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Good info to know, Thanks.

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Thank you. I really need to try that.


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CHERIJ --- I think if you put your recipe into spark it will calculate...you just need to determine what your serving size is and it will tell you the break down. Try it...it's very helpful. I have put a few recipes in that I make quite often and it tells you the Na, fat, etc...

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HI, I DON'T KNOW HOW TO FIGURE OUT CALORIES, BUT IF YOU PUT THAT QUESTION INTO THE SEARCH ENGINE, MAYBE IT WILL HAVE AN ANSWER FOR YOU. GOOD LUCK.
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I really need to try some big batch cooking even though there are only 2 of us. My biggest problem is figuring out calories, etc. per serving.

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7/23/14 4:01 P

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THAT SOUNDS LIKE A GOOD IDEA? I THINK THAT I'LL TRY IT?





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7/22/14 9:47 P

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Big batch cooking is great. Besides cooking in batches, I like to chop up vegetables and fruits and have then ready to go whether it is just have handy to nibble on or have them ready to use in recipes. Saves lots of time.

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Big batch cooking is a good idea since it makes it convenient for quick and easy meals,


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Big batch cooking is something I am definitely go to start doing

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6/29/14 9:20 A

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Big batch cooking is good to do because it saves you time and you have healthy foods available when you need it. Great job. emoticon

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I started batch cooking last year, when my parents were having trouble making meals, I bought a case of 5x8 foil pans with cardboard lids and another of the 5x5 size. Sometimes I spend an evening doing several meals, their favorate for a quick meal is homemade mac and cheese, that is easy to whip up and freeze, but along the way I have made a lot of different meals including old favorites and new meals. I make meatloaves in the small foil loaf pans, and they can be defrosted and cooked or put in the oven frozen. I also got some deep dish 5" pie plates and made chicken pot pies, steak and kidney pies and some fruit pies. My dad has a sweet tooth, so one evening I choose 3 cookie recipes from King Arthur flour, chocolate chip, molasses, and oatmeal and made up the dough, used a cookie scoop to make the right size dough balls and froze them, they can take out a couple and cook them in the toaster oven. When I make them meals in the larger size I put a couple in the smaller pans for me, it is great to come home in the morning and pop it in the toaster oven and when I am done barn chores there is a hot meal ready for me.

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Maybe you should do it less often. You don't want it going to waste.
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I love cooking in batches and freezing. My biggest problem is to remember to get it out of the freezer again instead of continuing to cook and freeze. Once the freezer is full, I realize I've been cooking more than eating the convenient food in there!

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Even when I was single, I did big batch cooking and froze it according to one meal's worth (amount varies whether for single or more). When I cook in a crockpot, I make as much as it can hold.

At this point, DH gets upset if you don't have backup containers of Venison Chili or Jambalaya or Rice. We also need to keep some gourmet pressure cooker chicken broth in the freezer so we can turn that into a yummy chicken noodle soup very quickly (although it's hard to keep it in inventory because DH practically inhales that soup!).

Now that DH is older, his appetite has shrunk. So for certain dishes, I go the opposite direction and cook only the amount we plan to eat. I have a 2.5-liter pressure frypan that cooks in a flash for smaller portions.

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6/13/14 11:22 A

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Great way to save time and money. emoticon

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I enjoy cooking too. I've always cooked too much for just my husband and I. Left overs get stored in the fridge in a big container - we eat a bit then it gets thrown away,

I went to the Dollar store and bough some 1 cup and 1.5 c containers. I made a no meat version of taco soup and muffin tin meat loaf (I used the big muffin tin). I have frozen half, each in their own container.

I also do this when I buy fruit, especially berries. I wash them and freeze 1/2 cup in snack bags. I take a bag to work with a yogurt and I have 2 snack ready.

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6/1/14 11:26 A

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I enjoy cooking and even though it is just me and my husband, we still batch cook. Sure saves time on a weeknight when I havelock work till 500 pm or when last patient is gone and we don't know how to plan dinner. We just go to the freezer, thaw a prepared meal out and reheat whenever I get home. Also every Sunday I make a big batch of Baked oatmeal with peaches, blueberries and almonds and put in containers in the fridge. In the morning I just reheat a serving in the microwave, add some vanilla yogurt as I don't like milk and my breakfast is made in less than 5 minutes and it is also so good for me.

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5/13/14 9:58 A

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GOOD IDEA. IT'S A GOOD IDEA TO HAVE EXTRA FOR A FEW MEALS. IT SAVES TIME AND IT'S AVAILABLE WHEN YOU'RE HUNGRY. emoticon

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I had some chicken breasts i threw in a slow cooker. i used it to poach them. then i shredded the meat. i used some for lunch today and i will use more tomorrow. Today I also made some egg muffins. they make easy breakfasts during the week.

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I don't do big batch cooking, but I do make enough for a few extra meals that can be had for lunch or dinner. This is helpful in cases when I don't have time to cook. emoticon

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I found the add recipes on Spark recipes. Add your ingredients, etc., it calculates all the info for you. It does take a little extra time, but puts it in your food tracker in favorites and also saves in your recipe box. I have added two recipes now. Its great, plus you can share your recipes with everyone. I love to cook... emoticon emoticon

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5/8/14 1:13 A

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When I make batch meals I add up all the ingredients, divide the total food into separate containers and do the math to determine how much is in each container. I then make a group meal listing the ingredients based on the portion in each container and save the group for use later. For example, I made a crockpot vegetable chili yesterday and separated it into five containers, each corresponding to one meal. Although I used four tomatoes, I listed the group as .8 tomatoes because 1/5 of 4 = .8. I did the same with each ingredient and once the group is made and saved, counting the future meals is a snap by inserting the saved group.

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I get sick of having a certain meal to many times. but i do make an extra 2 or 3 portions of food so i have enough for a few other meals. i sometimes make a cassserole on the weekend so i have easy lunches during the week,

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I have a question regarding cooking up batches of food and tracking the calories. I cook without recipes a lot. I made up a huge kale salad with lots of veggies and some fruit, nuts etc., a quinoa, black bean chicken soup, chicken enchiladas, salsa. So now how do I track the calories in my food tracker?

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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
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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!
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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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10/21/13 2:32 P

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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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10/3/13 9:27 A

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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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9/27/13 1:00 P

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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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9/24/13 8:11 P

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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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8/20/13 4:11 P

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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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