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« Reply #40 on: September 11, 2012 01:35:20 AM »

Wish I had the freezer space to do this! I only have three drawers, and they're constantly full. But I'm going to listen in for future ideas... Cheesy

Maybe you can go through the freezer and see if anything needs to be tossed? We have a full sized freezer in the laundry room and I darned near filled our garbage can the other day throwing out nasty old stuff. Or, you could just make stuff for the week that would help out with dinner!

Three drawers really doesn't fit that much, especially as the bottom one is a halfer due to some mechanism behind it. Nothing stays for more than a month or two, except the tiny bag of herbs. When I go shopping I always have to estimate how much can fit in the freezer even if it's almost completely empty, and leave some stuff behind that I would have bought otherwise, like I'll buy a bag of frozen cauliflower and leave the chicken this time... Cheesy Other times I'll estimate that I can probably fit a head of cauliflower in the fridge because I didn't buy that much fridge stuff, and I'll be able to buy the chicken! We live in a fairly small apartment, so our kitchen is essentially an oversized pentry.
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« Reply #41 on: September 11, 2012 03:37:30 AM »

I'm so happy to find this thread! I started bulk cooking about 2 weeks ago, and I now have over a week's worth of meals in the freezer. It's only my boyfriend and me that I cook for, so I put everything up in meals for 2, so I'm saving a lot of money. Also, he works days and I work nights, so it let's me cook even when we can't eat together. I love it!

Oh, and in the freezer right now (after being raided a number of times since I started):
- 3 or 4 seasoned hamburger patties (originally there were 8 )
- 1 Mexican style chicken for 1-2 people, heat and serve (originally 3)
- 3ish cups of Mexican style chicken broth (for future use in something as yet undetermined)
- 1 chili lime marinated chicken pack (originally 2) from a dump marinade recipe
- 1 teriyaki marinated chicken pack (originally 2) from a dump marinade recipe
- 3 chicken tikka masala for 2 people, heat and serve (I made and froze those today)

I also have pork chops, chicken, italian sausage and some ground beef in the fridge that I will be working on putting up tomorrow.
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« Reply #42 on: September 11, 2012 07:58:40 AM »

Wish I had the freezer space to do this! I only have three drawers, and they're constantly full. But I'm going to listen in for future ideas... Cheesy

Maybe you can go through the freezer and see if anything needs to be tossed? We have a full sized freezer in the laundry room and I darned near filled our garbage can the other day throwing out nasty old stuff. Or, you could just make stuff for the week that would help out with dinner!

Three drawers really doesn't fit that much, especially as the bottom one is a halfer due to some mechanism behind it. Nothing stays for more than a month or two, except the tiny bag of herbs. When I go shopping I always have to estimate how much can fit in the freezer even if it's almost completely empty, and leave some stuff behind that I would have bought otherwise, like I'll buy a bag of frozen cauliflower and leave the chicken this time... Cheesy Other times I'll estimate that I can probably fit a head of cauliflower in the fridge because I didn't buy that much fridge stuff, and I'll be able to buy the chicken! We live in a fairly small apartment, so our kitchen is essentially an oversized pentry.

Oh bummer! It sounds like you know how to work pretty well with those limitations!

I'm so happy to find this thread! I started bulk cooking about 2 weeks ago, and I now have over a week's worth of meals in the freezer. It's only my boyfriend and me that I cook for, so I put everything up in meals for 2, so I'm saving a lot of money. Also, he works days and I work nights, so it let's me cook even when we can't eat together. I love it!

Oh, and in the freezer right now (after being raided a number of times since I started):
- 3 or 4 seasoned hamburger patties (originally there were 8 )
- 1 Mexican style chicken for 1-2 people, heat and serve (originally 3)
- 3ish cups of Mexican style chicken broth (for future use in something as yet undetermined)
- 1 chili lime marinated chicken pack (originally 2) from a dump marinade recipe
- 1 teriyaki marinated chicken pack (originally 2) from a dump marinade recipe
- 3 chicken tiki marsala for 2 people, heat and serve (I made and froze those today)

I also have pork chops, chicken, italian sausage and some ground beef in the fridge that I will be working on putting up tomorrow.

Awesome! In my house it's just me and my mom but sometimes my boyfriend is here for dinner, sometimes my brother and 3 nephews are here, and we like leftovers so I generally tend to freeze various sizes of things.
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« Reply #43 on: September 11, 2012 09:13:43 AM »

Ok, my husband is getting really serious about this! This past week, we agreed to do a bulk order of meats from a local butcher. We were able to get chicken breasts, hamburger, steaks, stew meat (beef) and country style ribs.

Yesterday, I cooked a pot roast with veggies in the crock pot. (I LOVE my crock pot!) Tomorrow, the left over roast will turn into shredded beef for burritos. We shred the meat and sautee it with onions and a can of Rotel tomatos. Add shredded lettuce, cheese and wrap in tortillas. YUM!

We'll be opening one of his canned soups this weekend to determine if we want to continue down that route. I'll let you all know how it turns out! Smiley

Oh, and we're firm believers in rice cookers! We always have perfect rice whether it's white, brown or wild. We haven't bought instant rice in years. Normally, we take the Alton Brown approach of being against "single use" utensils/gadgets in the kitchen but we have this one exception. Wink
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« Reply #44 on: September 11, 2012 12:22:32 PM »


Oh, and we're firm believers in rice cookers! We always have perfect rice whether it's white, brown or wild. We haven't bought instant rice in years. Normally, we take the Alton Brown approach of being against "single use" utensils/gadgets in the kitchen but we have this one exception. Wink
It's not single use, I cook quinoa and barley in there too! Cheesy
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« Reply #45 on: September 11, 2012 12:27:27 PM »

Yeah you can steam veggies and do other stuff with it too! Personally, I have a giant kitchen with a million cabinets for storage and a love for late night informercials, so I'm all about the unitasker gadgets lol! Grin
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« Reply #46 on: September 11, 2012 02:40:03 PM »

I hope this isn't a dumb question, but how long does cooked meat last? Longer than raw meat? I just moved in with my boyfriend and his brother & we would really like to try bulk cooking. I recently quit my FT job and I am mostly living off of my savings, plus bf and I are saving up for a wedding, so this would really help our budgeting.
I'm so glad I found this, because I grew up in a McMicrowave household and while I can cook the basics, I don't know about any of this other stuff!
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« Reply #47 on: September 11, 2012 03:48:41 PM »

In my experience, it depends on how well it is packed into whatever containers it is in... I think meat can last several months in the freezer if you use one of those machines that sucks all the air out of the plastic bag... the name is totally beyond me at the moment. I have been looking at one at Costco, and told hubby I want for Christmas. He asked if that means he can start getting me appliances for gifts as that was something I made him swear he would never do in our vows. lol....
But anyways... Since I don't have one yet, meat usually lasts for me about a month tops.
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« Reply #48 on: September 11, 2012 03:56:46 PM »

Easily 6 months or so, cooked or raw for me. I'm a bit paranoid about wrapping it though, I usually wrap each piece in pork chops, then a plastic baggie, then into a big gallon ziplock bag.

The Swiss Steak I have cooking in the crock pot is soooo yummy! The only thing I changed up from the recipe was adding a good shake of red pepper flakes, and I blended the cans of diced tomatoes in the blender because I hate chunks of cooked tomatoes. That's huge for me, because generally I change like a million things in a recipe!

ETA: I'm not correcting that one, because it's too funny. But pork chops = plastic wrap! And I'm a special lady.
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« Reply #49 on: September 11, 2012 04:23:47 PM »

Easily 6 months or so, cooked or raw for me. I'm a bit paranoid about wrapping it though, I usually wrap each piece in pork chops, then a plastic baggie, then into a big gallon ziplock bag.

Hmmmm....wrapping meat in pork chops......that is a different way to keep it  Cheesy
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