Here's you're first habit. When you feel comfortable, then it's time to work on the next step. But not before. Don't rush this. Remember Kaizen is about changing your life one tiny step at a time.
From now on I will always start with a checklist of previous habits as a reminder. If you are still working on some of these habits then keep doing that until you no longer need to think about them. Only then are you ready to move on. Nobody is rushing you and nobody is keeping track. This is YOUR plan and you decide when you're ready.
"A journey of a thousand miles starts with one step"
. .... then another, and another.... Take your time, do it right, and you'll build a solid base for a lifetime of easy and healthy Paleo eating.
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That's it you say? I told you it would be easy. And no, I don't mean the scraps left on your dinner plate - though you could do that as well.
You're making it a habit not to waste any food that will do your body good.
This is not only very frugal but also very ecologically friendly, so many good returns here.
What you need to do is invest in some good quality freezer bags. One box of large and one box of small. Personally I like the kind with the little zipper. I find them easier to use as well as they seem thicker and therefore more protective of the food I put into them. The few dollars you spend on these will pay for themselves many times over once you start using the contents.
And they are reusable. I wash mine out with soap and water, invert them, and hang them over a Perrier bottle to dry. Some people slip a magnet inside and hang them on the side of the fridge. Both are no-fuss and easy methods.
What do you put into them? Leftover scraps of all kinds.
Start one for beef, one for chicken, and one for vegetables. The chicken and beef should be large. For vegetables use the small ones since you don't want to put all kinds of vegetables in together. For now freeze each vegetable separately when you have leftovers from meals.
Only freeze cooked vegetables with one exception. Have one large bag for stock vegetables where you will freeze onion, carrots, and celery - leaves and all. These are the skins and the end bits that you would usually throw out. Of course be sensible. Dump any bad or dirty bits.
Now go to your freezer and make room for these bags. You can easily do this by getting rid of all the junk that shouldn't be in there any longer. You know that ice cream you bought the last time you were depressed? Ditch it.
Got any frozen dinners, frozen baked goods or frozen grain products? These really belong in your garbage as well, but if you just can't bring yourself to throw them out give them to a friend. On second thought give them to an enemy since they really won't be doing anything for their health.
And don't tell me you still don't have room. Maybe you've already ditched all the bad stuff and you have a very small freezer. There are ways to make the most of the space you have.
If you have things in round or irregular shaped containers, defrost them enough to transfer them into a square shape container. And if you don't have any of those then you need to invest here as well. For a few dollars you can get half a dozen and that will get you going. These days they are both freezer and microwave and dishwasher safe so the convenience more than pays for itself.
Please don't use old margarine containers or the like (What were you doing eating margarine anyway?!?!) They won't keep your food safe from freezer burn and they won't stand up to heat or cold so they are not what you want as part of your healthy eating supplies. And hopefully it goes without saying that you are going to label everything right? Because if you don't ....
.... this could be your nightmare!
For larger food and when you've used up your container collection you can use the rest of the ziplock bags. Freeze your food flat, then once it's frozen you can "file" it upright in your freezer to save space.
When you take the time to use the right containers, even the smallest freezer can serve you well. Here are a few examples of how some creative people use their freezers :
Now that you've set yourself up, start stocking your freezer. Your aim is to have a nice bag full of chicken bones and scraps and another one of beef bones and scraps. Cooked or raw they are all useable for making stock (recipe to come). In fact, bones from roasted meat gives even better flavour.
Just one caution - don't go overboard with the vegetable bags. You only need one for each bag of meat scraps. Unless you're into making vegetable stock of course but you'll have to look elsewhere for a recipe for that. I never use it myself since I find beef and chicken stock so much more flavourful.
Keep working at making this a habit and pretty soon you won't even need to think about it. Having lovely bags of ingredients in your freezer ready to make stock will be a fact of your life. Remember the old Camel cigarette ad? Soon you will be able to say to yourself for a healthy reason ...