Batch Cooking Tips

Aug 9, 2021

We hope you enjoyed our recent video on batch cooking with Jena and Hannah of Sudbury Clever Clovers 4-H Club, thanks to funding from the New Horizons for Seniors Program! If you missed it, check out the link here! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6sxaeFJCmY.

Batch cooking is great for seniors, students, and anyone who lives alone or in a small household. Not only does it help you save time cooking every day, it also helps you save money and create a healthier lifestyle!

What is batch cooking?

Batch cooking simply means cooking your meals in large batches so you have to cook less often. This can mean doing all of your cooking on a Sunday so you have meals ready for the week ahead, or you can cook large “freezer meals” that can be frozen in individual portions that last for an entire month or more. The meals can be all the same – for example, cabbage rolls, lasagna, or a large casserole that can be individually portioned. Or you can batch cook chicken breasts, pork chops, or another protein in advance, and serve it with a quick salad, steamed vegetables, rice, or another side that you make each day at mealtime.

How batch cooking can save money

Batch cooking can help you save money because it’s often cheaper to buy things in bulk. For example, instead of buying a couple of chicken breasts at a time, you can buy a large family pack of chicken breast, cook it all at once, and then use it for the next week! The same goes for other ingredients, such as vegetables and other proteins. When you live alone, it can also be hard to avoid having vegetables and other items go bad in the fridge before you can use them up. When you cook your meals in advance, there will be less food wasted as well!

Why is batch cooking good for seniors and people who live alone?

Batch cooking is great for seniors and people who live alone because it helps you save time and energy. Often when we live alone, we don’t want to bother with cooking a nice meal just for ourselves. Or if you have a busy lifestyle and don’t have much time in the evenings, batch cooking is a great way to have a meal ready to go with little time and effort!

In addition, if you are a caregiver for a relative or someone elderly, you can use batch cooking to make their meals in advance and know that they are eating well every night without having to worry. Freezer meals are a great option for this! Why not bring some tasty freezer meals to an elderly neighbour or someone you love? It’s something everyone is sure to appreciate!

How batch cooking can help you create a healthier lifestyle

When we don’t have much time or don’t feel like cooking, many of us will grab fast food or takeout, or make something quick that isn’t very nutritious. With batch cooking, you can prepare well thought out, nutritious meals in advance that will be better for your health. It can also make meal planning easier for people with specific dietary restrictions. It’s a win-win situation!

Make batch cooking fun!

Batch cooking doesn’t have to be a bore – make it fun by batch cooking with friends or family! Everyone can pitch in to help roll cabbage rolls, stuff peppers, make casseroles, or put individual portions together. Then everyone gets some tasty meals to take home and freeze at the end of the day! You can also have a batch cooking day to prepare meals for someone in need, whether they’ve lost a loved one, are struggling with their health, or would simply appreciate some home-cooked meals. There are so many ways to use batch cooking, and who doesn’t love a hot home-cooked meal at the end of the day?

Batch cooking resources

If you’re looking for batch cooking recipes and ideas, here are some great resources to check out!

https://www.womansday.com/food-recipes/food-drinks/g2711/make-ahead-meals/

https://www.tasteofhome.com/collection/freezer-meal-recipes/

https://www.tasteofhome.com/collection/big-batch-recipes-when-you-want-to-stay-in/

https://happymoneysaver.com/easy-freezer-meals/

We hope you found these tips useful! Do you do batch cooking or make freezer meals? What are your favourite recipes? We’d love to hear from you!

By Kate at FWIO

fwio@fwio.on.ca