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Cooking in Bulk and Freezing

If I’m not cooking most of the week, why would there be a problem with dishes?

If anything, this keeps my kitchen cleaner.

[quote]borrek wrote:

[quote]Vicomte wrote:

[quote]borrek wrote:
Do yourself a favor, and buy a vacuum sealer. Sam’s Club has a nice one for around a hundred bucks. This is chicken, steak, and halibut all charcoal grilled on one batch of coals. Took me 45 minutes to cook it all. I don’t even bother freezing these, fridge only. They get nuked in the bag still and taste like theyre fresh off of the grill. All of the juices stay locked in, and the steaks even stay at medium rare throughout the microwaving.[/quote]

I just have to say, that is the least appetizing picture I’ve ever seen of appetizing food.

And, I tried a vacuum sealer once, but it seemed like a lot of bullshit, but I hear a lot of good things about them…

Any opinions on brands and processes? My fridge blows, and I find my chicken goes bad before I can cook it, half the time…[/quote]

In my defense, that pic was more to show quantity than quality. It looks better on the plate.

I use FoodSaver brand and I basically just charcoal grill the meat, let it rest 5 minutes so the juices reabsorb and then I seal it while still hot. Once it cools a little I throw it in the fridge and it will last at least 10 days with no degradation in quality. I usually eat through that much quicker though - I only found out it was still good after 10 days when I forgot about a chicken breast while on vacation. Tasted yummy when I got home.

EDIT: hmmm looks like tnation decided to rotate my picture for me…lol looks tastier if you tilt your head[/quote]

Looks better there. Supposing one can’t grill that often?

[quote]Vicomte wrote:

Looks better there. Supposing one can’t grill that often?[/quote]

Oven - bake or broil.

[quote]borrek wrote:
Do yourself a favor, and buy a vacuum sealer. Sam’s Club has a nice one for around a hundred bucks. This is chicken, steak, and halibut all charcoal grilled on one batch of coals. Took me 45 minutes to cook it all. I don’t even bother freezing these, fridge only. They get nuked in the bag still and taste like theyre fresh off of the grill. All of the juices stay locked in, and the steaks even stay at medium rare throughout the microwaving.[/quote]

Dude, that is awesome. I am definitely doing that. I mean grains like pasta, rice, buckwheat cook quickly. So on a weeknight I can start up some grains with the steak. Firing up a grill every weeknight is like…death. Thanks for the idea that is perfect.

I know this has been mentioned in PX’s STEAK thread, but I figure it is an important topic: What about the release of BPAs (which is a form of ESTROGEN!) and other chemicals into food when microwaving tupperware and/or plastic bags?

Who wants extra estrogen?

[quote]eyegainweightbig wrote:
I know this has been mentioned in PX’s STEAK thread, but I figure it is an important topic: What about the release of BPAs (which is a form of ESTROGEN!) and other chemicals into food when microwaving tupperware and/or plastic bags?

Who wants extra estrogen?[/quote]

If you are still concerned:
http://guide.thesoftlanding.com/2010/03/01/are-foodsaver-and-seal-a-meal-bags-safe/

also:
http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/product-reviews/consumer-protection/plastic-safety-heat-food-6

[quote]Products tested that contained no phthalates or BPA:
Tupperware CrystalWave container
Tupperware CrystalWave lid
Tupperware Rock 'N Serve container
Tupperware Rock 'N Serve lid
Rubbermaid EasyFind Lids lid
Rubbermaid Premier lid
Glad SimplyCooking Microwave Steaming Bags
Ziploc Brand Zip 'n Steam Microwave Steam Cooking Bags
GladWare Containers with Interlocking Lids container
GladWare Containers with Interlocking Lids lid
Ziploc Brand Containers with Snap 'N Seal Lids container
Ziploc Brand Containers with Snap 'N Seal Lids lid
Webster Industries Good Sense storage container
Webster Industries Good Sense storage container lid
United Plastics 21 oz Bowl
Saran Premium wrap
Saran Cling Plus Clear Plastic Wrap
Glad Cling Wrap Clear Plastic Wrap
Reynolds Clear Seal-Tight Plastic Wrap
Ziploc Brand Storage Bags with Double Zipper
Ziploc Brand Freezer Bags with Double Zipper
Glad Freezer Storage Bags
Reynolds SlowCooker Liners
Kid Cuisine All Star Chicken Breast Nuggets container
Kid Cuisine All Star Chicken Breast Nuggets film cover
Stouffer’s frozen Homestyle Classics Lasagna with Meat & Sauce tray
Stouffer’s frozen Homestyle Classics Lasagna with Meat & Sauce film covering
The following items contained low levels of phthalates or PBA but the chemicals did not leach into food during microwave heating:
Rubbermaid EasyFind Lids container
Rubbermaid Premier container
Glad Press’n Seal Multipurpose Sealing Wrap
Glad Food Storage Bags*
*Tested with simulants but not food.

Read more: Dangers of Heating Food in Plastic - Microwave Health Risks - Bisphenol A - Good Housekeeping [/quote]

Further…this is not why most people are fat.

CHICKEN, POTATO, VEGGIE STEW (low calorie, high protein, easy to make and freeze in bulk)

I buy lean chicken breasts in bulk (10ks at a time)
Every Sunday I make a stew:

1kg lean chicken
1 onion
2 large carrots
3 large potatoes (normal or sweet)
1 pack mushrooms
1 can tomato’s
salt, black pepper (lots), other herbs, spices, garlic, small amount of olive oil

Makes 5 meals, each meal has: 600 calories, 50 grams protein.

Use a large pot with lid. Pressure cooker is better. Brown chicken for the minutes (cut each breast into 3 pieces. Add all ingredients (all chopped into chunky sized pieces - if using pressure cooker). Put on the lid, when pressure cooker starts making ‘whistling’ sound, turn heat to lowest level and leave for 25 minutes. Then finished.

If using a normal pot and lid, brown chicken as before, add all ingredients, cook for 30-35 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. Keep the lid on. Low heat after initially reaching boiling point.