One mom hit back after critics labeled her freezer for bulk cooking as ‘not fresh’ and ‘lazy’.
Australian Monique posted on Facebook sharing photos of her thawed chili and beans alongside a fresh salad and tacos she prepared for dinner the night before.
“Last week I shared photos of my bulk cooking and I got a lot of hate because my meals weren’t fresh and I was lazy,” Monique wrote.
“I wanted to share, this is one of the bags I thawed this morning and cooked after running around all day.
A Mother Has Knocked Back After Critics Labeled Her Freezer In Bulk Cooking Approach Of Meals As ‘Not Fresh’ And ‘Lazy’ (Monique’s Evening Meal Depicted)
Monique posted on Facebook sharing photos of her thawed chili and beans, alongside a fresh salad and tacos she prepared for dinner the night before (photo)
Earlier, Monique revealed how she prepares 30 meals for two for just $ 2.50 per serving and then stores them all in zipper bags flat in her freezer (photo)
‘The pan is a chili with beans and I made a fresh salad as a side dish or to add to a taco. Looking damn fresh to me! ‘
Earlier, Monique revealed how she prepares 30 meals for two for just $ 2.50 per serving and then stores them all in zippered pockets flat in her freezer so she just has to grab a meal at dinner.
“Every night I thaw a bag in my fridge and by dinner I just have to bake it or add it to my slow cooker in the morning,” said Monique.
Storing her food in freezer bags not only saves space in the freezer, it also takes less time to thaw a meal when she is in a hurry.
Storing her food in freezer bags not only saves space in the freezer, it also takes less time to defrost a meal when she is in a hurry (Monique’s meals in the photo)
While thousands were impressed by the time-saving approach to meal preparation, others quickly jumped in to say that it was a ‘lazy’ way of making dinners and that the food she would give her family was definitely not ‘fresh’ ‘ used to be.
“Looks like dog food,” wrote one commenter.
“It doesn’t look very fresh,” added another.
While thousands were impressed (pictured), others were quick to say that it was a ‘lazy’ way of making dinners and the food she would give her family was by no means ‘fresh’
When it comes to how she prepares her bulk meal, Monique explained that she first writes a detailed shopping list of what to buy and where to find it.
“Online is better, but I find savings when I go to Coles or Aldi,” said Monique.
Then, when she had her food at the grocery stores, she explained that she would set aside some time – usually about three hours – for cooking and labeling the zipper bags.
On each bag, Monique said she will write not only what the recipe is (chicken curry, for example), but also what to add to it (rice and sour cream).
This means she’s never confused about what something is when she takes it out of the freezer.
What are Monique’s tips for cooking in bulk?
* Label your bags with both the meal, what to add and when you made it so you know all the details.
* To make the freezer bags as flat as possible, remove as much air as possible and scoop enough food into them so that they are full and not filled with air.
* Mix the meals when you put them flat in the freezer, so you don’t have to grab meatloaf four times in a row.
* Check them the day after freezing to make sure they are going well.
* Do not leave a meal frozen for more than three months, because then it can get bad.
This time, Monique said she made meals from ground beef, beef, sausages, and chicken.
Different meals require similar things (like spaghetti bolognese and chili), so she makes her ground beef with the salt, pepper, garlic, onion, and tomatoes in one large serving, then divide it into the sachets for a later date.
“I also buy the cheap frozen vegetable packs from Coles and throw in a full pack to fill up my ground beef,” said Monique.
“It doesn’t hurt to add more vegetables and it makes it bigger!”
This way she knows exactly how much food she has, she never wastes half a can or half an onion – and all she has to do is ‘dump and go’ if she wants to cook or heat up.
Monique calls her approach to cooking the ‘dump bag approach’ because it means she always has something ready to cook
If you want to try the approach, Monique said to label the bags with both what you made, when you made it, and what to add to it
If you want to try the ‘dump bag’ meal prep idea yourself, Monique said there are a few things to look out for.
First, it is absolutely essential that you label your bags as you are unlikely to remember exactly what you have in your freezer and when you made it.
Secondly, Monique added that the freezer bags should be ‘as flat as possible’ with little air in it, as this means it can hold more food.
“Mix the meals when you put them flat in your freezer so you don’t have four meatballs in a row,” said Monique.
“Check them the next day to make sure they’re all freezing.
Sometimes the middle stacked may not be frozen. I’ve never had frostbite. ‘
She added, “I don’t leave a meal frozen for more than three months.”