Here at the Essential Puree Kitchen, we believe in saving time and money for the busy caregiver. We don’t think you want to be chained to the kitchen. So plan for a cooking day on the weekend, when you have time and make servings of the favorite dishes of the loved for the freezer, so a good meal is always on hand. This can also provide a quick meal for the caregiver or for a family member.
For Instructions on How to Cook Once and Eat Four Times, pick your favorite recipe from the Essential Puree Guidebook. It could be a soup or a stew that makes four to six servings. Or even a side or an entrée. Follow the instructions in the video for cooling, packing, labelling and freezing.
To serve, microwave on 50% power for two minutes, until the food comes away from the bag. Add to a microwave safe plate, cover with paper towel or plastic wrap and heat for 30 seconds on high. Or until food is 160 degrees.
Another technique is to thaw in the fridge for two hours or on the countertop for an hour, place in microwave safe serving dish, cover with paper towel or plastic wrap and pop in the microwave on 50% power for a minute.
The dish has the most flavor when pureed after thawing. If it is better for your own household, puree and thicken before freezing. Thaw and reheat in the same manner.