Tips: Make One Batch of Plain Meat (Chicken/Pork, etc.), Make Different Recipes and Save for Later!
Updated: Aug 26, 2020
This is sort of 2 tips in 1 post! These tips can help save you time and you won't get bored of what you are eating too! It's especially helpful if you are cooking for 1 or 2 people. They might be obvious to you, but maybe they will be helpful! :)
This is particularly helpful if you are making pulled pork or pulled chicken (things that take a long time), etc., but it can apply to chicken breasts or many things actually. However, though I buy frozen shrimp and they cook well -- I wouldn't take frozen shrimp, cook them, and then re-freeze them, not sure that would taste great. But I think this tip works for beef, chicken, pork etc.
Tip #1: Make One Batch of Plain Meat and Make Different Recipes
I came up with this when I was trying out the Instant Pot and making 3 lbs. of pulled pork -- a lot for 1 person!
I cooked the pulled pork plain (with no spices) for 1 hour 30 min. Then I portioned out the meat into smaller 8 oz. portions (which last me a couple meals). With these 8 oz. portions, I added different spices.
I have also mentioned this with chicken breasts. If you bake a few plain chicken breasts (or just with salt & pepper) for 15 or 20 min., then you can use them in different recipes.
It's true the flavors may not penetrate as much as if you cooked them with raw meat, but it saves you time and tastes pretty good.
Photos: Left - Instant Pot Pulled Pork recipe from createkidsclub.com - check out that post. Right - Pulled pork with Mama Sita's Filipino Adobo mix.
Tip #2: Save for Later!
If you don't think you are going to eat all of it in the next few days or just want to plan for the future, then you can take some of your portions of and freeze them in Tupperware or Ziplock bags.
You can freeze them plain -- and add spices later or freeze different recipes.
This also saves you time if you are busy (or lazy, haha!) on a future day and it helps keep you from getting bored with what you're eating.
Whenever you want to eat it, just put it in the fridge the day before to start to thaw it,
then I microwave for 2 min. or so and then cook with it like if it was fresh
Or just add some spices (shown below - Filipino Pork Adobo (Pulled Pork) - check out that post)
Or you can just microwave until it's warm and eat it!
Give it a try! We are good at this!
Photos: Left - Out of the fridge (from the freezer); Right - After I microwaved it for 2 min. and added some powder