You are a senior adult, you live alone and you still enjoy home cooked meals. You have been the chief cook for many years for your family. Now you find yourself alone and preparing meals is more of a chore than a labor of love. You may find yourself throwing away groceries you bring into the house. Most senior citizens find it hard to be so wasteful. We grew up when the motto was “Waste not, want not”
You know what you like to eat and how to cook it, but for only one person; no way. Eating out is fine once in awhile. Fast food is cheaper than other places but the food may not give you the nutrients your body needs and is loaded with things you don’t need.
I have found what works best for me to: shop for deals, buy some things in bulk, buy some prepackaged items and pick up smaller sizes of the staples like flour, sugar and hot cereals. Canned and frozen fruits and vegetables are good. Salad greens can be bought sealed in a bag already washed and ready to eat. Well, I think I would rewash them.
Now, the secret is: purchase (or drop some hints to your family) one of the machines that is made to vacuum and seal food. There are two companies that make very good ones and you can always find the bags at any one of the (marts). You may freeze meat uncooked for up to six months.
When I cook a full meal for myself or my family, rather than just putting the leftovers in the fridge only to be thrown out a week later, this is what I do: I find microwavable plates or containers, fill them as I like,then slip the plate into the vacumm sealer plastic bag and vacuum out the air and freeze. The plates take up very little room in your freezer and can be stacked. Be sure to label and date the meals. When it comes time to serve the frozen meal, remove from plastic bags, cover with waxed paper and re-heat in the microwave.
It is fine to save the used bags to use again; just be sure to wash them first with soap and water. Do not reuse bags that you used to freeze raw meat.
These meals are great if you have special dietary needs, when you are in a hurry, or if you are working in a ministry helping to feed those who are sick or the less fortunate