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So far, so good. I’m already seeing space freeing up and money being saved as we’ve eaten some things that were purchased but long forgotten. Rather than go into detail about our meals for the day, I thought it might be better to share a great tip that I picked up along the way.

As a working  lady, I know it is difficult practically impossible to carve out time to prepare home-cooked meals every night. You leave for work and half-way through the day you realize that you forgot to marinate the steak or, without thinking ahead you throw that 15lb bulk package of chicken into the freezer… whoops!  This is where the random tip comes in handy. You hear it all the time: “Buying in bulk saves money.” Well, it’s true but unless you’ve got a family of 10, you should break that 15lb package of chicken breasts into separate portions. This little pointer will go one step further: add a marinade while you bag it up.

If you’re going to freezer bag 2 breasts at a time anyhow, you might as well throw in a zesty marinade while you’re at it. I wish I remember where I got this ingenious tip, because I’d love to give credit where it’s due. It might sound silly to freeze marinade with the meat because it won’t do any good right away but it’ll save you a whole day in the future… no lie. Normally, you’d have to give the meat a day in the fridge to thaw and then a night of marinading until it’s ready to cook. Now, while it’s thawing during the day it’ll be doing double duty by soaking up the marinade at the same time. It’s like getting a free 12 hours today in exchange for 5 minutes last week. Sounds like a good deal to me!

Try it out and mix it up. Some of my favorites are: rosemary and olive oil chicken, Jamaican jerk chicken, barbecue chicken, honey and ginger chicken/pork,  A1 steaks, and Chipotle Lime steaks (all using store-bought marinades).  Don’t forget to label the freezer packs or you might as well throw money down the drain with your leftovers because I can guarantee you will never EVER use them if you can’t remember what’s inside.

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