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Jan 21, 2014 01:42 PM

Is it bad to freeze typical "bro foods" in tupperwear?

For example, I I were to bulk cook pork, say, 7 servings, and wanted to eat it with spinach and rice, would it be okay I just stick it in a high quality tupperwear close to the size of the meal and keep two in the fridge to reheat while keeping the others in the freezer? Or would vacuum packing it be necessary? Is the problem that there are multiple types of foods in the container? Or is the no problem at all? Tryna get back in the gym and make sure I'm getting my macro requirements.

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    1. re: weezieduzzit

      Sis foods with a Y chromosome?

      I'd wrap the food tightly rather than (or in addition to) putting it in a container. I think you're going to have a freezer burn and/or iciness problem with tupperware.

      1. re: small h

        That's what I was afraid of. Maybe not so much if it's only going to be a week or two? Guess I could conduct my own experiment.

      2. re: weezieduzzit

        Urban dictionary says it best, I guess...

        "Bro-foods are foods that are primarily eaten by bodybuilders, figure competitors and people who participate in strength training.

        Food eaten primarily by members of the fitness community.

        They generally consist of high protein, high fiber, fats and carbs. These foods are mostly healthy foods that help the fitness person lose weight, gain muscle mass or both. Many bro-foods tend to be much more nutrient dense than general grocery food.

        They're called bro-foods because the fitness guys who tend to eat like this are called bros. The nickname or slang term for muscular guys who participate and or spend much of their lives in the fitness community.

        Bro-Foods generally consist of food like Oatmeal, chicken breast, whey protein, nuts, 90% lean beef, coconut oil, Broccoli, olive oil, many types of fish, brown rice, peanut butter, bananas, wheat bread, eggs, cauliflower, cottage cheese, yogurt, leafy greens, sea slat etc.

        Note : Bro-Foods do NOT always have to be strictly healthy. It can allow for cheat food, junk food or fast food from time to time. But still generally is less processed food that has high protein, higher fiber, adequate amount of fats, nutrients and carbs. These main components can and do fluctuate depending on what the fitness person is trying to achieve."

        1. re: chocoremedy

          What a silly label for food. I eat low carb (keto) primal for the most part and other than the carbs in your list most of those things are in my fridge now. As you can see by my avatar, I'm hardly a "bro."

          Anyhow, air is the enemy of cooked foods. The tighter you can wrap things up, the better. Vac sealing is a good idea for anything you want to keep long term. Having different items share a container has never been a problem for me- if anything, it's a good idea to take up the extra space if you don't have a size appropriate container provided they reheat at the same rate.

          1. re: weezieduzzit

            Thanks for the tips! I just always see these guys meal prep the same exact thing, like 10 meals. I wold get tired of it, I lean towards eating to love rather than vice versa -- anyway thanks for the tips! I might post again to see if it works out in the near-term (1-2 weeks)

          2. re: chocoremedy

            Wow, who knew I was eating bro foods
            although I had never heard of the phrase before today?! :)

              1. re: firecooked

                It's a bodybuilding thing. I'm an avid powerlifter and there's lots of talk about bro foods.

          3. re: weezieduzzit

            Haha! I honestly didn't realize it was a real term and just assumed that the OP was referring to foods typically eaten by young, bachelor males, like tacos or wings.

            1. re: weezieduzzit

              lmao, I was wondering the same thing...

            2. I think you can do it. I made freezer meals for my aunt that consisted of protein, starch (usually rice), and a vegetable in a tupperware type container. Since all of those things don't necessarily heat at the same rate, you risk overcooking the veg before the meat is warm. But slice thinly and if you aren't terribly picky, it should work fine.

              I often reheat leftovers for lunch at work with all elements combined on a single plate. No prob!

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              1. re: tcamp

                Oooh see this is what I wanna hear! I suppose you mean slice the protein thinly? I guess if worse comes to worse, I could zip it up without any air, and nuke them at different times-- but id love to just throw it in, take it out, and nuke it al at once.

                Guess I'll see!

                1. re: chocoremedy

                  One of my aunt's favorites was lengua, so I'd cook up a tongue, slice and marinate in sauce, then package that with rice and beans and minimally cooked zucchini. When all microwaved together, it was really good. Another meal that she enjoyed was teriyaki chicken, rice, and mixed carrots and corn.

                  1. re: tcamp

                    Yes! Bro foods! Simple healthy bro foods. What did you store them in usually?

                    1. re: chocoremedy

                      Fairly shallow, rectangular rubbermaid containers. If the food wasn't close to the top, I'd press a piece of plastic wrap on the top of the food. Remove the wrap before heating, of course.

                  2. re: chocoremedy

                    It will work. They even make divided Rubbermaid and Tupperware containers intended specifically for the 2-3
                    items on a typical meal plate. Ideally, you want the container/bag to be full so there's little or no air space. But if you press plastic wrap onto the surface of the food when the container is larger, it will minimize ice crystals and freezer burn. It's best to let hot food cool down before
                    freezing it, and to use it within 2-3 weeks.

                2. I'm not a fan of storing in plastic, and I'm especially not on board with nuking in it.

                  It's just leftovers - what's your concern here? A couple of days in the fridge or longer in the freezer, reheat as needed.

                  1. Freeze it, freeze it all....I do. My best recommendation is to freeze in bpa-free Tupperware then reheat in glass. I freeze quinoa, brown basmati rice, there is nothing I don't freeze. I froze a turkey sausage, kale stew yesterday. I freeze eberything instantly after cooking and cooling so it is super fresh when reheated. Roast veggies, freeze. Mash fruit, freeze. Very easy to reheat or drop in a smoothie later. Good luck!

                    1. If you're doing it for short times (a week or so) it shouldn't be a problem. For longer times, if there is excess air in the container, freezer burn could become a problem.

                      I usually freeze stuff in plastic freezer bags, where it's easy to squeeze out excess air. I'd separate out the different dishes in that case, because otherwise the different items will get squished together.

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                      1. re: tastesgoodwhatisit

                        <I usually freeze stuff in plastic freezer bags, where it's easy to squeeze out excess air.>

                        I do the same, but I marinate in whatever first...