Want to upgrade your meal prep game? These are the next steps. Make meal prep manageable and realistic with this list of essential meal prep tools you need.
Meal prepping is a sport. And no one has time to do extra laps just because. Having the correct meal prep tools just makes things so. much. easier. Don’t get caught up in the thousands of meal prep gear available, first, focus on the essentials. This list of meal pre must haves will help.
I love the idea of meal prepping, I love batch cooking and being efficient. If you’re ready to make your first step or upgrade into the meal prepping game, you’ll soon realize efficiency is key. This list of meal prep tool essentials will get you started on the most basic things you need to make the most of your time.
After this post, and having looked up some recipe inspiration on Pinterest, you’ll be more prepared to face the next batch of weekly cooking. Happy prepping!
This post is all about meal prep tools.
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Essential Meal Prep Tools:
1. Meal Prep Stackable Containers
Classic. Meal Prep Containers. It’s all over Pinterest. You probably already have them or you’ll probably want to do your own research but here are some cute ideas to start you off. Find the reusable plastic ones here and the glass ones here. And trust me: you need them. If you say “nevermind” and use containers you have lying around the house:
- You’ll run out of containers (honestly, you need so freakin many of them! 7days x 3meals is 21 and 21 is a lot.)
- Your fridge will look like Brasil while it’s Carnival – different sizes, different lid colours… Been there, done that.
From experience and research, 28oz – 36oz is a good standard size for meal prep containers.
2. Crock-Pot (aka Batch Programmable Slow Cooker)
A crock-pot is a programmable slow cooker perfect for batch cooking in large quantities. Out of all the food prep gadgets, this is one of the laziest and the one that returns the most surprising results. I have been following a trend called “Dump and Go”, and it is literally that: you dump the food, program the slow cooker to your needs, and completely forget about it.
Here are some ideas to use this meal prep tool:
- Garlic Parmesan Chicken Stew
- Italian Threaded Chicken Sandwiches
- Lemon Garlic Drumsticks
- Coconut Curry Chicken
- Beef Chili
You might also be interested in [21 Coolest Kitchen Gadgets You Didn’t Know You Needed]
3. Large Cutting Board
Do yourself a favor. A large cutting board is a meal prep essential. On it is where all the magic happens. You’ll be working with a LOT of food. And don’t get me started if you’re cooking for your spouse too. You’ll save up quite some mess, frustration, and anger. Meal prep is meant to be therapeutic, right?
Personally, I am never going back to my foot-long cutting board. You’ll want at least an 18-inch board to be comfortable!
4. Batch Egg Cooker
This batch egg cooker is an essential meal prep tool in all meal prepping households. For 20 bucks, this boiler cooks perfect eggs every time and you’ll only have to press a button. Saves the hassle of boiling water, measuring, taking time… and while meal prep every task you can avoid is VERY welcome.
It includes accessories to batch cook:
- And omelettes!
You’ll be able to cook 7 eggs at a time! With absolutely no hassle (just the hassle of pressing a button *wink*).
5. Meal Prep Machine: Food Processor
Let’s set things straight, a food processor is a must for anyone and everyone. But, during meal prep, it makes SO MUCH MORE sense. I usually avoid taking out the food processor for small 1 meal things, but there is something about batch cooking: veggie burgers, soup, salsa, hummus, pesto, and nut butter that makes me want to use it every single week.
Although, if you are cooking only for 1, a meal prep gear you might want to focus on is a hand-held processor. Check out number 7 on the list, as it will save up mess and cleaning time.
6. Baking Sheet Tray
Can you imagine a meal prep session without an oven? If you’re new you might not see the value just yet. But a baking sheet tray is top on the meal planning must haves list. Whether you’re roasting chicken, veggies, making pizza, or baking cookies for planned dessert, this tray has got you covered.
7. Food Chopper
You gotta love the tools that do the work for you and this is just it. Throw in veggies to chop, chicken to thread, starches to purée, or fruit to make smoothies. There are so many options it’s scary.
If you have a good hand with the kitchen knife you can pass on this one, but, if your level is null to intermediate, or you are just lazy to chop chop chop, definitely check this food chopper out. Also works wonders for large volume, batch cooking.
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