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I am preparing for do some health big batch cooking for the first time. I have always done big batch cooking in the past but it has not been healthy. My goal is to create more healthy meals for the family.


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I use my slow cooker (crock pot) a lot. I find I am less likely to reach for unhealthy snacks or the takeaway menu when I have a meal ready when I come in. I utilise left overs and have got into the habit of making double the amount and freezing it. I am really benefitting from the tips and advice I am picking up from the site!


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I use my crockpot a lot. I do soups, stews, roasts with vegetables. It is a time saver plus the leftovers are always savory.

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The following is my plan for big batch cooking this weekend:
crock pot pork (can serve many different ways throughout the week)
chicken vegetable soup (divide up and freeze individual servings for lunch during week)
meatless pasta and veggie casserole
veggie sides
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If I ever cook ahead in batches it either gets ate all up or I run out of space in fridge. I hate food that has been frozen and pulled back out (my mom has ruined this for me - too much freezer burn). But I like to cook a lot because we have a family of 5 and I get burned out by like Wed./Thurs from cooking 3 meals a day (I stay home while husband works and kids at school). kids rather eat at home due to the unhealthy things at the school.

I tried batch cooking b'fast since that and dinner are our biggest meals. I eat leftovers or sandwich or salad for lunch. When I batch cooked bfast no one put it away. It looked like it was but no one heard me tell them to...big mess and a lot of waste :( frustrated me.


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I love cooking in batches. During the weekend, I usually pick a couple of different soup recipes for the next couple of weeks and freeze them in 1 cup increments in zip lock bags to preserve space in the deep freeze. These are great for planning lunches during the busy work week and avoids canned, high sodium soups. I utilize slow cooker meals like this as well. Love my Ninja slow cooker and also my Ninja food blending system. When I make a smoothie in the morning, I make sure that I make enough for two servings. The Ninja has smoothie sized containers that allow for easy storage in the fridge.

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Batch cooking and freezing works wonderfully. I like to make, among many things, cream of veggies ahead of time. Then, I put 1-cup portions in resealable sandwich plastic bags that I lay flat in the freezer.

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That is fantastic, since I don't work outside the home, I do not do a weeks worth at the time. I do like to cook each meal with enough left for lunch and to freeze for a later date. This way when I don't feel so much like cooking or we are out and about I can just pull out something.

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I DID IT!!
Oh I am SO proud of myself! I haven't cooked an entire weeks of food since before I was married. Like... 4 years ago!
I could get used to this!
It took like 3.5 hours. I turned on the tv to listen while I chopped and cooked. I think I'll listen to book on tape or bring the laptop in next time.

I think I can do this again too! I'll make a menu on Wednesday, find recipes on Thursday. Clean the kitchen on Friday. Shop on Sunday, and start cooking!
This is BIG! And I double all the batches for lunches and freezer. emoticon
My husband called me sexy, in my apron. We turned off the tv, put on classical music, and ate at the table with candles. emoticon


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I have never learned how to cook for two after raising my family. Most meals are enough to prepare for dinner and the leftovers for lunch. When I make certain things, soups for example I always freeze enough for at least one more meal and lunch and keep enough for 1 meal and lunch. I have not tried to make too many other types of food in big batches, but have assembled crock pot meals and was able to throw them in the pot then supper was done for the day. I would love more info on what other people are doing to make big batches.

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I am not much of a cook so this is all a learning experience. I found I spent a lot last week trying to get healthier stuff and that will be ongoing to keep fresh and good stuff. I am on a very limited budget but do not want to give up if I can avoid it.

Some of you said you freeze rice and it works well. Is there a trick to it? One of the articles also mentioned spaghetti. I know sauce will freeze but the spaghetti does too?

How do you suggest packaging things to freeze? I know there are freezer bags. Do the regular storage containers seal up enough for good freezing and no freezer burn?

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

I made minestrone soup last week and LOVED it. It was so worth the time it took. Yum!

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Big batch cooking may not work for me. I love alone and if I cook a big batch of chilli ( which I use to do for the family) I last too many days and in the freezer it does not look good to eat.

However I would not mind if the big batch was fixed up several different way (like cooking a large chicken). I don' t know--- maybe only cook ahead for two days


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I'm going to try my hand at batch cooking. At least for the few day a week I work 2nd shift. Then my family won't have to resort to the old standbys (hot dogs, mac n cheese, etc.).


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Great tip! I simmered carcasses before but never considered braking up the bones first. I wonder how much sodium is still in the bones after the meat has been removed? It's tough when most poultry in this country is injected with a solution of at least 6% sodium! I guess I'll have to make more trips to Whole Foods to get uninjected chicken and turkey!



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AuntieCella, my husband and I are in the same position with the sodium. I noticed most Kraft and Betty Crocker cookbooks are mainly high sodium, too. I finally found a few recipes in the Once a Month Cooking cookbooks, all in the back sections, that are 500 mg or less. I never add salt to anything, but processed ingredients (canned tomatoes and beans, etc) are all high in sodium, so fresh ingredients are better to use. Pain in the neck in prep time, but it makes for a lower sodium meal. I buy only salt free spices and spice blends to use, too. Who knew Cajun seasoning, and a lot of other blends were so full of added sodium??



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My husband was gone hunting for a few days. I kept myself busy with big batch cooking. I cooked meals he doesn't like and froze them for when I have no leftovers to pack for lunch. I hadn't done that in a while and I find it so useful!

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Not a big fan of big batch cooking, but I do like making enough so there are leftovers for lunches and possibly for an individual who won't eat what's on the menu for the next night. :)

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I love big batch cooking. I mainly do it to avoid going out to eat when Im just too tired to cook or we have to have a fast meal due to activities. I make pasta sauce, veggie soup, split pea soup, taco soup. I want make lasagna too but there are only the 3 of us so one pan of lasagna lasts about a week anyway. Now when we eat out its planned.


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Not really sure how to batch cook.....but I guess I already batch cook without really thinking about it. Its just Mom and I, usually Mom doesn't like what I cook because I like vegetables and she does not, she says I ruin the dish by adding vegetables (like anything green, squash, mushroom, ect). So typically what I make for dinner I have 1-3 days of left overs. Right now it's going on about a week, week and half of leftovers.....last thing I really made was an 8lb whole fresh pork shoulder. Normally it wouldn't of lasted this long but I've been weighing the meat to make sure I'm getting the proper serving size and not just 'eyeballing' it.

I've made some quiche out of it so far, and plan on making some bbq sauce to make some open face bbq pork sandwiches.

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I don't freeze a lot myself because I have a small freezer as well but my absolute favorite food to do big batches in and freeze is chili,, to me, always so much better when reheated. I freeze it in individual bowls so we can just grab a bowl and heat it up for our lunch,, microwave at work or stove top at home.

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I am always hesitant to freeze foods when I do big batches. Is there some tricks I don't know about?


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I also like big batch cooking. The leftovers make for easy lunch choices with the calorie count already figured.



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I've made several crockpot soups over the last two weeks, we had them for one or two meals and I froze individual servings in labeled freezer bags. This way I have several different soups I can pull out for lunches or dinners. I go to my mon's one weekend a month to be her caretaker and I try and take healthy foods with me. Now I can take my bags of soup to have and am going to do some batches of foods that don't include tomatoes or tomato sauce that she can eat too.

I'm also tried the crockpot oatmeal so I could have quick and easy hot cereal on these cooler mornings. Divided it immediately into single servings. I eat it with plain Greek yogurt to bump up the protein and calcium. The fruit is already in the oatmeal.

My goal for this weekend or next week is to make a large batch of healthy muffins to freeze in individual servings.

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I like to a double and triple my muffin recipes and put in 1 or 2 to a bag and freeze. I try to make them healthily and put in either chia seeds or flaxseeds. In the mornings I can grab bag and set on counter while I get ready and they are usually ready to pop in the microwave for 10 seconds and eat before I leave. Sometimes I have a yogurt or some nuts and a piece of fruit for a healthy breakfast without cooking!

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big batch cooking is awesome! always cook large enough portions for the week, and keep some in the freezer. makes cooking for my husband and myself much easier, and we don't have to resort to eating out when the days gets away from us!


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i made a dish in my crookpot. i added some lentils to add extra iron and protein. I can get lunches for over a week this way and i know what nutrients are in it.


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emoticon love the big batch cooking. I will be nice to come home from work and just take something out of the freezer. The crockpot and I are best friends. LOL

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Well my first week has been quite hard on my budget. I have not been to a restaurant and/or bought any processed foods at all. I've been making easy 2 portions meals everyday at every meal for my partner and I. (I even make his lunches the night before!) I thought I would save more money, but I am spending A LOT trying to stock up my kitchen for cooking!

I am not a fan of freezing foods, in fact the only thing in my freezer at the moment is ice packs and ice cubes! ;) But I see the advantage in the Big Batch Cooking. I can even prioritize buying more veggies and using them for this.

Sometimes at the store I see a bag of fresh local carrots 5kg for like 3$. The price is incredible, but we don't need that many carrots!! But if I incorporate all the items on sale at a good price and make frozen meals with them, I can see how I save on time, money and energy in the long haul!

Moral of the story! I am going to give it a try!

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I decided I like batch cooking. I can freeze single portions. It easy easy to pull something healthier out to eat when I don't feel like cooking. And with portion sizes you don't over eat.

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Even though there are just the two of us, I do do "Big Batch Cooking". We often but in bulk. Although it is a 2 to three hour drive to get to the nearest Sam's Club or Costco - we make it worth it.

Love the crock pot the most for this. But this time of year when it is 110 before 7 AM - not doing soups or stews or much like that anyway.

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I will do soup, chili, roast, ect. with the intent for it to last a few days. I really don't like to freeze up leftovers. Stuff like that just creeps me out and always ends up in the trash. I do however buy most of my vegetables frozen to add to whatever I'm cooking at the moment or to go with dinner. This is great to throw in casserole dishes or soups. If anything I prefer to take left overs for lunches.



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I've done big batch & once a month cooking in the past but now that my husband has high blood pressure, I need to be on the lookout for lower sodium options. Alot of recipes seem to rely on high sodium soup for the base and are not very healthy.


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Dried beans and chili are my main big batch cooking
I love the 15 bean soup

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We don't do alot of big cooking in our house with exceptions of Jambalaya and Chili once in a while. Other than that we cook enough for four servings each meal (2 for my dad 1 for me and 1 for my mom).


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I cooked up a big batch of lean ground beef today. After cooking it, I rinsed and drained it and then spread it out on a cookie sheet. I put the sheet in the freezer until it was cold and then bagged it up in a zip lock. Now when I want to make tacos, burritos, etc I have the meat cooked and ready to heat.

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I can cook a lot for me but my family doesn't like leftovers so I freeze and bring out later for me and they have to fend for themselves. I just don't care anymore. You eat it or don't

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Big Batch cooking definitely is the way to go. We recently left town for a few weeks so I cooked up all the veggies in the fridge, added some chopped garden burgers and made a big pot of soup. I portioned the soup into individually baggies and put them in the freezer. Bonus was coming back from a trip and having meals in the freezer ready to go before I even had to go to the store!

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I cook a pot of soup big enough for lunches for a few days, and sometimes I'll cook double portions and make up a plate for the next day, but I don't really do much else. Mostly I don't care for the texture of potatoes and rice after they've been frozen. I freeze my raw meat in single meal pieces and buy bags of frozen veggies, so putting a meal together doesn't really take that long.

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I love to batch cook & do it when I find bargains at the grocery store meat department. This has been happening less though because I'm trying to steer clear of antibiotic treated protein.

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I used to do OAMC. I would shop on Friday and then spend Saturday and Sunday preparing meals for the month. I did this for myself and 2 other families, so I would prepare about 90 meals in one weekend.

Now the kids are grown, and I just prep my meals for the week.


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Has anyone ever tried batch cooking quinoa? I wonder if I can cook a bunch of it and freeze it in smaller portions for later use. A lot of my recipes call for cooked quinoa - seems like it would be easier to cook it and freeze it. I do this with rice.

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I do a little bit of batch cooking...it is just my hubby and me so I will make a recipe and freeze leftovers for later. If it is not enough for a whole meal, I will freeze what is left in small containers for a small lunch or snack (I eat six tiny meals per day, not big meals like most people). I also brown ground beef and sometimes cook chicken ahead to freeze. I've also frozen cooked turkey burgers. I want to try meatloaf sometime too. I have a few meals in my freezer right now, such as chili and minestrone. I am wondering if spaghetti freezes okay. I would love to do spaghetti! I also do breakfasts that I take with me to work....egg muffins and such.

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I love this team. I have gotten so many great ideas here.

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You've a good point, Ozzie. I've a large family, so batch-cooked every night with no leftovers. 8-) Now that dh is retired, 1/3 of my cooking serves 4, with 2 servings going into the freezer; 1/3 cooking is cooking what I froze, and 1/3 is cook and eat. I freeze in zip-locks, so that I can lay the food flat on top of things.
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Batch cooking is wasteful to me - I cook for one, do not have a large refrigerator or freezer, and what freezer room I do have is filled with frozen veggies and chicken or fish I bought on sale! So if I cook a large batch of food, don't have room to keep it, and get tired of eating it after 3 days, what good does that do me? I am on a fixed income and can't afford to be throwing food out! So I cook every few days, sometimes halve a recipe so there are not so many leftovers, and eat it until it's gone!

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emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon I try to cook a batch of beans and I did a lot of chicken so I'll have something handy when I'm rushing or busy. Try to keep fruit and vegetables on hand and ready to eat,. emoticon and to put into my NutriBullet :-) its a lifesaver



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I usually cook for a couple meals And one to freeze


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I am a single person living on my own and my freezer is on top of the fridge. I rent, my fridge is not in the best condition and I find that foods do not freeze up well. I also do not care to cook big amounts and then defrost later down the road.

Instead, I will continue to cook up enough for a few meals without having to freeze up the leftovers. There are days I will only cook enough for one meal, as I cook from fresh ingredients and I prefer my vegetables fresh. It's more than meat that I have cooked up more than I need for one meal, then I add in fresh vegetables.

I find that I waste less when I cook up for one meal or up to 3 meals - than batch cooking.



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My husband works out of town quite a bit, so the batch cooking I do is cook something that has 4-6 servings. I always pack my lunch and don't mind leftovers. In fact, I look forward to eating something I enjoyed over again! If there are more portions than I need, I do freeze those. That doesn't take much space in the freezer. This way I am also encouraged to try new healthy recipes.

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I don't have a big freezer. It's one o f the old style side-by-sides. So big batch cooking doesn't seem great for me.

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Every week or two I make a whole chicken or turkey. It's juicier than just cooking the pieces. It gives me enough for at least two dinners plus lunches. I can make soup, top a salad, make a sandwich, etc.

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I already cook extra to freeze for the nights I work late or just for a night we don't want to cook.
I keep several soups in the freezer, so we can have soup anytime we want it. I bought several different size freezer containers for storing the food. When ground beef is on sale , we buy it and cook it up and freeze in in freezer containers, which also saves time when it's already cooked.

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I am going to start by cooking for 4 and freezing the leftovers in single portion sizes for when I'm on the road. Have been doing this when there are leftovers but now I will start building the 'bulk' cooking into my plans so I am guaranteed frozen entrees for my trips!!.


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Great hint! I'm going to start freezing the roasted chicken and veggies leftovers for my chicken broths.

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I roasted 4 chickens for and event that I was cooking for. I needed to shred the chicken for the recipe that I was using. After deboning the birds, I broke the bones with a mallet, put them in an electric roaster with shredded onions, carrots, garlic, celery and tomatoes. Slow cooked over night, strained and skimmed off the fat,
Now I have 18 quarts of wonderfully flavored stock in my freezer.

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Oh, also... I'm making lentil soup on Saturday for my big batch cooking. :)

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I just read the article on freezing and big batch cooking. I saved it in my favorites. Great suggestions!

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i made chicken, mashed potatoes and corn (starchy but good). i had leftovers of corn and potatoes so i will have the corn tomrrow as a side for lunch and the potatoes may be a side with some chicken soup on wed night.


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I'm joining the second week of this challenge but under my Other goals" site I still have the old week one goals for checking off. How do I update this?


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Even though I live alone big batch cooking is my fave way to cook.
I really don't mind planned overs and eating the same thing for a few nights in a row.
I find it is a huge time and money saver and enjoy doing it.
Don't think I'll ever change that part of me.

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I like making big batches of soups and chili and freezing in 1 or 2 portion sizes. Since it is usually just my husband and me, the 2 portion sizes work great for a meal. If I am by myself and want a good meal, than I can just get out a 1 serving size. I also make small meatloaves and freeze those. I also freeze pintos. homemade breads, or anything else that will freeze well.


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STEPH057 the soup should freeze well. Depending on what you put in the casserole it may not freeze as well. I get carried away a lot. I have a group of friends who are willing to take the leftovers when I do--especially soups

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I am single, but I almost always cook a full recipe.I either give food to my friends and coworkers or just freeze leftovers if I can't eat everything.

Last night, I made a pot of buffalo chicken soup and a pork & green chile casserole for the week. I think I overdid it :)



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I made my chili and a chicken vegetable soup in my crockpot. I usually use my Foodsaver, sometimes other freezer containers. Always in 1 to 2 serving allotments in case I have company. Works well for me.

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Oh! Yum

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I make a large curry with extra brown rice and whatever is left over, is portion out, so on the evenings when I need a meal in a rush because of fitting in between lessons (I am a private music teacher and don't have regular gaps in the evening). At least I get to eat healthily on those occassions which I never used to.

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Great idea

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I use a lot of brown rice but it never lasts long enough to freeze it. That is a great idea though. I think I may cook a turkey next week and portion that out for a few things. I may even make some soup from it. Soups are great to freeze also.

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I also cook brown rice and portion it out in 1/2 cup portions; then freeze in snack size baggies.

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I am going to start cooking dried beans and freezing them. That is a great idea. The canned ones are so easy but too much salt.

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I love to cook and eat healthy.
I always cook up a whole package of dried peas or beans and freeze them in 1 cup servings.
They are one my almost instant foods.

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I roasted a turkey on sunday. so far i had 5 healthy meals from it and i also have 5 2-cup foodsaver bags of leftover meat. i will have to look for recipes.


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I'm a big batch cookin' kinda gal.

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As dumb as this may sound, but I have never really though of doing big batch cooking. At our home I cook every day and the leftovers I will eat the next day for lunch. I will start making my dinners in larger amounts and freezing them. This will for sure eliminate the burnt out feeling of eating the same meal more than once a week.


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Although it is just my husband and myself, I always cook full recipes. After eating, I put enough for another meal in the frig and then freeze the rest, using 2-serving sized plastic containers. I like containers better than plastic bags, as they stack better and seem easier to find later.

When making a casserole, I often put it into two baking dishes and put one in the freeze. Then I can put it out and bake it later.

Beans and bean soups also freeze great. Actually any soup freezes great, though potato chunks can be mushy. If so, then just blend the soup.

Recently I made the squash soup with the pesto. (Excellent!) When it had cooled, I froze 2 pints of the soup and a couple small (half cup) containers of the pesto.

Don't forget to label. I use the 1"x2' labels from an office store. I put the year in the upper left corner so it's easy to spot. Then the month and day in the lower right. The meal goes in the middle, somethings with the ingredients listed.

Although it's best to used this food up in a few months, I have been digging into the depth of the freezer, and have found soups, greens or berries from the previous year that are still very tasty/



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Yes, we would love to know!

I bought a large piece of pork to save money. When I parted it out I took the time to precut pieces for stir fry and chops. This will save me time in the evenings when we need a quick meal!

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Vixen,
I am curious.
What did you make?
Please share that with us.
Thanks

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I cooked up four meals yesterday morning and saved myself a bunch of kitchen time over a couple of days. Didn't even take longer to make them at the same time than it did to make just one. :)

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I love the idea about the meat loaf minis, thanks! I've been batch cooking for a while, but found it really important this year with 2 kiddos away in college and one teen still at home who all needed better alternatives for when they get hungry. So, with that said, I cook a meal and either triple or quadruple it and then we eat it for that day and I measure the rest of it out in servings and freeze them in Ziploc containers. My college kids love being able to just take a meal out of the freezer, and the rest of us at home love being able to have a healthy choice for those times when we get hungry. It has really worked well for my teen at home because she gets a portion controlled great meal as opposed to fast food. It also works really well for my husband and I to have healthier lunches. I forgot to mention I'll cook 2-3 meals over a couple of days and that's what we eat on until it's almost gone and time batch cook again! Happy cooking!!


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i do this often. made chillki last weekend. still have some in the freezer. hubby made homemade pizza- it is always a good way to get a 1 or 2 leftover meals out of.


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I'm going to make meat loaf minis...I make them in cup cake tins, they take way less time and are about 2 oz. a piece and they freeze great

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