Make your freezer your best friend and a great meal is never more than a few minutes away. You can save loads of time and money by making larger quantities of meals than you need, and storing portions in the fridge or freezer – this is ‘batching’.
Save plastic tubs, foil boxes, plastic bags and clingfilm to freeze food in. You don’t need to spend money on expensive boxes – you can wash out margarine or ice cream tubs and save other food containers. If you’re planning to use them in the microwave, make sure they’re safe for this.
Think about what portion sizes will work best – are you feeding your hungry teenage son, your toddler or the whole family?
If you’re short of containers, put a plastic bag or clingfilm inside one, pour the food into it and put it in the freezer. Once it’s frozen, take the food out of the container and store it in the clingfilm or plastic bag. You can re-use the container – just remember to put the food back in a container when you defrost it.