Portion seasoned meats into individual bags

This falls into the category of make-ahead meals, which has many options!  Prep and marinate fresh meats like chicken or beef, then place into ziploc sandwich bags, gallon bags, or storage containers.  

For example, I like to add my marinade to chicken, place into sandwich bags, let marinate all day or overnight in the refrigerator, then if I’m not going to use it all, I’ll place the extra bags in the freezer.  Flatten the meat and stack them (as much as possible) so you can utilize the best freezer space.

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Freeze cooking stock and broth

Do you ever have leftover stock or broth in the back of your fridge?  Don’t know what to do with it?  Now you can freeze it!  Place into ice cube trays, muffin tins (preferably silicone), or even small zip lock bags.  The silicone makes ingredients come out much easier.  Label the bags or trays so you know which kind of broth(s) there is.  Once the broth or stock is frozen, pop them out of the trays or tins and keep in a gallon bag.   

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Free Flavor – Citrus Zest

What is better than free (or multi-use)?!  One of my favorite ingredients is citrus for the zest, juice, and flavor capabilities.  First the outside, the rind has so much strong, great flavor plus oils from the citrus.  The next layer is the juice of the citrus to use for drinking, adding to water, or using as dressings for salads and proteins.  The third part is the pulp which can be blended into smoothies, to flavor water or beverages, or used to cook with proteins.  Lastly, the rind can be used for garnishing a dish or infusing flavor.  Use a normal vegetable peeler to cut strips from the citrus to “decorate” or garnish a dish.  

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How to Use Holiday Muffin Liners

Have you ever thought about using the paper muffin liners for more than muffins or cupcakes?  Now you can!  Use the festive holiday liners for serving and portioning snack foods.  Plus this keeps people’s hands out of the ENTIRE bowl of snacks, keeps everything cleanlier during Covid times.  All the snacks items can be pre-portioned, guests can walk around with the paper cups, and choose their own snacks.

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