Batch Cooking - OMG

Saturday, January 07, 2012

I need to give props to IAMZBEE and TRUENESS. I had no idea all that was involved in batch cooking.

Today I decided to prepare my meals for next week and I was on my feet cooking for at least 2.5hours. emoticon

I'm done now and feel a huge sense of accomplishment. emoticon

As soon as everything cools it's going into containers and ziplock bags for next week. emoticon

For those of you who are pros - please share any time saving secrets you have. 2.5hrs is way too long but since it was a quiet day - I think I got lost in my domestic duties.

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    That's a great idea... ! Might help me in my attempts to get back on track..
    Guess I know what I will be doing this weekend !! (And I guess I should dig out that food saver/sealer thingie I bought...right before I fell off the program..LOL...).. !!

    3172 days ago
    emoticon I like to batch cook because I hate cooking. So if I can spend a few hours on Sunday preparing everything for the week I'm in happy mode for the rest of the week. I've been thinking about investing in one of those sealers so that I can do more meals and have more room in the freezer.

    3175 days ago
  • SWTONU2000
    Hey Sister. I usually do mine 1st thing Sunday morning right after my 6:00 am grocery store run. I can do a load of laundry & clean up a bit. It does take at least 2 hours but its so worth not having to spend the extra time making meals when you get home in the evening.
    3175 days ago
    Girl, it is because you have only now done, once you have tried it for 2 or 3 times. You will cut done on your timing. It is such a good feeling because all you will be doing when you get home is warming up what you have and you will find it so easy and less time consuming. I do it quite a lot and eat the same food several times in a week or two. It works well for me. You will get a hand of it. Best wishes. You have done well with your 2.5 hrs. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3176 days ago
    oh fun! i've never tried batch cooking, but i def think i could benefit from it. Please pass on the tips you get so a novice like me can get started!
    3176 days ago
  • no profile photo CD1540230
    I like to have the tv on or some music and it helps me pass the time. 2.5 hours is actually pretty quick (for me, lol). I spent about 4-5 hours this passed weekend. But, think about all of the time it saves you during the week & all of the calories/meals are clearly planned out for you so you know exactly what you're eating that day and time. Plus, I enjoy making sure that I have the least amount of processed stuff in my meals. :) But yeah, once you get used to it, you'll save yourself some more time. Like, cooking a few different things at a time.
    3176 days ago
    After you do it a few times, it will take less time. I also put everything in Gladware so it's ready to grab and go! I totally agree with TRUENESS, think of all the time you'll save during the week when most will use that time as their excuse why they're not eating healthy. Like anything, it will become an easy routine! Great job!

    3177 days ago
  • no profile photo CD6939912
    Well, I don't necessarily batch cook, but I do cook enough so that I'm not cooking every single day of the week. LOL With a family, I try to leave things "ready" in the fridge for any person to do for themselves if need be. Nobody needs to be waiting on me to make dinner, breakfast or lunch. LOL

    I don't usually put everything in ziplock bags or portion-controlled containers right away. I just put what I've prepared in big containers, then every morning I portion out. So, you're actually saving more time than I typically do. That 2.5 hours now will save you precious time all week.
    3177 days ago
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