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Save Time with Big Batch Cooking

Tips for Meal Planning


10/4/2010 10:11:41 AM

I can see how this is useful for people short on time, but for me personally, I don't find defrosted food as appealing as food I've freshly prepared just before eating.

Cooking fresh each meal enables you to build far more variety into your diet. And nutrients deplete when heated twice (not to mention olive oil which is not healthy when reheated a second time).
9/28/2010 12:49:49 PM

I have a 5qt slow cooker that is great for big batch cooking. I just got a vegetarian slow cooker cook book at the library that I am anxious to cook from.

Your library is a great place to find cookbooks for both new recipes and recipes that allow you to cook in big batches. Perhaps try searching the library catalog for casseroles, soups, make-ahead cooking, low budget cooking, or slow cooker meals
9/1/2010 7:49:28 PM

This would be more helpful if it suggested some recipes to try with links to SP recipes.
8/29/2010 5:19:11 AM

Since I'm a "taster" while cooking, by the time I'm through cooking dinner, I've already eaten enough for a meal. By making several main courses ahead of time I don't have the chance make this mistake (at least more than once). Also, if I have one of my girls help me, I don't tend to test taste everything.
Also, putting them in individual servings helps during the sports season (every season in my house) since we can't always sit down for a meal.
5/10/2010 1:59:29 AM

For all those who are looking for healthy, easy to follow recipes that are in the big-batch-cooking vein, you owe it yourself to check out

This author has done all (and I mean -all-) the legwork for you in terms of putting together shopping lists, recipes, serving suggestions and nutrition information for main dishes that are meant to be cooked in big batches and then frozen to be thawed and made later. I have yet to find as economical, healthy and easy to follow system as hers. I just bought this yesterday as a mother's day gift for my mom - she was thrilled to get her "20 for the Freezer Mega-Menu-Mailer!"

Hope this helps some of you that are looking for the details on how to cook in this manner. Best wishes!
4/6/2010 11:14:29 AM

I bought a stand alone freezer planning to do this many years ago, this is a reminder that I have everything I need to do this.
3/23/2010 10:37:40 PM

DARK_BLUE's SparkPage
ha, me and my mom were JUST talking about this at dinner. i think it's a great idea, especially because we just bought a standalone freezer
1/17/2010 6:45:00 AM

KAYAKKIM's SparkPage
I have started doing this a little more, with the idea that I amputting in the freezer portion that are just right for me to take to work fo a warm lunch. This actually helps me make better use of leftovers. I prefer to cook fresh dinners and work through the leftovers with a plan- like cooking two roasting chickens with potatoes and veges in a dutch oven and then making soup, pot pies or quiche, and stir fry from the leftovers. This can ride us through a week!!!
12/16/2009 7:26:29 PM

ARTEMISR's SparkPage
unfortunately I don't have the freezer space for this :(
But, I am learning how to can, and hope to get a pressure cooker for canning so I can can low acidity foods like vegetable soup. This will make storage a lot easier for big batches ^_^
12/16/2009 7:24:10 PM

ARTEMISR's SparkPage
unfortunately I don't have the freezer space for this :(
But, I am learning how to can, and hope to get a pressure cooker for canning so I can can low acidity foods like vegetable soup. This will make storage a lot easier for big batches ^_^
10/19/2009 12:18:08 AM

MNGIRL1920's SparkPage
I worked as a nanny for many years and always cooked for a large family. I still cook big and now enjoy freezing for lunches. I have gotten so use to labels on every thing I put in the fridge or freezer. My friends make fun of me when they open the door and I have dates on everything that's open and in tupper wear. I just explain I can keep track of freshness better.
10/7/2009 2:08:22 PM

SHUTRBUG1's SparkPage
As a single parent working two jobs, I was always a fan of cooking once and eating twice. Now I make portion-controlled frozen dinners, soups, stews, pasta dishes and freeze them for quick dinners or lunches. My freezer is full of good, healthy meals!
8/29/2009 8:02:15 AM

GASHEM's SparkPage
I grew up cooking for 12 and had to learn to buy and cook for 1. It can be done but must be learned.

I do small, big-batch cookiing on the weekend. I go to the Farmer's Market on Saturday and cook on Sunday. This gets me through the week and drastically reduces the odds of me picking something up on the way home or eating out at lunch.
6/23/2009 4:17:06 PM

Thanks, Shell128. I am checking out Eating Well's site right now.

Also, after a Google search for "healthy freezer friendly recipes" - I found a blog regarding a book called 'Holly Clegg's Trim and Terrific Freezer Friendly Meals: Quick and Healthy meals You Can Make in Advance'. ( To try a few recipes out, follow this link:
-freezer-making-healthy-frozen-meals.html )
6/2/2009 2:35:38 PM

SHELL128's SparkPage
Hi. I just wanted to suggest that people check out Eating Well's website. It is the best healthy recipe website I have found. And the majority of the recipes I have tried from the site are very tasty and filling. The best part is the advanced recipe search. You can search recipes according to almost anything-- type of health restriction, type of food item, type of meal or ease of preparation. Plus you can search for recipes that are freezer friendly. Thus if you would like to identify, for example, low carb, low calorie, chicken recipes that are easy to make, and freezer friendly then all you need to do is fill out the website form and hit search and viola a list of delicious recipes appear. Also you can then add the recipes to a shopping list and then viola you can print the list from your computer. It is also completely free!

All the best! Michelle

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