Great feasts are always memorable. But not every meal over the holidays is the marquee turkey dinner. As life goes on during the festive season, there are plenty of meals that need to be created and, hopefully, enjoyed. And with all the shopping, hosting and planning of big events, most of us do not have time to cook a feast for our regular meals. Everyday meals need to be affordable and practical as well as delicious and fortifying—just what you need to keep going during this busy time.
Cozy on comfort
It's time to get snug with comfort foods: hardy fare that’s simply prepared and associated with the warmth of home. Foods that are rib-clinging good, and ideal for saving and serving again: the make it once, eat it twice variety. Dishes such as beef stroganoff, black bean soup, chili, chicken pot pies, casseroles, lasagnas and pot roasts, to name just a few.
The two keys to comfort-food strategy are making the right amount to fit your dining plans and properly storing for future use. Of course it can be wise to take advantage of sales and buy extra for freezer meals, but stick to a plan. A lack of foresight can lead to overbuying and waste. Roughly calculate what your family will consume in a single sitting, purchase the necessary ingredients, and try to build meals based on the number of times you wish to enjoy that dish. Rubbermaid can help you store the leftovers. Dispense with your random assortment of margarine tubs and other unreliable plastic containers—they won’t protect your freezer fare. The Premier line of food storage is freezer-safe (not to mention safe for microwave and dishwasher), has Flex & Seal™ lids that are easy to seal and remove and StainShield technology that resists stains and odors. And perhaps best of all: it’s a snap to clean and is made of durable shatterproof plastic. With no surprise leaks or explosions to withstand, the inside of your freezer will be a better place.
The big freeze
Now that you know what to store your comfort goodies in, you need to put some thought into how they’ll be effectively stored. Here are some strategies for organizing containers in the freezer at this (or any other) time of year.