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Save Time with Big Batch Cooking

Tips for Meal Planning

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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.
10/4/2010 10:11:41 AM

FITNESS4LONDON's SparkPage
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).
10/4/2010 10:11:41 AM

FITNESS4LONDON's SparkPage
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).
ACERENO
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

CORRIEWILSON's SparkPage
This would be more helpful if it suggested some recipes to try with links to SP recipes.
FITGAL32
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.

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