Being an adult means taking on a lot of responsibilities, and this becomes all the more important when you have kids. Between budgeting, paying bills, and keeping your home clean, the responsibilities of adulthood can be overwhelming. Too many people rely on ordering food from restaurants and ready-made meals, which can be bad for your health and your wallet. If you learn how to properly stock your home and develop the habit of cooking all your meals, you can eat healthier, cheaper, and better.
Stock Up Your Freezer
Frozen food gets a bad reputation, mainly because ready-made frozen meals are often made with little regards to nutrition. But freezing in itself doesn’t take any nutrients away from your food. If you’re worried about stocking up a deep freezer, freezer alarms are a great option to alert you of any changes in the temperature and avoid spoiling a big batch of food. Here are some foods you may consider keeping frozen supplies of at all times.
Buy When In Season, Freeze For Later
Fresh fruits and vegetables are best eaten raw and when in season. However, if you know that you won’t be cooking them, then you won’t mind them being frozen. A great example is freezing fruits and berries when they are in season (bonus: they’ll be cheaper) and using them in smoothies. The same holds true for frozen peas, or other veggies you plan on using in stews or soups.
Sometimes Frozen Means Fresher
Ever noticed that boutique butchers only sell their steaks flash-frozen? The same goes for high quality seafood. In reality, flash freezing techniques allow food to be frozen when it is freshest without destroying the texture of the food. Thus, sometimes buying frozen is fresher. The steaks at the butcher have been sitting around all day waiting for someone to buy them, whereas a frozen steak is likely frozen pretty much right after the animal is slaughtered—technically that makes it fresher.
Airtight Containers Are Your Pantry’s Best Friend
Most of us think of our pantries as a place to store canned goods and other foods that we typically find in a box. However, if you invest in air tight containers, and try to buy in bulk (often more economic), then you can keep your pantry well-stocked with a lot of food. Things like rice, legumes, and spices can keep for a long time if stored properly. These things generally don’t have an expiration date, and when you buy in bulk, you can negotiate better prices most of the time.
To conclude, you can keep your kitchen fully stocked for a lot cheaper if you simply adjust your idea of what fresh foods are. Use your freezer to its full potential, and don’t forget that freezing doesn’t take away from any food’s nutritional value. As for the pantry, proper storage methods are the best way to ensure that foods stay fresh for longer. Now all that’s left is to get into the habit of cooking your meals at home for the most part. Meal prepping is a great way to start.