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.
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.
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. 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.