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The Ultimate Guide to Meal Prep Storage and How to Keep Your Meals Fresh

Ultimate Guide to Meal Prep MealPlanMagic Meal Plan Software Template

First things first: all of your preps need to go into the refrigerator within two hours -- and just one hour if your room temperature is 90 F or higher -- of coming out of the oven. Letting them sit out any longer puts you at higher risk of food poisoning. Food-borne illness causing bacteria can proliferate so quickly that they actually double every twenty minutes! Your delicious and lovingly prepared preps can become little toxin bombs in very little time, so please please please be careful to put it into the fridge quickly.  

 

Glass Vs. Plastic: Choosing The Best Meal Prep Containers

Glass vs. Plastic Choosing the Best Meal Prep Containers MealPlanMagic Template Software Meal Plan
If you're about to make even a small investment in kitchen storage and meal prep containers, the debate between which is better—glass or plastic—probably has landed squarely on your table.

Official Reasons To Use Glass Meal Prep Containers Over Plastic For Food Storage

Official Reasons To Use Glass Meal Prep Containers Over Plastic For Food Storage
Do you cringe when you see that colleague in the lunchroom heating up their delicious lunch in a PLASTIC MEAL PREP CONTAINER?? I DO! If you answered no, perhaps you haven’t stopped to research exactly what is in that plastic that surrounds and smothers your food.

Meal Planning Basics: How Long Does Prepped Food Last?

Meal Planning Basics: How Long Does Prepped Food Last?

You're making a valiant effort to make food prep more than a goal in your life; you want to make it part of your weekly routine.

And for good reason: food prep is one of those meal planning basics that saves you time and keeps your healthy meal plan on track, whether you define “food prep” as cutting and chopping fruits and vegetables, mixing a marinade, or preparing a vegetable casserole so that all you have to do is pop it in the oven.

13 Trusted Methods For Storing Food Safely And Extending Shelf-Life

13 Trusted Methods For Storing Food Safely And Extending Shelf-Life
One of the most common questions we’ve encountered is “What are the best/safest methods for storing food?”  Well, here are the answers. These tips are focused on refrigerating and freezing foods. That said, don’t forget that foods sitting at room temperature (dry pasta, for example) should not be stored anywhere near cleaning supplies. Also, don’t forget to wash your hands when dealing with your food. So, without further ado...

The Complete Guide To Storing Prepped Veggies

The Complete Guide To Storing Prepped Veggies
Half the battle of cooking a healthy meal is taking the time to cut up all the vegetables you’re using. In fact, a 2014 study published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine found that those who spent more time on preparing food ate healthier meals that included more fruits and vegetables. Prepping all of those veggies at the beginning of the week can help you to make the most of your meal prep time, while encouraging healthy eating!

Meal Planning Basics: How To Store Prepped Food

Meal Planning Basics: How To Store Prepped Food

It just might be time for an apron—the full-body type that chefs proudly wear in their kitchen.

You're not just getting the hang of food prep; you're becoming a diligent student of the kitchen, having read previous articles from our “recipe book” such as “Five Food Prep Tips for Beginners,” “Meal Planning Basics: How Long Does Prepped Food Last” and “Glass vs. Plastic: Choosing the Best Meal Prep Containers.”