I was inspired by a friend who went on a marathon food-prepping session – following a plan from StockpilingMoms.com
I picked the most appealing plan and hit the grocery store with the pre-made list from the site. This, after two weeks of trying to eat up other leftovers and clear out one whole drawer of the freezer. With a total bill of $300 (including some leftovers like olive oil, lemon juice, etc), I will have twenty meals of four servings each – stored flat in the freezer and ready to simply throw in the slow cooker/crockpot. Ready and delicious with just a side or two to prepare.
It did take a while, but the cat seemed to find it more exhausting than I did. I prepped and labelled the Ziploc bags yesterday, and then went ahead filling the bags, starting with one type of meat, and moving through the rest. I kept my compost out and my recycling bin handy, and really only used a few knives and several cutting boards. I am beyond thrilled with my stockpile of food. Although my wife is eating vegetarian, and on most days I do as well, some of these meals have meat and will be great while I’m replenishing my iron stores post birth with a high dose of protein.
My pictures don’t look very different from the ones on the StockpilingMoms website!
Check out the site for some handy and well-organized meal and grocery plans to suit anyone, from full vegetarian to Paleo.
Perhaps this is the ‘nesting’ everyone talks about. Let me know if you have other tips and hacks for new moms!