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.
Learning how to meal prep can save you time throughout the week while minimizing food waste. Prepping your meals ahead of time ensures that you stay on track with your meal plan.
There is a bit of a learning curve when figuring out how to meal prep in the way that works best for you, but no matter your strategy, these meal prep necessities will help you along the way.
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.”