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Save Time with Big Batch Cooking

Tips for Meal Planning

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5/28/2011 7:17:52 AM

JANEDOE12345's SparkPage
I have always done big batch meals. Even after the nest has emptied, I make my own "TV Dinners" and save tons of money. You save on the energy to cook by doing the long-time initial cooking in the oven, then reheating single portions in the microwave. I am not good with the crock pot, though, and can't say I like stewed everything.
SPARKLER2DAY
5/15/2011 12:08:49 PM

this has helped me so much I cook on wens and sun freeze most of the leftovers,I would heartily agree to label things immediately.I had a freezer adventure one week I hadn't labeled some things soo I had mystery meals!!!
4/15/2011 12:10:12 PM

MSAD2000's SparkPage
I cook 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into small cubes, put into snack bags and freeze each bag is enough for stir fry or salad. I do same with imitation crab meat. Also comes in handy when unexpected guests drop in. I save the chicken broth and cook beans, rice or pasta in it or use for soup stock.
2/27/2011 3:07:19 PM

SALEX52's SparkPage
Thanks for including the recommended "freezer life" of different foods. This is REALLY helpful.
1/28/2011 8:21:37 PM

MISSYGEEN's SparkPage
On my way to big batch cooking. I use skinless chicken breast for a lot of meals. Today I made stir fry with chicken and cooked way more chicken than I needed as this would save time during the week when I use chicken again which I am sure I will. As I can use some of the chicken to even cut up and toss on top of a tossed salad.
ARIZONAHIKER
12/28/2010 12:32:46 AM

Great article! I do this all of the time. I'll make a batch of 2 different soups and put portion sized bowls in the freezer. I'll also take leftovers from dinner and freeze them for a quick dinner or lunch.
12/5/2010 8:48:56 PM

ROSETRELLIS's SparkPage
I'm one of those people who doesn't mind eating the same thing every day for a week, and I easily fall into the habit of fast food and eating out when I am too tired to cook. So I find waiting until Saturday when I'm not tired and cooking one big meal to last me for the week then supplementing by cooking a meal on those days whenever I have the energy
11/24/2010 6:09:41 AM

SEAWAVE's SparkPage
One of the first things I did when I went to university was buy a small chest freezer. Having the ability to control what I ate, the convenience and the savings were amazing.
11/14/2010 2:03:34 PM

WALKZWDOGZ's SparkPage
I'm cooking for just me, so don't do big casseroles & things. But I do make rice in big batches & freeze 1 or 2 cup portions in Ziplocks. They store flat in the freezer so don't take up much space. I also bake or poach a big batch of chicken tendes at once, then freeze. I can grab one of each, add some veggies & sauce & have instant stir-fry, or soup, or a head start on my own skillet dinner.
I freeze bean soups sometimes too. A pressure cooker can save time for singles over needing a crockpot! Good article!
10/4/2010 1:35:27 PM

FRANCLYN's SparkPage
Also, those with small freezers can still take the IDEA and work with it. So you can't do the big batches. You can still double your recipe and freeze half. Not only does it give you preportioned stuff for later, it allows singles and couples to cook recipes set to feed a family without halving the recipe or hoping to have the willpower to keep the portions small. If there's already a plan in place to freeze the extra....
10/4/2010 1:31:48 PM

FRANCLYN's SparkPage
For those looking for recipes, just go to spark recipes and search for "slow cooker" or "crock pot" and you'll get some great ideas. While they'll be aimed at a slow cooker, most don't HAVE to be cooked in one.
10/4/2010 1:26:04 PM

EVERYDAYCHOICES's SparkPage
I don't have a large freezer but I do freeze most of my leftovers. I rarely want to eat leftovers during the week but they are great for weekends or for packing lunches or last minute dinners.
ALICOTTER
10/4/2010 12:15:07 PM

batch cooking only works for people who have the freezer space to store the food. If you are single and only have the top of a small fridge for freezer space. Batch cooking just isn't a work able option. Even if it is the number one solution suggested to singles for cooking for one.
SIRIRADHA
10/4/2010 12:04:00 PM

I agree about this being impractical for people with limited freezer space. I've got a big freezer, so it works wonderfully well for preserving my garden bounty for the winter, but that space fills up amazingly fast. This morning, I'm roasting tons of acorn squash to put in freezer bags.
ALICOTTER
10/4/2010 11:55:00 AM

batch cooking only works for people who have the freezer space to store the food. If you are single and only have the top of a small fridge for freezer space. Batch cooking just isn't a work able option. Even if it is the number one solution suggested to singles for cooking for one.

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