#CommentsWays to Save: Day 7- Bulk Cooking Basics

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Have you ever thought about cooking in bulk so you could free up some time and save some money? Some people cook for an entire month over a day or two. One of my friends lives by cooking for a month and creating meals she can simply grab from her freezer. When I can I love to spend Sunday preparing food for the week ahead. Bulking cooking definitely does free up your time. Now there are some bulk cooking basics that are important to remember.

Prepare Ahead

Sometimes thinking about cooking in bulk can get a bit overwhelming but by doing the prep work you will be on your way. What is the prep work?

1. Think about what you want to achieve. Are you cooking for an entire month? all meals? or just dinner? For me I do just dinners and have simple breakfast and lunch meals ready that take no longer then 15 mins of prep time.

2. Make a list, check it twice. Planning for your meals is important, what will you cook, do you have a great recipe everyone loves? If you need bulk cooking ideas I really suggest Pinterest as a great resource. Write down what you want to cook, and make a list of ingredients. I also check my favorite money saving apps to see what is on sale. ( For me here mine are Flipp and Checkout 51. In the states you might also like some of the coupon apps)

3. Think about your storage. How will you store this food? Do you have the freezer space? Check and make sure. Do you have the containers needed? I grab what I need from the dollar store. I stock up on aluminum trays and plastic freezer bags. For some things I do recyle plastic containers. Don’t forget labels.

4. Shop with a List. Remember that list I had you make? Well it’s time to hit the grocery store with your list.

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Cook Day/ Days

1. Start early. By getting an early start to the day you are giving yourself time to enjoy the cooking experience.

2. Do your prep work. We chop all our vegetables, open up the cans, get the spices ready, and basically prepare chef stations. Since I do this for a week I have 7 stations I set up on my table.

3. Boost your energy. It’s going to be a long day, so to boost my energy I enjoy music while I cook. I turn on my favorite country tunes and well I have been known to break out in dance in my kitchen.

4. Start cooking. Tine to get cooking. In our house this is a family affair with both me and my daughter cooking. She is the better cook and even studying culinary arts in her high school. So feel free to get some help in the kitchen.

5. Everything cooked, now it’s time to store it all. Make sure you package the containers, freezer bags with proper labels. What needs to go on the label? Contents, date made.

Clean Up

Time to do the dishes and return your kitchen back to order, at this time I also use some oil and diffuser to get rid of any unwanted odors.

Have you bulk cooked? How many meals have you prepped at one time?

 

 

31 Days and 31Ways to Save- Bulk Cooking and Menu Monday

What a busy week that was! It flew by for our family. Can you believe we are now half way through the 31 days series. I hope you are finding ways that you can save.

One of the ways to save especially if you have a family on the go is by bulk  cooking. You cook ahead. For families on the go this works and it does cut down on the urge to grab and go on the run from the local fast food places.

So since we don’t bulk cook all that much here as I have limited freezer space I wanted to share some resources I found on the subject:

So those should get you started on bulk cooking and saving, so now it is time to look at the menu for this week.

Monday-teen cook- Spaghetti with Tomatoes and vegetable sauce.

Tuesday- Stove Top Tuna Noodle Casserole and salad

Wednesday- Easy Chicken Pot Pie and salad

Thursday- Slow Cooker Beef Stew and Rolls

Friday-left overs

Saturday- We will be eating out this long weekend.

Sunday- We will have another meal out.

So what is cooking at your house? and do you have anything planned for the long weekend? Now I am off to Organizing Junkie to see what is on the menus of many of my friends.

PS* the winners of the Tenderflake coupons are Kim Richards and @katsima. Hope you enjoy your pie making.