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3 Reasons You Should Consider Batch Cooking

by World of Finance on November 10, 2011

You may be wondering, what exactly is batch cooking?  For those of you who are not familiar with this term, it is when you cook in large quantities with plans to eat the rest in the near future.  I’ve often heard stories about families cooking on Sunday, for example, and making food for the rest of the week.  Why would someone do this?  Batch cooking is actually a very effective way to save time, save money, and enjoy quality family time.

Save Time

Many people live busy lives and feel that they do not have enough time in a day.  Since we are limited on time, we need to use it wisely.  It can be hard to work all day, have a long commute home, and then find the energy to cook once you finally reach home.  Wouldn’t it be easier to have food already made that just needs to be re-heated?  It sounds like a dream but is quite simple to make reality.  Making extra food when preparing the main meal the first time around can save time as you only prepare the food once and wash the dishes used to make the food once. :)  Some people choose to make food that will last a couple of days whereas other people prefer to make food for the week.  Either option will definitely help save on time.

Save Money

How many times do you find yourself going out for lunch or even dinner because you didn’t feel like preparing lunch in the morning before going to work or even feel like going home to cook?  Of course, take-out is easy but can break the bank after awhile.  Say you spend on average $10 a meal and only eat out once a day.  If you do this five times a week, this can add up to $200 (10 x 5days x 4 weeks) a month!  This is conservatively speaking as well as it doesn’t include weekend take-out or restaurants. :P How nice would it be to wake up and lunch is already prepared to bring to eat at work?  Or even, how nice would it be to come home after a long day, re-heat the food, and you are ready to eat?  Batch cooking can save you money and help you stay within your budget.

Enjoy Family Time

Having a lot of food to make doesn’t have to be a chore.  It can actually be fun when you work together.  Making cooking a family activity can bring the family closer together.  You can learn new recipes and work together to prepare the food.  Working toward the same goal and completing it together has a way of bringing a family closer together.  While making food, it’s a great time to tell old family stories or even tell jokes.

If you want to save time, save money, enjoy family time or a combination of any of these, you should consider batch cooking.  It could be the answer you were looking for to stay on budget.

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27 Responses to “3 Reasons You Should Consider Batch Cooking”

  • My wife is a batch cooker. She usually cooks only three days a week. Its economical definitely. Good article to teach others.

  • Mark of Success says:

    Hi Mary,

    Batch cooking is certainly a great way to save time and money and enjoy quality family time. It even saves a lot of trouble – cooking once a week is easier than having to cook every day.

    Some people (like my mom, for example) do not listen to such advice though, as they love to cook and also worry about food not being fresh if not cooked the same day.

    One concerning point is the potential loss of nutritional value of stored/frozen food. What is your opinion about that?


    • Home-cooked leftovers are healthier than fast-food or processed food many people buy in stores. If this is your concern, cooking for a few days might work better for you. You can store the leftovers in the refrigerator if you plan to eat it in the next few days.

  • Kian | Awesome Life Coach says:

    I’ve never tried batch cooking before but then I’ve never tried cooking before! The thing that makes batch cooking such an appealing idea for me is the ‘saving time’ aspect. I’ve never thought cooking was a time efficient task, because it can take hours to prepare a meal then once it’s ready to be eaten, I’ll finish an hours worth of work in about 5 minutes (I eat like a pig). Which is one are batch cooking would be a great addition to my life!

    • You’d be surprised Kian, there are some recipes that aren’t that time-consuming. I used to think the same that cooking can take hours. You just have to find what works for you. Pasta is often quick and easy to make.

  • Doctor Stock says:

    It’s a great idea… so is cooking a little extra at supper so you have food for lunch the following day. It doesn’t have to be the same… you can cook a little extra chicken, use it in a stir fry at night and in a wrap the next day for lunch.

  • 101 Centavos says:

    I’ll be doing some of that today. I have tons of ripe tomatoes, and pots of ragu and chili to make.

  • I like the idea of batch cooking and I do this often. At the least I make enough for dinner so I can take leftovers for lunch the next day.

    It’s all about being practical when it comes to preparing meals.I also like to have bowls in the fridge of chopped lettuce, onions, green peppers, carrots, celery and so on because it makes preparing dinner much easier.

  • Mid Life Miser says:

    Now that the cooler weather is here, we will begin to batch cook more often. Things like Chili, Soups, Spag sauce. We’ll make a bunch and freeze the rest for future use. For whatever reason we seem to be cold weather batch cookers.

    • That’s great! Cold weather batch cookers ;) Cold weather is a great time to eat warm food and there are many dishes that are great to make in large quantities. Enjoy the delicious, warm food :)

  • tim says:

    Hi Mary, great article. A good rule of thumb to go by is to eat “prepared” foods within 6 days. Also, make sure your refrigerator is at 41 degrees to keep foods safer and fresh! That’s my 2 cents worth, keep up the good work!

  • Marissa says:

    I feel like a horrible PF blogger for saying this but I get bored of the same thing over and over again. And the few times I have tried to batch cook, it got to the point that I wanted to throw the left overs out.

    Come to think of it, this may be why my eating out budget is depleted every month.

  • We batch cook lots. It goes handy with our meal planning and our grocery shopping. We always have a freezer full of healthy ready to eat portioned out meals. It works great for work lunches.

  • we absolutely have to get better at this, with another baby on the way we are going to need all the extra time we can get :)

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