ALL OF THE ABOVE…
Sorry didn’t vote, because you didn’t really have that option
There are lot of plastic food storage products on the market… Rubbermaid, Ziploc, Glad and Tupperware are the big names in this biz. All make products that can go in the microwave… although like other Bees I try to do this as little as possible, now that we know so much more about BPAs.
BUT the advantage of plastic over glass containers for this purpose is the initial investment upfront is less (plastic is cheap)… you don’t have to worry about breakage (things can get shoved around in your freezer, and breaking glass in your Freezer, Fridge, Microwave, Oven or on the Stovetop ALWAYS sucks). Plastic containers are easy to pack and go (say to work, school or for a friend)… because they are cheap, you don’t have to worry so much about giving them away or misplacing them.
Tupperware costs more than the ones you can buy in any store… BUT Tupperware is guaranteed for life. If you crack something etc, they’ll replace it for FREE. If you lose a lid, you can buy a new one etc. Tupperware also pretty much out performs the other products when it comes to food storage (so less food wasteage… less freezer burn, and veggies etc last longer in their containers). Tupperware has kept up with the times and they offer some really really pretty pieces for the Fridge, Freezer & Pantry… this is NOT YOUR MOTHER’S TUPPERWARE.
Ziploc Bags are also great. Especially if you want to freeze small individual quantities… such as buying a value package of chicken breasts (ie 8 in a pack works out to be usually cheaper than 2 in a pack per breast). Then bring them home and just ziploc each breast seperately. Same for steaks, chops, etc.
We also have bigger heavier quality Ziploc Bags that if the Butcher should do a sloppy job of wrapping in Butcher Paper (the reddish paper) I can always toss the package into a Ziploc bag to ensure that the food stays fresh.
Ziploc Bags are also handy in the Pantry. Open a box of crackers, and wrap the remains in a ziploc bag, so they’ll be just as fresh the next time you reach for them (I just tuck the stack back into the box from which they came).
As for recipes…
The Beginners List I would say would have to include…
Spaghetti Sauce – Chili – and Soup.
All 3 of these are easy enough to muddle thru… and pretty healthy when homemade. Mr TTR and I make Chili a couple times a year, a double batch… it nets us aprox 24 Cups or about 6 Medium Sized 4 Cup Freezer Containers. So at 2 Cups per serving, about 12 Servings (another one 4 Cup container feeds the 2 of us for Lunch as is, or for Dinner with a Side). Like another Bee said we just take it out of the Freezer to defrost ahead of time in the fridge… or a quick spin in the microwave / swish in hot water, to release the sides, and then plop it in either a microwave safe bowl / container, or reheat it on the stove. Quick and easy. Lol, sadly tho, I find that the chili is sooo good that it doesn’t last long… and before you know it I gotta make another batch)
Hope this helps,
PS… As for Recipes… I cannot emphasis enough how great The Joy Of Cooking is… this is an investment book that will last you a lifetime. TONS of great info for Beginner Cooks right up to advanced stuff. Info on Equivalents – Cuts of Meat – Food Prep – Food Storage – Fruits & Pastas – Grains – Entertaining – Drink Recipes – Stocking a Kitchen – Stocking a Pantry… LOTS and LOTS of great stuff, including easy to follow Recipes that can make anyone a much much better cook. Pretty much the last Cookbook you’ll ever have to buy !!