Once a Month Cooking
September 18, 2009 8 Comments
Quite a long time ago I had read about Bulk Cooking on someone’s blog. I wish for the life of me I could remember who, but it has been SO LONG that I can’t remember.
So the general idea of this plan is that once a month you cook the ENTIRE DAY. You are a cooking FIEND. And you put everything in the freezer, well wrapped and labeled, until the day before you want to eat it. Then you thaw it in the fridge overnight and then heat it up for dinner. No cooking, just heating. So on any given day you don’t have a lot to worry about or do – just thaw a meal and put in the oven – that is your entire duty. But one day a month ALL you do is cook.
Because I’m a person who really doesn’t like to cook, this idea appeals to me. I mean, now that I see the benefit financially and taste-wise of cooking, I’m TOTALLY okay cooking 3-4 times per week (I’m the queen of left overs), but I still don’t enjoy doing it.
So I put on hold the The Everything Meals for a Month book by Linda Larsen at my public library and I finally was next on the list for it this week. I browsed through it last night as I was going to bed and I think that I may try some modification of the techniques in the book.
First, this book is aimed for a family of 4. The SMALLEST recipes are for 4 servings and the largest are for 12. The idea being that you make a triple batch of a recipe and then your family can eat it 3 times that month – and you’ve just saved some time.
However, since I’m a single chick living on my own, a serving size of 4 leaves me with 4 meals to eat – which means each recipe I’d get to eat 4 times during the month (not just 3 like you would if you were a family and made a triple batch). However, I eat my left over dinners as lunch the next day. So I think I would probably just take the family of 4 recipes and STORE them in halves. That way when I cook dinner for one day I’m also cooking lunch for the next.
Instead of spending all day slaving in the kitchen for a month of food when I’m not sure if I’m going to like the process, I think what I’m going to do is make two different meals and freeze them. Then eat the two different meals (for me, this would give me 8 total meals – or 4 days worth of food – 4 lunches + 4 dinners) over the course of the next week. If I like the convenience of just thawing and reheating food then I’ll see about continuing with the Once a Month Cooking.
If nothing else, I think that doing 1-2 meals and freezing them would be really good for days when I KNOW that I will be tired when I get home or when I know that I won’t have much time to get a meal together. Those are the days that I usually end up eating out at some really crappy fast food place. It would be nice to know that there is food at home ready to just be heated and then eaten.
Have you even tried any bulk cooking? Did you have positive or negative results with it? Any tips for me?