My daughter, Cerrin, recently discovered the usefulness of Batch Cooking. Cerrin wanted to eat home-cooked meals but literally did not have time to cook them every night. She has a Customer Service job by day, is taking her last college course on-line, and was about to start a three month job workings nights and Saturdays for a tax-preparation company. (We will not discuss her sanity in this post!)
She and I have done some marathon cooking in the past but this was her first session on her own. She did a good job of organizing: she gathered recipes, purchased all the food necessary, gathered freezing supplies, and borrowed an extra crockpot.
She started one crockpot Friday night. The next morning she emptied that crockpot and packaged the food for the freezer. She then started that crockpot up again plus another borrowed crockpot. Once they were going she started a pot on top of the stove and also got the oven going. On Sunday she finished with two more crockpots of food. Once everything was packaged and her freezer was filled she had 60 servings. Since she is single that worked out to 60 meals. You can adjust that to serve your family. Here’s a list of what Cerrin made:
- Crockpot Tamale Pie (6 servings) (recipe here)
- Crockpot Red Chili (8 servings) (ground turkey, red and pinto beans, tomatoes)
- Crockpot White Chicken Chili (6 servings) (recipe at Recipezaar)
- Meatloaf in oven or crockpot (10 slices) (recipe is here)
- Corned Beef and Cabbage in dutch oven (6 servings plus 6 slices)
- Crockpot Lasagna (6 servings) (recipe coming soon)
- Crockpot Chicken and Rice (6 servings) (recipe coming soon)
- Mini Pizzas (6 servings) (English Muffins, pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese)
In each of these meals she made them into “plate meals” by adding servings of frozen veggies. As Cerrin said, “It would be more like eating a home cooked meal and less like leftovers. Because you know how much I dislike eating leftovers.” She’s been eating from her stash now for a month and it’s going very well. She is staying out of restaurants or drive-throughs and eating healthier. In addition she’s saving money by not being in the grocery store every week. It’s what Working For Her.
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