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Flatter Meat Means More Space! Wait… WHAT?

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Okay, so this isn’t going to be mind-blowing. But for those of you who are like me and purchase large quantities of meat to freeze when it’s on sale, this little tidbit might help you out.

Confession: I have been a 30 Day Shopper for quite some time now. What is that? Well, it means I go grocery shopping in 3 different stores for 30 days worth of meals all in ONE day.

That’s just the shopping part. I then have to haul it all inside of the house and put it away. I’m honestly not sure which part I hate most.

Yes I do, all of it.

I’m just not a shopper – but I know a good deal when I see one. And I usually freeze it.

When it comes to buying meat, I’m no fool. I know that the savings is in buying it at a decent sale price in the massive “big-buy” type packaging and breaking it up myself at home.

Over time, though, and with very limited freezer space, I came to hate this method. I was literally shoving ziploc bags of meat into my freezer with a ram bar. Or my shoulder, whatever.

Regardless, my freezer looked like it was on crack and about to vomit out a bag of ground beef at any moment. Ever have a bag of rock hard chicken thighs fall on your toe? Exactly.

And then, AHA! I had my usual “duh” moment. Treat the freezer like a puzzle. Just like my OCD loving husband does when we’re packing a month’s worth of crap into the van for a weekend getaway.

Flatten the meat!

No, no, easy girl. Don’t actually pound it to death. Just lay it flat when piling it into your freezer bags. Or if it’s something you can easily pat down like ground beef, turkey or chicken, flatten it so that it looks like a square or rectangle.

No bulging clumpy bags of meat in my fridge ever again.

flatten meat hands

The best part is that once the meat freezes, you can then put the bags in bins in your freezer upright and fit all sorts of things in there! FYI: bins are great for flat meat, otherwise some of them slip through the shelf cracks. That’s a whole other set of problems…

So, again, not mind-blowing or life-altering stuff here folks. But if you’re a Mega Meat Freezer like myself, you will appreciate this little tip.

Happy Meat Flattening!


Coming Up: Ninja Kitchen System!

We will be featuring several Ninja Kitchen System recipes soon!


Keep an eye out for tutorials on everything from smoothies to soups to cookie dough and whether or not the Ninja has enough power and capability to handle it all. We are super excited and can’t wait to get started!

How about you? Do you own your own Ninja kitchen system? Has the Ninja helped to sneak a few extra fruits and veggies into your little ones? Give us your favorite recipes in the comments below and we just might add it to our list of things to try and review.

If you are thinking of purchasing a Ninja Kitchen System yourself, check out this helpful review from KitchenBlenderSystems It is a great in-depth article that will definitely help you to decide if a Ninja is right for you.

Fruit on Steroids?

I’m going to be Captain Obvious here for a moment and tell you that fruits and vegetables are some of the best food choices around when it comes to feeding both our kids and ourselves. I know, I know. For most, that’s common knowledge. It’s definitely something I have always strived to lived by too. Fresh produce can do marvelous things to your body like keeping you healthy, helping to manage your weight and maybe even preventing illnesses as well. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention swears by their benefits and recommends several servings a day. Who can argue with the CDC?

Well, me. Maybe.

I am by no means an “all-organic-or-nothing” type of parent. Having 3 small children and being a stay-at-home mom living on a single family income, I couldn’t be the Crunchy Yoga type even if I wanted to. I just try to be sensible and believe in moderation of everything.

(I suppose it also helps that that way of thinking justifies me in having chocolate everyday?)

So in light of this and some inspiration from one of my recent post about apples, I headed out to a local grocery store to pick up a few of the super yummy fruits. My youngest daughter and I had some baking to do!

But after a quick trip and a bag full of apples later, I have to wonder… Are they putting fruit on steroids?

I picked these beauties from the same bin!


I know you’re thinking it, so I’m going to go ahead and put it out there: What.The.Hell?

Or maybe you’re just wondering why I bought it in the first place. Well, to be honest, it was so freakishly large I had to show someone. So I brought it home to let my husband and other two kids marvel in it’s largeness. And then we did the unthinkable, we ate it. We ate the steroid apple. It turned out to be substantial enough to feed 5 people a fairly decent snack! I should probably flex a muscle or two just to see if it’s changed my strength at all.

I’m not trying to start a revolution or anything here – but I will say that I’m pretty sure you won’t find such a size difference in the organic aisle. Or maybe this particular apple is just an overachiever? We’ve suffered no ill effects yet from it but I don’t think I’ll be seeking out or buying another anytime soon. That one apple alone was almost $1!

It WAS tasty though.

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