Save time when cooking dinner by pre-cooking.

This tip will save you time when it matters most. Not that we have much spare time as busy parents, but when you have half hour to set aside or even better.... set the kids up with one of the activity ideas on this blog to give you half an hour then follow this idea to shorten dinner preparation time.

This can be done with other vegetables also.
I made up about 20 bags - so for 20 meals. They are perfect to throw into a stir fry or casserole, or even just for steaming to have on their own. The cooking time is halved and all the prep work is done, making the crazy meal time of an afternoon a lot less stressful.
  • Cut carrots into serving size, we wash thoroughly and leave the skin on.
  • Blanche the carrots by cooking to approximately 50% cooked, we did about 5minutes steamed over boiling water.
  • Immediately remove from heat and place carrots into a bowl or sink of cold water- this stops them cooking any further.
  • Lay them out to dry on paper towel or a clean tea towel.
  • Once dry, place into serving size in plastic zip lock bags or freezer bags.