Have your weekly menu ready in no time by planning the right way
We know that with your busy lifestyle, there’s never enough time to get everything done. And at the end of the day, the last thing you want to do when you get home is head straight into the kitchen. But did you know that with some planning, you only have to cook for one or two nights and still have a complete weekly meal plan? It’s true! The trick is knowing how to store food in the freezer so that you can enjoy practically fresh, homemade food all week long. Here’s how:
Separate when you freeze
While preparing your weekly meal plan, don’t freeze different foods together. For example, when you make the classic chicken and rice dish Chicken & Rice , along with some Spicy Cilantro Chicekn Wings dressed with the Latin touch of Knorr® Chicken flavor Bouillon and Country Crock® Calcium plus Vitamin D , store them in separate containers. That way they’ll stay fresh longer and the flavors won’t blend together. Do the same when freezing raw foods.
Store equal portions
If you freeze your weekly meal in equal portions and in individual containers, you only have to defrost what you’ll be eating that day. Remember, once your food has thawed, you can’t freeze it again or it won’t stay fresh. Try cooking as much as you can at once, so that you have enough food to last all week.
Label your food
Put labels on your food containers, identifying them with names and dates to know what you froze and how long it will last. You can also label the containers by days, which will keep your weekly meal plan and your freezer organized.
Freeze salsas and dressing
You can freeze salsas and dressings to add flavor to meats and salads whenever you feel like some zest. For example, prepare a large enough portion of Guava Chipotle Dressing to go with these tasty Meatballs with Guava Sauce , made with the delicious flavor of Knorr® Chicken flavor Bouillon , and use the rest of the dressing on your salads.
As an extra tip, this is how long you should keep certain foods in the freezer
• Up to two months: sliced meats
• Up to three months: bread and seafood
• Up to six months: pork, cakes and baked goods
• Up to eight months: lamb
• Up to 10 months: chicken, fowl and fruits
• Up to 12 months: beef, vegetables and beans.