Meal prepping is hard. You have to decide on an entire week’s menu ahead of time (that’s 21 meals plus snacks for those playing along at home) and make sure you’ve got the ingredients for everything, work out how to keep things fresh before and after cooking and decide how and when you’re going to cook everything. The reward, however, is definitely worth it. Once you’ve got all the details out of the way, you get to enjoy a week of stress-free, tasty, healthy meals. So, here are five tips to help you master the art of weekly meal prepping:

Get The Right Tools

It goes without saying that to do any job well, you need the right tools and while meal prep is more of a chore if we’re classifying things that way, it’s no different. Investing in the best cookware sets to start with will save you time and money in the long run and they’re less likely to become damaged and leak harmful substances into your food.

Store Things Properly 

You’ll also need to get appropriate containers to store things properly if you want to ace the meal prep game. Having only a few cheap and basic containers may appeal to your wallet but if you want to ensure optimal freshness and easy reheating, making sure you’ve got airtight containers in a range of shapes and sizes is the way to go. If storage space for said containers is an issue, consider spending a little extra and purchasing the collapsible variety.

Keep a List

When you come across a recipe that you enjoy and can make easily, don’t let it get lost in your search history or slide down your bookmark list into oblivion. Keep either a physical book that you can jot recipes down in or have a specific folder on your electronic device for links. You’d be surprised by how much easier meal prep becomes when you have properly stored recipes and everything you need at your fingertips.

Make Use Of Frozen Friends 

As a general rule, frozen fruit and vegetables are just as fresh and healthy, if not more so, than their counterparts in the supermarket produce aisle. We’re often told that packaged food has less nutritional value and while this is normally true, snap-frozen fruit and vegetables are just as good as the day they were picked as that’s when their freshness was sealed in. This makes them a great option for meal prepping as you can buy in bulk without having to worry about any leftover ingredients going to waste. Bonus Tip: freeze suitable meals once cooked to keep them fresher for longer.

Establish A System

Finally, no matter how much effort you put into getting everything else right, you’ll still find meal prep a chore if you don’t have a system in place for how you’re going to get things done. Figure out what works best for you and stick to what you find easiest to minimize stress and issues.

So there you have it, our top five tips to help you master the art of meal prepping. Go forth, grab your utensils, whip up a feast and enjoy your week of stress-free delicious dinners. It may seem daunting now but once you’re on top of everything, meal prep will be your new best friend, especially after those long overtime shifts.