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9/28/07 8:26 A

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Take leftovers and make a big batch of soup and freeze in several containers to eat at anytime

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9/28/07 4:43 A

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Think of batch cooking as money in the bank, make extra, freeze and when you need a meal it's there.

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9/27/07 5:38 P

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Thanks everyone for the input. Hope to keep seeing more opinions on here.

Mimulelady - Just wanted to bring over a great idea that you'd posted on another topic (my introduction).

"Leftovers: did you ever think that if you cook a big batch of soup, spegetti or what ever, then freeze it before it is put on the table for the first time it is no longer left over? I love to grab something from the freezer and heat it up. The less cooking I do the better."

Thanks for the advice. This was exactly what I'd intended to start doing, but I haven't gotten into a good practice of it yet. But it does seem like it would make things much easier, in the long-run.



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9/27/07 9:10 A

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Meal Planning!!! If you plan ahead, you can get ingredients in bigger packages and use them in several different ways throughout the week. Take, for example, one of those rotisserie chickens from the deli. The first day, I'll eat part of it with some veggies on the side. The next day, I'll take a few chunks from it and put it on top of a tossed salad. The third day, I'll shred some and put it in a wrap. By the fourth day, I'll have just enough meat left to make chicken salad.

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9/27/07 8:13 A

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I think that I mostly buy regular size packages of meats, clean & divide into individual size baggies (i.e. one or two pieces of chicken per ziplock). I also tend to buy smaller containers of milk, canned fruit & frozen veggies. I have learned over the years which of my favorite dishes do well going from the freezer to the microwave to my plate again, and will make enough of those to freeze several portions in individual containers & keep two out for lunches at work.


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9/27/07 5:13 A

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When you cook in batches, you can make your own frozen meals for later. Also go to the farmers market and freeze or can veggies and fruit for later use.

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9/27/07 12:13 A

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Sometimes I buy big packages of green peppers at Sam's Club. I usually manage to use them up, but something that works great is to thinly slice or dice them and lay them in a single layer on a tray and freeze them. Then I put them in a plastic bag and I can take out just the amount I need. Works for onion as well.

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9/26/07 11:17 P

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Schwans is way to expensive for me. I combine my trips to town so I am doing more than one thing when I must make the trip.

There isn't much that doesn't freeze just fine and when I can save on cooking I'm all for that. I don't like cooking for one or two. Well my hubby can eat three times what I do so I guess I could say I'm cooking for four...LOL I have seen some good sounding recipes here on spark. Haven't actually tried any yet but maybe I'll get a chance to one day soon.

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9/26/07 9:31 P

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I am not a left over girl but as for buying in small portions I think there is a saving there even if the price is a bit more. To me things that get eaten are better then buying alot of something and end up having it go to waste. plus it keeps me in control of how much I am eating. But thats just me and because I don't have a big family I have seen many leftovers go to waste. Even when I buy in big amounts because it was cheaper just to see it not get eaten and to me thats more a waste of my money.

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9/26/07 8:50 P

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Good topic! Some things I like frozen,and some,not so much. I always buy red and green bell peppers when they're on special, and I dice part of them, and cut strips out of the rest for stir-fry,whatever.

MIMULELADY~ Actually,Schwans froz.foods do the same with onions,mushrooms,and peppers.They are grilled and then frozen.I use them alot,but I'm sure it would be cheaper to do it yourself!

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9/26/07 7:14 P

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I read where a group of women all shopped at one store for a month and saved all their reciepts. Then they went to the store manager with all the reciepts and bargined for a discount if they continued to shop at that store. That store declined so they went to another store and there they got a discount for what they purchased for shopping only at that store.

Now I like to cook in larger amounts and freeze portion size containers. Saves a lot of extra cooking. I also will get bell peppers, onions and portabella mushrooms and cook them together and then store them in the freezer to spice up soups and other dishes I make later on.

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Tim does not eat left overs...but I do. I take them for lunch and sometimes I freeze them for lunch later too!

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9/26/07 7:05 P

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Hi Jenvose,

I buy ground chuck in larger pkgs., add whatever
ingredients for Spagetti, or Chili, or whatever, then
after it cools, divide it up and put in freezer
containers then when you are in a hurry you can grab
one with just enough meat and add sauce or whatever.

I do the same with other meats like pork chops etc.
Divide the jumbo pkgs up and invest in good freezer
containers, and they are usually good for a couple
months.

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9/26/07 5:31 P

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I'm looking for tips on how best to buy in small portions (without having to pay BIG prices). Leftovers just don't get eaten around our house, it seems.

How about others? Do you have success with leftovers? What are your leftover tips? I've also recently purchased some smaller-sized containers so that I can portion leftovers appropriately for "grab-and-go" lunches or quick meals. It seems to have helped a little.

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