On those days when you’re in a rush to get out the door, a good meal prep routine can be a saviour. Meal prep can help you make healthier choices, as well as being a solution to those ‘what am I going to eat for lunch’ dilemmas!
While it’s a no-brainer that you need plenty of food containers to store your prepared meals, there are also a few other tools you can use to make the process faster. All that peeling and chopping can add extra time to your meal prep, so here are some kitchen utensils that might help you get through it faster.
A good set of knives can make any kitchen amateur feel like a skilled chef. It can also significantly chops down the amount of time it takes for your meal prep (see what I did there? haha), especially when preparing a whole week’s worth of meals. Being able to slice and chop cleanly can also make your food look more appetising and presentable.
Using dull knives doesn’t just make chopping and dicing a chore, but it can actually be unsafe. If you have to apply a lot of pressure to the knives when chopping or they don’t cut through things easily, consider upgrading to a new set or having them professionally sharpened.
A good quality chopping board doesn’t just protect your benchtops. It can help keep your knives sharp and make cleanup simple. Look for boards with rubber stoppers on the bottom — they’ll grip the bench rather than sliding around as you slice. A bad chopping board will make using your knives difficult, when it should be simple.
Good kitchen hygiene is probably the most important thing to remember when it comes to your chopping boards. Use separate boards for raw foods and wash all boards in hot, soapy water.
For those weeks when you’re preparing a mountain of food, a mandolin slicer can make life so much easier! Even if you have a fabulous set of knives, using a mandolin puts consistency and speed on your side. Most mandolins come with a couple of blade attachments, so you can cut in a range of different thicknesses.
Mandolins are awesome for making chopped salads, and cutting thicker vegetables super fine. Just be careful when using it, as the blades are super sharp!
If you’re like me and love to use some fresh juice in your dressings, a juicer is a must! Fresh lemon or lime juice gives your salads a boost of extra flavour and can be easily mixed with olive oil for a simple dressing.
I know you’re all carefully washing your greens before eating them, right? If not, start doing so right this minute! A salad spinner is a handy little gadget to reduce the drying time of lettuce, spinach and other leafy greens. If you’re packing salad into a plastic container, you’ll want the greens to be as dry as possible so they stay fresh for longer. Your salad spinner can help remove the excess water from freshly washed greens both quickly and easily.
Making time each week to prepare a few days of meals can certainly have its rewards. It can cut your food wastage, help you eat better and may even help save money on your grocery bills. Finding a way to work meal preparation into your schedule can take a bit of getting used to, but using these tools can make the process much more efficient.
Do you girls have any meal prep tools you couldn’t live without? Let me know in the comments!