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Save Time with Big Batch Cooking

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12/13/2011 8:38:11 AM

I don't think that you should be encouraging people to eat veal. It's an unhealthy food, considering the high fat content. And a baby animal was penned in a tiny cage and fattened up on food he wouldn't normally be eating, that's very inhumane. Why don't you really look into veal, how it's produced, and decide for the good of the animal to not eat that way!

What's next, are you going to be recommending we eat fois gras? That's another example of an animal that is force fed to an extreme. Eat healthy food, people!
12/13/2011 7:07:08 AM

Love crockpot cooking.
11/20/2011 12:39:39 PM

MSKINGER's SparkPage
Hahaha - I grew up in a very large family and didn't know how to cook for only 2 when I got married! Since then, I have cut down, but always freeze at least half of what I make in freezer containers, labeled & dated.
As my daughters grew up and had their college apartments, I froze individual servings of food for them, too. They absolutely love it when they get their "care packages" of homemade foods that they grew up loving.
Some items are suitable for preparing and freezing immediately without cooking, so I try to do that as much as I can so it tastes even fresher. Examples: meatloaf (pressed into mini bundt pans), lasagne (made in one large 12x16 pan, slightly frozen, then cut into sections for individual freezing), marinated & seasoned chicken breasts or fish fillets, etc. These I make into 2-3 person servings so they can have company, too. Don't forget to add cooking instructions taped to the lid! I also make homemade chicken soup without the starch (rice or noodles) and give them frozen packages of my homemade noodles or rice mixtures and they add them in to prevent sogginess.Their friends see these prepared meals and then beg their mothers to do the same for them now.
8/30/2011 3:36:20 PM

Love the idea of cooking in big batches. I have tried this before. My husband wasn't too thrilled with it, but with 4 kids and our hectic schedules I think we are going to return to this soon.
8/24/2011 12:12:07 PM

This article says not to freeze celery which is true if you want it to look like celery afterwards. However I freeze chopped celery to use in soups, stews, and casseroles all of the time. This is a great way to keep from throwing away celery and always have it on hand when you need it to flavor a recipe. The consistency changes but if you are only using it to flavor a broth or other recipe you only need it for the flavor not for what it looks like.
6/8/2011 1:53:14 PM

LYNNARDB72's SparkPage
I am a soup nut... On a weekend I'll cook about 3 large pots of soup put them in 2 cup containters and freeze. I then have enough lunches for an entire month or more. I put the frozen container on the counter at work and when lunch comes it's somehwhat thawed so I can then just nuke it for a couple minutes! Delish... Healthy lunch.
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.
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

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.
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

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

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!

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