Batch cooking isn't just for dinners and lunches! Save yourself valuable time in the morning with these frugal tips on How to Batch Cook for Breakfast.
When most people batch cook, they start with the main meal most people are all together for; dinner. This is the most logical meal to start with as it's usually the one most people have the hardest time deciding what to make. It is also the most time consuming to make in most households. But, what if you have the dinner thing down and are ready to move onto meal prepping for the other meals of the day? Breakfast is an easy one to do! Here are some tips on How to Batch Cook for Breakfast to make mornings a snap in your home!
How to Batch Cook for Breakfast
Buy in bulk. Just as you buy rice and beans in bulk for dinner time batch cooking, buy breakfast staples like oats and other grains in bulk. You can also buy eggs in larger quantities as well. You can buy ground meat in bulk and use it to make homemade sausage. Buying in bulk saves you time and money!
Choose recipes that freeze well. Generally speaking, most of us just want something quick in the morning. This is why batch cooking and meal prepping your breakfast makes sense. Waffles, pancakes, and muffins can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months, so go ahead and double or triple that recipe! Since cooked eggs and meats freeze well, breakfast sandwiches and burritos are a good choice. Additionally, breakfast lends itself to simple meal prep, like freezing bags of fruit for smoothies. Use recipes from the cookbook Prep-Ahead Breakfasts and Lunches that include storing, freezing, thawing, and reheating tips.
Make your own mixes. Skip out on expensive mixes for things like pancakes and waffles. Instead, make your own mixes and portion them out so all you need to add is the liquid ingredients and mix. Or you can add the liquid and freeze the batter. Then you can thaw the frozen batter, snip off a corner, and pipe the batter into whatever pan you will be cooking it in.
Shop for seasonal ingredients. Just like with other kinds of meal prep and batch cooking, shopping seasonally is the way to go at breakfast. Make your smoothie mixes out of seasonal fruits to save even more money. Add in-season fruit to your oatmeal and in-season vegetables to your egg dishes. If you can't find what you need on sale in the produce section, buy frozen fruits and vegetables.
Customize creations with ease. If you like the idea of being able to customize things like oatmeal, try making some overnight refrigerator oats that can be customized in a jiffy for specific tastes.