives you more time for the important things in life, like enjoying time with your children. Now if you can get your children involved in cutting down that time, that’s even better. So this is where the storage containers come into play.
Cooking in bulk is an easy way to cut down on meal prep time and kitchen clean up. When ground beef goes on sale I will buy it in bulk and then, along with my daughter will spend a couple hours “processing it” as we call it. I will see what we are running short of in the freezer such as hamburgers, meat loafs, meat balls etc. and use the meat to replenish our stockpile. Then when dinner time comes around I can just pop a meatloaf directly from the freezer into the oven or throw some meat balls directly into a pan and brown them. You get the idea.
Well, what I also do is make dinners that just need to be popped into the microwave. For example if we had meatloaf, mashed potatoes, gravy and corn for dinner and there are leftovers, I will grab a storage container like this UPACKE 3 compartment container and make up a dinner for the freezer.Even if all I have is say meatloaf and gravy left, I will just put that in the freezer and the next time we have left over potatoes or a vegetable, I will finish off the dinner. I have even cooked an extra meatloaf and potatoes to make several ready made dinners for the freezer.
These dinners save money because they make use of small amounts of leftover food and also save time on busy nights. They also come in handy if I am going to be home alone, I can just heat one up and have a nice dinner ready in minutes.
You can also use these to make up a fresh lunch to bring to work and put salad, fruit and yogurt in the trays or anything of that nature. Make up a couple at a time and keep them in the fridge for you to bring to work.
I am addicted to these types of containers and the UPACKE ones are very well made with snug fitting lids and come 12 containers to a box and it also comes with plastic utensils that look like silverware. There are 12 each of forks, knives and spoons. They are microwave safe and withstand temperatures up to 260°F. They are also dishwasher safe.