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    21 Things To Try If You Keep Meaning To Start Meal Prepping

    Meal prep doesn't have to be boring!

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    1. This 12-pack of stretchy silicone lids are perfect if you're forever losing your lids or just want to directly make an airtight seal over fruit and vegetables!

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    Goodbye, plastic wrap! These microwave, dishwasher, and freezer-friendly lids can fit over a variety of bowls and containers and they also work on fruits and veg cut in half such as onions and oranges that you want to keep fresh. Reviewers particularly like the large range of sizes available in this pack, that can cover everything from a lemon to a watermelon!

    Price: £8.99.

    2. Extend the life of fruit and veg with these containers that are designed to preserve your produce and keep it crisp.

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    These use ventilation technology to regulate the flow of oxygen and carbon dioxide and keep the container at the optimum environment for your food. These also elevate your produce slightly so that it's kept away from moisture. No more soggy berries!

    Price: £29.99 for a five-pack of various sizes.

    3. This folding steaming basket that is more compact than a regular steamer and can fit onto a variety of pots.

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    It even has a useful handle so you can safely lift the basket out once your food is done. Just a warning – you may want to start steaming everything after you've used this a few times!

    Price: £8.99.

    4. This meal-planning notebook sticks to your fridge and has a tear-away part for you to take your shopping list to the supermarket.

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    This makes cooking in advance so much easier – the different headings for the tear-away shopping list also mean you can do the weekly food shop more efficiently. There's even a pocket at the back of it for receipts and vouchers, and with 30 pages this will have you covered for over six months.

    Price: £6.99.

    5. You probably already have someone in your life who bangs on about how great their Crock Pot is and do you know what? They're right! Whack in your ingredients, set it for however many hours you need, and come back to a delicious meal you can eat for days.

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    As well as stews and curries and anything other mains you can think of, you can even prepare your breakfasts ahead of time with this and make things like porridge or French toast. The size is ideal for families which also makes it ideal for one individual who wants to make several portions of a dish in one go. Customers praise how tender it makes meat, which means you can even be economical by going for a cheaper cut than usual and still having melt-in-your-mouth meals.

    Price: £41.98.

    6. This all-in-one cup for measuring dry ingredients, that even has labels inside for different foods such as rice and lentils.

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    Go old school with this quick way for measuring ingredients that means you don't need a variety of measuring cups to hand. This product has existed since the '30s and is still around for good reason – it's effective, compact, and a cook's best friend. All you have to do is pour the ingredient of your choice to the right level and then give it a little shake to even it out.

    Price: £5.24.

    7. Cutting vegetables is arguably the worst thing about preparing food, so it's a good thing this manual food chopper exists. Simply select the size you want the food to be chopped to and then push down on the lid.

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    For everyone out there who dreads chopping onions, dicing food is finally hassle-free! It comes with three different sizes of blades depending on how big you want the fruit and veg chopped, and is an easy way to shave down the amount of time it takes to prepare your meals.

    Price: £14.97.

    8. These reusable silicone food bags are great for transporting snacks around as well as freezing or microwaving your food. Plus they don't leak so even liquids are safe in this!

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    Soups, sandwiches, smoothies... these bags are good for pretty much everything. This is also a great space-saver if you don't have the room for lots of boxes in your fridge.

    Price: £9.99 for a pack of four.

    9. A cookbook by Mary Berry herself, that has loads of recipes you can make ahead of time.

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    You might think more of gym bros than Mary Berry when it comes to meal prepping, but her cookbook is great for people who are short on time but want to still have home cooked meals! All you'll need to do is take some time out in the week to prepare a few of her delicious recipes.

    Price: £16.49.

    10. These squeezy bottles to take your condiments and salad dressings on the go.

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    If you worry about your salad going a bit limp by the time you get to work, this is great because you can add the dressings just before you eat it! The mouth of the bottles is large enough to make refilling them easy, and the leak-proof valve means you can take everything from oils to hot sauce in your bag without the fear of them getting on everything.

    Price: £8.99 for a pack of four.

    11. This vacuum sealer is your best friend for meal prep. It can help to stop those half-used packets of leftover meat or fish from spoiling, but is also ideal if you bulk-buy certain foods and want to divide them up into smaller portions while retaining freshness.

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    Its built-in cutter means you can customise the vacuum sealed bags to your needs, and reviewers claim that using this machine has helped them reduce their food waste as well as save space in the freezer!

    Price: £45.99.

    12. This ten-pack of stackable, reusable containers are there to make batch-cooking a breeze.

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    There are tons of meal prep containers out there but these have over 275 reviews and a 4.5 star rating. These are microwave and freezer friendly, and are designed with raised lids so that your food doesn't get squished down. As a bonus you also get a free e-book worth £6.99 when you order that acts as a guide for meal prepping!

    Price: £11.95 for 10.

    13. Or there's this two-tier leakproof bento box that comes with reusable cutlery.

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    The two tiers are great if you want to pack snacks alongside your main, and it comes with a band to keep the two boxes together. These are dishwasher friendly and the actual boxes can be microwaved for up to three minutes (just don't put the cutlery or lids in there).

    Price: £14.99.

    14. This stylish lunch bag that makes packed lunches feel more sophisticated.

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    Alongside looking good, it claims to be able to preserve your food for up to six hours. It also comes with a shoulder strap, is made of a water-resistant fabric that holds up against light rain and drizzles, and is praised by reviewers for being sturdy.

    Price: £11.99.

    15. Chicken breasts are a staple meal prep food for many, but this tenderiser ensures they'll end up being anything but dry.

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    The textured side has bumps rather than spikes, and there's also a flat side so you won't tear the meat to shreds even if you get a bit carried away! The bumpy side is also great for helping to allow marinades to properly get into the meat so that it's flavourful all the way through.

    Price: £11.97.

    16. If you find it a bit overwhelming having loads of foods on the hob at once or needing to juggle different cooking times, this microwave rice cooker (yes, you can make rice in the microwave!) means you have one less stress in the kitchen.

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    People have also had success using it to make pasta! You can make a good amount of rice in this to last you multiple days, and some reviewers have had success adding extra ingredients such as peas and broccoli before cooking.

    Price: £7.49.

    17. If you want to get really organised with your meals, or just put dates on your opened jars of sauces so that you stop keeping them well after the "use within two weeks" instructions (guilty), get this roll of 1,000 removable labels.

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    This makes it way easier to identify your various meals and as they're made to be water resistant, they'll survive the fridge and freezer. Your reusable containers will also be safe with these labels because they can be removed without leaving that gluey, papery residue. For best results, use a permanent marker to avoid your writing smudging.

    Price: £13.97.

    18. This revolving spice rack stocked with 16 spices means you can easily reach all your seasonings and keep an eye on what you're running low on.

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    Listen, I love my spice cupboard a lot but there's definitely something very convenient about having a clear view of all your spices at once. Reviewers noted that it is also very compact making it ideal for smaller kitchens.

    Price: £34.97.

    19. This three-pack of various peelers will make easy work of fruit and veg – one even has blades designed for julienning.

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    To make it even better they have a potato eye remover on the side, so you can dig out those brown sprouting bits rather than attempt to slice them away and waste loads of potato in the process.

    Price: £6.17.

    20. Washing a garlic press is a nightmare for home cooks, but with this easy-to-clean one, that's a thing of the past.

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    Conventional presses might not be for everyone, and this one is easy to use because you just have to press down and squish the garlic while it's on the chopping board. It also claims to finely cut rather than crush the garlic, which helps preserve the aromatic oils. Get ready to have some delicious, garlicky, meal-prepped dishes.

    Price: £5.88.

    21. And if you want to just keep your sandwiches and wraps fresh, there's an aesthetically-pleasing way to do it thanks to these snack covers that double up as a tablecloth.

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    Customers say it really does keep their sandwiches fresh, plus it is machine washable! As an added bonus, after you finish your lunch you wont have to take an empty, bulky container home because this will take up hardly any room in your bag.

    Price: £9.99.