So I am not actually planning any meals this week. We have some family in town and my days/evenings will be consumed by them. But in a good way.
So I thought I would share something else useful with you.
I love sandwiches. Love them. Eat them a lot, probably would every day if I could. Apparently I have passed this on to Ian, along with some family OCD. On his first day of school I made him a ham and cheese sandwich. Now I have to make him one everyday he goes to school, luckily he only goes three days a week.
I tried to switch it up and make it on a tortilla, or give him other things for lunch. Nope. Always a sandwich, preferably ham and cheese. Even though he likes other kinds of sandwiches. We have had a discussion about it. He has rules for me to follow.
I thought I was pretty smart when I would buy a pound of deli meat and then freeze half of it. Or sometimes I would buy more than one pound, if it was on sale.
Let’s be honest. Making sandwiches everyday is a lot of work. So I would never go through a half pound, let alone a pound of deli meat before it went bad. Lots of waste with that. (even though I love sandwiches)
When I would freeze some, I would have to remember to take it out to defrost on Sunday. Not always possible. If I didn’t take it out on Sunday night, I wouldn’t take it out that week and would end up buying more deli meat.
There was the logic for that. I most likely wouldn’t eat it on the weekend, but I might get through most of it by Friday. So if it wasn’t defrosted by Monday morning, it would just be a waste.
Even with all these problems, I still always did it this way. Buy a pound of ham, freeze half, leave in freezer while buying more ham…
Till one day. I didn’t have any normal sized zip lock bags. I only had the small snack size. But I had to freeze the deli meat. Like right then.
So I put three pieces of ham in each bag, which happens to be the perfect amount to make Ian sandwiches all week. Or enough for one adult sandwich.
I realized I could buy a pound of ham, spend five minutes putting it in to many snack sized bags and freezing them. I could pull out one bag for a week of Ian’s lunches and if I wanted a sandwich, I could grab another. It takes way less time to defrost three pieces of ham then half a pound. If I didn’t use it all then I was only throwing away one piece of ham. Way less waste. And the pound lasted longer, so I am only buying about a pound a month.
OK. I know, seems like common knowledge but I was pretty excited about my idea so I thought I would share it with you.
It’s ok, you don’t have to use the word genius, even though I know you will *wink, wink*
Menu Plan 12/09-12/15
Thr: Dinner @ mom’s
Sat: Kitchen is Closed
Sun: Gingerbread House Day!!!
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