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Stasher Bags make meal prep and freezing meals in advance super duper easy, and we're here to show you a few tips and tricks to motivate you and get you started. Sometimes life happens and you just don't have time to cook a meal, but want something nourishing and homemade instead of picking over your pantry and fridge for whatever you can find.
DESIGNATE A TIME
I know firsthand how hard it can be to find time to do things that don't necessarily feel like a necessity, but setting aside 2-3 hours every week will save you time in the long run and will benefit you more than not. Lots of people like to do some meal prepping on Sundays, or at the very least two Sundays (or any day that works) a month. You might not think this will be enough time, but try it out and see for yourself. It WILL make a difference!
DOUBLE YOUR RECIPE
If finding time throughout the week to meal prep feels too hard, then you can choose to double your favorite recipes while cooking, and freeze the extra portion. It will hardly add any extra time to your day and will produce extra meals so easily. Before you know it your freezer will be stocked!
FREEZE YOUR FAVORITE SAUCES
Having pre-made sauces on hand can inspire a really quick meal. Seeing your favorite pesto or grandma's homemade marinara recipe chilling on the freezer shelf can invoke a desire for a warm pasta or veggie dish. Just freeze the sauces in the ice cube tray and pop them into your Stasher bag of choice once frozen. Then dividing out the portion you need could not be easier.
FREEZE BROTHS FOR SOUPS
This is definitely one of my favorite meal prep tricks. Making a soup is incredibly quick and easy if you have your preferred broth on hand. For my household, anytime we have a roast chicken and are low on stock, we slow cook the carcass and drippings for 24 hours to produce many portions of stock. Once cooked, we freeze in silicone trays and then transfer to our Stasher Stand Up until we're ready to use it. You can also freeze big batches of veggie or beef stock, whatever is your fav! Want to see one of my go-to soup recipes? Check it out HERE!
FOODS THAT FREEZE WELL
Needs some ideas of fabulous freezer meals? Well here you go!
Frittata, Quiche, Burrito, Lasagna, Soups, Chili, Stews, Banana Bread, Scones, All sauces like Bolognese and Marinara, Casseroles, Meatballs, Meat or Veggie Pies, Chicken Tikka Masala, Kebabs, Fish Cakes, Curried Potato Pasties, Cheeseburgers, French Fries, Sweet Potato Fries, Cannelloni, Homemade Fish Fingers, Fried Prawn Rice, Veggie Burgers and on and on it goes. Just google for more ideas!
WAYS TO REHEAT
Did you know that Stasher Bags can go straight from freezer to oven? Yes it can! Just leave the seal open, place it on baking sheet or oven-safe pan, and place it directly in the oven. Saves on time and on washing up too.
Personally we are not a microwave family and don't actually own one, but for those of you who are, Stashers can go in the microwave too! Just remember to leave the bag open when microwaving and it will be defrosted or cooked in minutes.
We hope these tips and tricks have given you a little inspiration towards streamlining your meal prepping and planning. And if you have any of your own ideas, please do share below in the comments. Our community would love to learn more!Continue reading
Looking for ways to create a more sustainable bathroom? Let's take a step into my shower to give you some ideas, and check out the items I love to use the most in my bathing routine!
1. Plain Products Organic Liquid Shampoo & Conditioner: I have used shampoo bars before, but after some trial and error, this product has become my top choice for washing my locks. Organic, vegan and safe for the waterways, it's also packaged in a recyclable or reusable aluminum bottle with an aluminum cap. How awesome!
2. Bareaya Safety Razor: I've used a handful of razors along my safety razor journey, and this one is hands down the best. So easy to use without nicking yourself, great for both men and women alike, super beautiful and designed right here in Hong Kong. Big crush!
3. Olive Oil Soap Bar with Pearwood Soap Dish: I'm in love with this soap by Marius Fabre because of it's purity and moisturizing qualities. It may seem expensive, but it lasts much longer than other soaps, especially if you allow it to dry out in between uses. Handmade in France and cooked in a cauldron to traditional Marseille soap-making methods, it also requires very little packaging! And the soap dish? Well it's just plain gorgeous and looks great on my white tub:)
4. Natural Sea Sponge: Responsibly harvested by hand from the Mediterranean, these sponges are a perfect sustainable alternative to synthetic sponges, are super absorbent, lather very easily and gentle on all skin types. Care for it properly by squeezing it dry and air drying between uses, and it was also last a very long time. And the cherry on top? It makes a great natural bath toy for the kids!
5. Wooden Foot File: This ones all about the self-care! Extend the length of your pedicures and keep that dry skin at bay. For me one of these is a necessity if I want to keep my feet looking presentable, and what's better than a wooden option!
Feeling a little bit confused about the difference between compostable and biodegadable? Don't worry, you're not the only one! Both words get used quite frequently in the sustainability world, but they are quite different! Let's set the record straight...
While all compostable material is also biodegradable, not all biodegradable material is compostable
Compostable materials are broken down with human intervention, while biodegradable materials break down naturally
Compostable materials break down quickly and within a specified timeframe, while biodegradable materials are not held to a specific timeframe and could take years (like steel products which will eventually rust)
Both processes should not cause any harm to the environment, while composting is known to also be beneficial to soil
Many companies may use these terms to "greenwash" their products and make them appear more eco-friendly than they actually are