Feeding my Family After a Day of Batch Cooking

On Sunday I shared a glimpse into my day of batch cooking on my Facebook Page. Batch cooking allows me to fill my freezer with “homemade convenience food” and speeds up dinner prep on busy nights. For me, batch cooking is different than once a month cooking because I am not actually assembling meals. Instead I am dicing, grating, and cooking elements that will be used in meals. I don’t mind cooking dinner, I just don’t always have a lot of time to do it. Batch cooking allows me to cut 10 – 30 minutes off of the prep time and get right to assembling ingredients.

It’s all good EXCEPT for the day that I have been doing all that batch cooking. I have spent several hours in the kitchen and don’t have a meal to show for it. And the last thing I feel like doing is cooking! But it would just be wrong to go out to eat on a day that has been devoted to ensuring that we don’t eat convenience food. :)

This is where the slow cooker saves the day! Prior to beginning my batch cooking and while I still have energy, I throw the ingredients for dinner in a slow cooker, turn it on and forget it until dinner time. This has the added advantage that every time someone pops into the kitchen commenting on all the wonder smells and asking what you are making, you can point to the wonderful smell in the slow cooker and say that is dinner. This gets a much better reaction than shoeing them out and telling them they can’t eat anything you are cooking because it is all going in the freezer. Trust me, I am speaking from experience.

slow cooker pork and sauerkraut with sweet potatoes

I made pork and sauerkraut with sweet potatoes in the slow cooker. At the end of a long day, it was nice to sit down to an easy homecooked meal that my family loves.

Do you want to try your hand at batch cooking? Below are some ideas to get you started, but don’t forget the first step and start dinner in the slow cooker first!

How to Create Inexpensive Lean Hamburger

How to Make Rice in a Pressure Cooker

How to Make Beans in a Pressure Cooker

How to Batch Grill Chicken Using Different Marinades

How to Batch Broil Chicken

Do you have excess produce from your garden? Chop, dice, and freeze it in useable quantities:

How to Freeze Cherry Tomatoes

How to Freeze Diced Tomatoes

Freezing Berries

Freezing Peppers

Freezing Lemon and Lime Juice

How to Quickly Dice and Freeze Bell Peppers



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About Alea Milham

Alea Milham is the owner and editor of Premeditated Leftovers. She shares her tips for saving money and time while reducing waste in her home. Her favorite hobby, gardening, is a frugal source of organic produce for her recipes. She believes it is possible to live fully and eat well while spending less.

Comments

  1. Parallel cooking with the crock pot in the background? What a great idea! It is odd how irritated I get when I am cooking ahead for the freezer and the family “steals” from their future selves.

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