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Practical Cooking Tips for Singles

Save Time, Money and Reduce Waste

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  • PATTICAKE13
    Thank you for all the infor. It gets me into the right mind set. I had forgotten what i use to do, when I was eating 3 meals a day. with nothing in bewteen. Eating healthy meals and menues. - 8/20/2011 5:29:33 PM
  • Cooking once a week and freezing or refrigerating - meh. Makes me feel like I'm eating leftovers. I'd rather cook every day or eat raw than store cooked food. Just me... - 8/20/2011 8:44:27 AM
  • Awesome Tips! I try to get together with a couple of my single buddies once a month & do a swap. We each make a full recipe, portion out the servings, keep a serving for ourselves & swap the remaining portions with each other. It's a nice way to share your extra stuff & not end up eating the same thing all week. - 8/9/2011 6:52:51 PM
  • I try to do most of my cooking on the weekends and then immediately put the dish into individual containers for meals during the week or freezing. Saves me lots of time, since my weeknights are often busy. I also have a single friend who likes to eat as much as I like to cook, so that works out great. I find I eat less too when I eat with a friend since I'm engaged in conversation and not just eating! I eat slower and have a chance to feel full. - 8/9/2011 4:08:32 PM
  • These tips certainly apply to singles, I use them and I'm single! I like to get the family packs of boneless skinless chicken breast on sale and freeze them flat. I'll plan a variety of meals that week around chicken so it doesn't get boring. I make enough to have a lunch the next day at work. Be creative. - 8/9/2011 12:20:49 PM
  • MYNEWNORMAL
    I love the idea about using the bulk section of the grocery store. I always thought of that for large quantities, but buying only what I need will keep me from having to throw out half-full packages after they expire. Thanks! - 5/12/2011 11:45:34 AM
  • BIENEGOLD
    There wasn't a single tip in here that was actually for singles. Fail. - 4/14/2011 8:17:52 PM
  • lots of good tips.. thanks! - 3/2/2011 12:37:42 PM
  • this article is a great one. i cook in large batches and freeze myself. i too live by myself and this help me with my tight food budget. i just made a small beef roast with lots of potatoes and carrots. it made five one quart containers which i froze and believe me i will be splitting that into lunch and dinner by adding more veggies or a side salad thanks again this was great as i no know i am not alone in my way of cooking. - 2/28/2011 11:10:09 AM
  • I love to cook so I don't mind spending hours in kitchen even though it is just me! I do batch cooking because I know that there will be days that I will not have the time nor energy to cook, and I find it very easy to turn yesterdays roast into 3 or 4 different meals which i can freeze. - 2/16/2011 11:01:58 AM
  • More information necessary for daily living that is not taught in school! Thanks! - 10/6/2010 12:57:35 AM
  • KAKIPOPUP
    Taste of Home (Reiman) has a couple of cookbooks about cooking for 1 or 2 - - 7/10/2010 3:33:25 PM
  • JAATKINS
    I like all of the cookbooks from WW or Cooking Light that are 5 Ingredient and 15 mins. They have all of the cal/fat/protein/carb info. I really love cooking for myself! I'm not a big leftover or crockpot person but some things like lasagna or chili are really good as leftovers! I really prefer freshly cooked food and try to use what is in my garden or herbs growing in my windowsill. - 3/17/2010 8:23:43 PM
  • I have done batch cooking off an on for 40 years, starting in college where I had one of those little waist high fridges. You don't have to make a finished product as a "batch." I chop several pounds of onions, some green peppers, garlic, carrots, and any other veg that looks good. I measure them into 1/2 to 1 cup zip bags for use in recipes that call for raw vegs. Some I make into italian sauce for spaghetti and other pasta dishes; some I saute for use in meat loaf, sauces, omelets, soups. That is batch cooking that fits into any tiny freezer. you can make nearly 2 weeks of meals with the vegs you store in the tiny top of a dorm freezer. spend some quality time with a stack of cookbooks from the library. pick the easiest recipes out with the flavors you like. divide them in half, then make a list of how much vegs you need. that is the most time consuming preparation part of any recipe. you can make it even easier by hitting the salad bar and buying it all pre-chopped. remove the air from the bags and they can be stacked flat (will defrost very quickly) - 3/13/2010 10:01:12 PM
  • If you don't have room to store batches of food, then store half and give half to another couple in your building or neighborhood. A good way to build karma. - 3/6/2010 12:29:13 PM

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