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Do you batch cook?

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mrspaddy Sun 21-Apr-13 14:15:55

Hi, it is just me and DH and the moment.. little one on the way. I good in batches regularly. We buy a free range turkey and make batches of curry. I have just made eight portions of casserole and six mince dinners. I honestly think it saves so much time and effort. I buy the veg on offer in ALDI/LIDL and go to butchers for meat. I do love cooking though and don't rely on these dinners. Would love a few more freezer dinner ideas like a nice goulash or that as stuck in a bit of a rut.

NumTumDeDum Sun 21-Apr-13 14:20:02

I batch make soups and freeze them in individual portions as I never finish a full can. I also make batches of chilli, bolognese, sheperds/cottage pie. I've also got some individual apple crumbles in the freezer at the moment. If I've a glut of any veg I'll chop that and freeze it too.

PandaG Sun 21-Apr-13 14:25:14

yes. I always fill my slow cooker, have one meal for 4 out of it, and put 1 or 2 more meals for 4 in the freezer - chilli, bolognaise sauce, various stews/casseroles.

Sometimes I make up 2 or 3 lasagnes at once, or shepherd's pies.

Jemster Sun 21-Apr-13 15:12:45

I don't but I'd like to. I often see meat reduced to bargain price at the end of the day in Sainsburys as it has to be eaten that day. If I cooked it that evening would it be ok to freeze and reheat at later date?

NumTumDeDum Sun 21-Apr-13 15:29:24

Absolutely, just cook it that night.

StuffezLaYoni Sun 21-Apr-13 15:34:03

I cook big batches of beef bourguignon - total cost of ingredients about ten pounds it can get four or five big helpings from that to freeze.
Also I picked p some little plastic pots and fill them with home made soup for my lunches.
I love cooking so sometimes get bored just re heating stuff from the freezer, but it's so helpful at the end of the month when you're poor!

jenduck Sun 21-Apr-13 15:35:14

I don't batch cook as such, but often when I cook meals, there is enought left over for me to freeze some portions - both for children or adults. I do this with casseroles, mince (for bolognese or cottage pie), fish pie, pasta, pasta sauce. I also deliberately make to much mashed potato & freeze some as it is a great accompaniment to pretty much anything!

Jemster you absolutely can cook & freeze reduced meat, or just freeze it raw & get it out when you fancy it - it will keep for months smile

Jemster Sun 21-Apr-13 16:10:58

Ah thanks I will grab it next time I see it then!

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