Sounds like a great idea - especially if you make your own group. I could even see some churches or similar organizations having some groups like this.
As for spitting the work evenly that could be important if you are doing it with friends, and you want to stay friends, but I could see some service oriented individuals actually organizing this as a community service. Some people might be willing to volunteer some times.
On one website I belong to we talked a lot of getting friends together to do the monthly cooking, there were many issues that did come up from people that have done this. Make sure, one or a few people aren't getting slapped with all the work, make sure everyone is pitching in their fair share of money.Make sure there is a mix of people that know how to cook to ones that don't know too.
A ex-co-worker did a version of this, she had friends that loved her personal pot pies, and were willing to pay her to make some, so she got them all together and had a teaching class with them. They all gathered around the table and she showed them how to make the stew, then pie dough, to portion and roll it, all of them made 3 dozen each and shared. Each person made a different kind Chicken, Beef, Hamburger, the split the cost evenly.
Almost 15 years ago I went to Community Kitchen, where I put in $4 per person in my household and got together with a few other people who did the same, we got together a couple times, once to plan what we were going to make, 4 meals (1 soup, 1 vegetarian or close to it, and 2 meat), I ended up taking huge portions everytime, one serving turned out to be 3-4 cups of soup, and the meat courses were good for 2 meals, probably even 3 now that I eat less.
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It sounds like a great idea. I know we have them around here in SC. One is called "Let's Dish", It's a chain and the link: http://www.letsdish.com/. We had another one that closed down and I don't recall what the name of that chain was.
I've never tried it, so I don't know the pricing, but I do know of women who get together and make a party of it. Just 3 or 4 friends, get the place on a Saturday for a period of time by themselves, and they make up meals for maybe a month at a time. I understand it is fun and pretty tasty. But I don't know the details. Worth a shot especially if you have a couple girlfriends to tag along. Great idea.
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Hi everyone, I just joined this team today and I see there has been a lot of talk about freezers, I have one and it was the best purchase we ever made, when the stores have a sale on the lean cuts of meat I buy them then and eat them during the expensive times. Another thing I have done that I thought would be really expensive but it turned out it wasn't was to go to one of those places where you pay and prepare your food right in their kitchen. I went to a local shop like this, all of the recipes were very healthy and low calorie and it was under $3 per serving, I was shocked I thought it would be more expensive. It was nice because everything is chopped and ready for you, you just put it together, take it home and freeze until you are ready to eat and the portions were a good size.
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