Blog: Meal Prepping
People have asked why we suggest such large recipes and if we offer a smaller version.
In our experience cooking these larger recipes, even for a single person, is an easier way to manage the kitchen. By that we mean when buying, storing, and preparing the ingredients we end up with less wasted food when cooking larger recipes and storing the leftovers in meal prep containers like these...
When cooking, you already have the ingredients and cutting board out. Rather than having half an onion left in the fridge or quart bag of frozen kale, we recommend just adding the whole thing to the pot. This style of cooking is also known as “kitchen sink” recipes, where you just add everything from your fridge before it expires or before going shopping for the next week. If you have limited time or energy to dedicate to cooking, we recommend this method.
Many of our Broth Bomb™ recipes were inspired by random dishes like this, which turned out to be amazing. The Drops of Jupiter recipe was one of these creations that we were eating when the “moment of genius” for Broth Bomb™ occurred. Andrew had used baking soda to tenderize the beans and Renee suggested the idea of giving people our recipes along with packs of seasonings… then Broth Bomb™ was born.
Also, in regard to single serving items, hand making tiny single serving seasonings isn’t economical. Instead, we have plans to offer a shake that pairs with our recipes.
We highly recommend trying our meal prep methods first. Here’s more helpful tips:
When cooking with a Broth Bomb it isn’t important that you make exact measurements, just fill up at least a 4-qt pot (5-qt preferred) with plenty of beans and veggies. We often swap out or add extra ingredients depending on what’s in the fridge and freezer... have some shredded carrots that need to be used? Throw it in the pot too.
How much water should you add?
The water/broth prior to heating should be slightly below the volume of the food. This allows the food to release it’s water and achieve a thick hearty stew. Then, later when adding the Broth Bomb™ there should be a thin layer of steamy water/broth on the top.
What level heat?
With all the food (except Broth Bomb™) in the pot, bring to a boil on a high heat or medium high. The best fizz, for maximum ASMR fun, is achieved when the pot of food has been boiling for 8 minutes. At that point, turn off the heat for a minute or two; just as it stops boiling, drop the Broth Bomb™ and enjoy stirring/playing. Then, turn the heat to low and let cook for an hour. Return to a boil at the end or heat to 160F… this helps cook off the citrate and release more of the minerals (like calcium) from the food into the broth.
You can shorten the cook time and increase the heat level. After adding the Broth Bomb™, you could also transfer to a crock-pot or use a low setting for 4-8 hours and get a ‘souper’ tenderized stew.
When storing Broth Bomb recipes in the fridge, they continue to marry the flavors… especially after a second quick cook. We’ve always enjoyed the left-overs even more. The 24 ounce deli containers make for perfect dinner portions, they freeze well, and are easy in the microwave. In the microwave, heat for 3 minutes, stir, and then heat another 3 minutes. On the stove top, in a small pot, heat on medium for 5 minutes, stir, and then heat another 5 minutes.
Leftover Shelf life
The fizzy ingredients act as a great natural preservative. We have enjoyed them up to three weeks later, stored only in the fridge. But this will vary based on factors unique to each kitchen and fridge; so try to eat within 10 days. They should be good for a year in the freezer. Thaw them in the fridge the day before use.
Trust us, you will love having so many options in the freezer and fridge after a long day. As a single person, if you make two recipes a week, after two months you will stockpile a great variety of meal prep that you will be able to enjoy with little effort for half the year.
Need a good pot? We recommend these: