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    Teresita
    Batch cooking ideas please
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    • 11th Aug 06, 2:37 PM
    Batch cooking ideas please 11th Aug 06 at 2:37 PM
    I am due to go back to work full time in September and am not looking forward to it at all.

    I am looking for recipes that I can batchcook and freeze to make my life simpler.

    I have a 5 month old and a 2 year old I would prefer to spend my time with after work so any ideas are much appreciated.

    Along with adult meals am making stuff for the baby too.

    Think I have a big task ahead of me but it will be worth it if I can spend more time whith the kids when I get home.

    Thanks in advance

    Teresa
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  • marklefty
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    • 11th Aug 06, 4:27 PM
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    • 11th Aug 06, 4:27 PM
    I read a book which included the subject of batch freezing it suggested
    1) Cooking a whole batch of minced beef with onions for use with sheppards pie, spag bog chilli con carni. (we buy minced beef from the local butcher in 10 Lbs for about £14.00 and bag of onions from the market for a fiver)

    2)Stewing steak and onions for curries and stews etc again stewing beef from the butcher about the same price as the mince.

    3)Making two or three cakes in the same oven

    Also when cooking a meal make twice the amount and freeze the rest

    hope this helps
    • Softstuff
    • By Softstuff 11th Aug 06, 4:34 PM
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    • 11th Aug 06, 4:34 PM
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    • 11th Aug 06, 4:34 PM
    Here's a few main courses, all will freeze well and all using mince:
    Lasagne
    Meatballs
    Homemade burgers
    Chilli con carne
    Bolognese sauce

    A couple more for the heck of it:
    Chicken in a creamy mushroom sauce
    Chicken schnitzels

    Side dishes:
    Home made chips part cooked
    Mashed potato with cheese

    Baked goods:
    Muffins
    Scones
    Pancakes (remember to put greaseproof paper between)

    Something I always do when I do the batch cooking is when we eat one of those meals it tends to be accompanied by fresh pasta (only a four minute cook) and fresh steamed veggies (cut up veggies quick, pop into microwavable bowl with 3 tbsp water, cover, on high for 5 mins). Speedy meals
    • Topher
    • By Topher 11th Aug 06, 7:05 PM
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    • 11th Aug 06, 7:05 PM
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    • 11th Aug 06, 7:05 PM
    When we batch Bake/cook, we buy two or three chickens to roast, then section them up and bag them, we make litres of a tomato sauce (fried onions, tinned tomatoes, tomato puree some sugar, passata if you have it.) litres of curry base (takes hours to cook down so really handy to have as a meal starter.) Chicken stock (from the roasted bones & bits) All are divided into our family sized portions, bagged, frozen in boxes which are later removed leaving handy rectangular shaped frozen meal starters.
    We use these as bases for many meals to come, rather than cook complete meals to freeze. It really takes the sting out of having to cook from scratch after a hard day's work, and we found we didn't always want to have a fully prepped meal from the freezer.
    Rectangular sponge cakes, plain & chocolate are reasonabley versatile pudding bases too.
    T.
    • Eels100
    • By Eels100 11th Aug 06, 9:00 PM
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    • 11th Aug 06, 9:00 PM
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    • 11th Aug 06, 9:00 PM
    Soup soup soup ...
    The easiest one being:
    Lightly fry some onions (don't stint, the more the better), add some chopped carrots for colour, and then chuck in some chopped potatoes OR some lentils. Add loads of seasoning (I prefer just salt and LOADS of pepper) and simmer for ages. Then whizz if you prefer smooth. No stock, ultra-healthy, cheap as chips and freezes really well.

    Also, lasagne/bolognese/chilli/mince freezes well, and various stews/curries/goulash etc etc. Limitless!
  • Bunnie1982
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    • 28th Sep 06, 10:24 AM
    Batch Cooking
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    • 28th Sep 06, 10:24 AM
    We are trying to cut down on the amount we spend on shopping, it's usually between 20-25 a week for 2 of us which I know is reasonably good already.

    I was wondering what other meals I can batch cook to last us a few days?

    I can only seem to make spaghetti bolognaise, stews and soups last
    • newlywed
    • By newlywed 28th Sep 06, 10:30 AM
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    • 28th Sep 06, 10:30 AM
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    • 28th Sep 06, 10:30 AM
    I always cook two shepherds pies at a time and freeze one (bulk it out with lots of veg too).

    I do the same with lasage. Cooked a s/pie last night for tea and put a lasagne in the oven at the same time to freeze. Used the same meat sauce.

    When we eat the lasagne there's always enough left to reheat for the following night for tea.
    • CarolnMalky
    • By CarolnMalky 28th Sep 06, 10:31 AM
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    CarolnMalky
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    • 28th Sep 06, 10:31 AM
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    • 28th Sep 06, 10:31 AM
    Chili Con Carne is a good one too...we make a vat of that and freeze it in batches and keep some for lunches/dinners.
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    • squeaky
    • By squeaky 28th Sep 06, 10:33 AM
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    • 28th Sep 06, 10:33 AM
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    • 28th Sep 06, 10:33 AM
    These might help:-

    Batch cooking ideas please

    Batch cooking tips

    Once a month cooking

    Once a month cooking (freezer cooking)



    And you'll also find help in the Cooking section of the MEGA Index sticky at the top of the forum listing.

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  • Bunnie1982
    Thank you all, that has helped me loads
  • tr3mor
    Chilis, currys, anything really. If Mr T's can sell frozen meal X then you can make yourself X and freeze it!

    If you're ambitious you can plate up whole roast dinners and freeze them, best to let them defrost slowly before microwaving them though!
  • floridadreamin
    Mince and Tatties is a favourite in our house. Home-made burgers work too. I literally freeze anything home- made with the exception of pasta (Idon't seem to have much joy with this) anything casseroled or in a sauce seems to work
    • suzy g
    • By suzy g 2nd Dec 06, 11:13 AM
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    suzy g
    batch freezer cooking
    I have just got myself another freezer, and have decided to start filling it
    with homemade things. i would love to know what some of you cook to put in your freezer? thanks suzy
  • lilac_lady
    Home made soup, stews, chillies - all made in slow cooker and frozen in different size portions. Also anything on bogof like muffins, bread, cheese, cold meat. The list is endless. Enjoy!
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    • thriftlady
    • By thriftlady 2nd Dec 06, 11:22 AM
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    thriftlady
    Hi Suzy,
    I don't cook complete meals, but I do make large quantities of things like tomato sauce, chicken stock, meat sauce, cheese sauce, pastry. That way I have the components for many different kinds of meals. it makes making a lasagne say, a doddle.
    HTH
    • squeaky
    • By squeaky 2nd Dec 06, 11:24 AM
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    Some other threads with lots of ideas:-

    - Cooking for the freezer... Help!
    - Cooking meals for the Freezer
    - Cooking for the freezer - vegetarian
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    • suzy g
    • By suzy g 2nd Dec 06, 11:27 AM
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    thanks for your replys, and squeaky thankyou I did do a search? but failed. suzy
    • crawley_girl
    • By crawley_girl 2nd Dec 06, 11:36 AM
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    crawley_girl
    Shepherds pie, curry, lasagne, pasta bakes

    CG
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  • kathyd
    If I do a Sunday lunch and there are only the two of us I still do enough veg and potatoes to go along with the meat and freeze several ready meals (if its a beef roast I usually pop a frozen yorkie in with the meal as well).

    By the way, I use foil plates then cover completely with foil.
    • squeaky
    • By squeaky 2nd Dec 06, 12:10 PM
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    thanks for your replys, and squeaky thankyou I did do a search? but failed. suzy
    by suzy g
    That's OK. I pinched them straight out of the MEGA Index
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