What is batch cooking

You might have heard of batch cooking, especially if you have googled ways to cut food waste or how to save on a low income. Truth be told batch cooking isn’t just for people on a low income. Batch cooking is for anyone who likes to be organized ahead of time or wants to avoid food waste.

What is batch cooking?

Batch cooking is cooking meals ahead of time. Cooking larger portions or cooking multiple meals at once to be eaten in the future.

What are the benefits?

Batch cooking saves you time, money and electricity.

Time

Days that you don’t have time to cook you can take a batch cooked meal out to defrost and have a delicious and healthy meal ready to reheat at dinner time.

Electricity

Batch cooking allows you to optimize your cooking to save electricity.

Cooking lager portions in the slow cooker is a wonderful way to save electricity. Running your slow cooker is said to be one of the cheapest ways to cook as the energy consumption is so low.

You can cook multiple meals at once in the oven to maximize the savings on electricity. If you are running the oven anyway you might as well get the most value for money.

Money

Instead of buying expensive and frankly unhealthy take-away meals you have a cost effective and delicious meal prepped ahead of time for days you don’t have time or interest to cook.

Not only are you avoiding buying expensive take-aways but you are also avoiding food waste. Food waste is incredibly expensive. Consider you have paid for travel to and from the store, bought the food, paid to store it and now you’re possibly going to pay to dispose of it? It doesn’t make sense. That’s how batch cooking saves you money. You aren’t wasting food.

Methods

There are two ways you can batch cook to save time in the future. You can cook double portion sizes and freeze half for another day. Alternatively you can take an afternoon to batch cook multiple meals and freeze them for another time.

What do I need to start batch cooking?

  • Ingredients
  • Recipes you like
  • Pots, pans and cooking utensils
  • Fridge and/or freezer
  • Suitable containers for the fridge or freezer
  • Permanent marker or labels and pen to name and date your cooking
  • Slow cooker (optional)

What can I batch cook?

Plenty of meals freeze well and can be cooked ahead of time.

BreakfastDinnerTreats and snacks
Smoothie portions StewSoup
PancakesCasseroleSandwiches
Breakfast muffinsCurryBiscuits
Sausage rollsShepard’s pie Buns and cakes
Banana breadCottage pieBread
Pasta Sauce
Home-made pizza

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