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Title: Big batch cooking
Post by: craftylittlemonkey on January 02, 2017 04:42:40 PM
Feeding 5 people, including a large man and a teenaged boy, is challenging at best. I cook giant batches of things to try to keep up with all the hungry mouths, lol.
Here's tonight's effort:
Apple crumble with raisins, cherries, berries, or pineapple.

It freezes very well, I just increase the baking time from 45 mins at 350 to 30 mins with a foil tent & 30 mins uncovered.

Here's some bread, wheat in various flavours & corn. Sliced thin or the kids eat it like texas toast & it's gone in no time!

We love bacon but it's so fatty it causes a few of us tummy upset. Better to cook a couple pounds of it to sprinkle into things instead. You still get all the flavour. & yes, that is a large mason jar of strained bacon fat. One of two, for frying stuff, lol.

Vats of tomato meat sauce (bison) and a rice & tri-colour quinoa mix. Both of them freeze well for later use in soup, stews & casseroles.

Black eyed peas, these freeze well for the above.

There's a chest freezer in the basement, I freeze batches flat in the fridge freezer to make them easier to line up in the big freezer. It's like filed food, ha ha!


Title: Re: Big batch cooking
Post by: lindyv321 on January 02, 2017 07:14:44 PM
Look at you go! We cook for six around here and I may need to try some of these tips!


Title: Re: Big batch cooking
Post by: MareMare on January 03, 2017 02:18:32 PM
Yum! Look at you go! I'm trying to pare back the other way--no longer live with all the nephews so am trying to figure out batch cooking but just for 2 people, ha!


Title: Re: Big batch cooking
Post by: craftylittlemonkey on January 05, 2017 06:45:53 AM
Lindy, I'd be happy to hear your tips too!
Mare, most everything can be frozen in smaller portions. It would be a good idea to date & label it all carefully so nothing gets lost for years at the bottom/back of the freezer, lol. I don't label anything, my family is like a hoard of locusts!


Title: Re: Big batch cooking
Post by: craftylittlemonkey on January 23, 2017 04:53:44 PM
All that crumble didn't even make it one whole month. Here's tonight's batch for the freezer.



Title: Re: Big batch cooking
Post by: lindyv321 on January 24, 2017 06:18:37 AM
Looks great!!


Title: Re: Big batch cooking
Post by: craftylittlemonkey on January 28, 2017 05:03:24 PM
Tonight we prepped so much food for the week. Come Thurs-Fri though I know I'll be desperately searching the fridge for something to make for dinner. I don't know how my great grandmothers did this with 15 & 17 kids in the house!
2 loaves of cornbread, a large pot of potato leek soup, washed and chopped peppers, fennel, broccoli, zucchini, kale, spinach, salad mix, cooked and smashed sweet potatoes and turnip, caramelized 10lbs of onions, sauteed peppers and onions, made a 1/2 litre mason jar of salad dressing.


There's already pasta sauce thawing from a previous big batch, the freezers are loaded with portions of pesto, lemon grass paste, cooked chickpeas, black eyed peas, and white navy beans, sautéed ground meat blend for casserole etc, and all that fruit crumble from the other day. Tomorrow we'll cook and crumble up a couple pounds of bacon, make a few loaves of wheat bread and maybe some shortbread cookie dough to freeze. I would really like to load up the freezer with pie crusts for pumpkin pie and quiche but my mil is coming for a visit and maybe she might not love being put to work at industrial cooking while she's here, lol.

Oh, and crackers. I am determined to make some of those this week. They are way way too costy to purchase pre-made at the rate my hoard devours crunchy snacks, ha ha!


Title: Re: Big batch cooking
Post by: lindyv321 on January 28, 2017 07:59:28 PM
Holy cow!!!


Title: Re: Big batch cooking
Post by: MareMare on January 30, 2017 01:52:30 PM
Yum! I haven't done anything this week, feeling like a slacker! (at least there's just 2 of us, and the man is not at all picky!)


Title: Re: Big batch cooking
Post by: craftylittlemonkey on February 06, 2017 01:54:10 PM
Today's banana bread and sandwich loaves. Shredded carrot defrosting for tomorrow's big bake.


Title: Re: Big batch cooking
Post by: craftylittlemonkey on February 25, 2017 12:55:35 PM
I'm using some of that huge batch of caramelized onions tonight to spruce up some mushrooms.



It's a lot of mushrooms, maybe 2 lbs. Some for dinner tonight, the rest will go in the freezer to have pieces chopped off when we're making steak, chicken, etc. It's so good, oh boy...


Title: Re: Big batch cooking
Post by: MareMare on February 26, 2017 07:06:45 PM
Yummmm!


Title: Re: Big batch cooking
Post by: craftylittlemonkey on March 10, 2017 05:53:55 AM
11 more pans of fruit crumble, all are apple with either raisins, mango or mixed berries.


Title: Re: Big batch cooking
Post by: lindyv321 on March 10, 2017 07:21:09 AM
Have you shared the fruit crumble recipe anywhere??


Title: Re: Big batch cooking
Post by: craftylittlemonkey on March 10, 2017 09:51:29 AM
I sure did! As much of a recipe as I use that is. It's one you can add more or less of every ingredient to taste so there is a list of ingredients but not measurements.

It was a "meatless monday" feature on the blog:

https://www.craftster.org/blog/meatless-monday-fruit-crumble/


Title: Re: Big batch cooking
Post by: lindyv321 on March 12, 2017 03:35:57 PM
Thank you!


Title: Re: Big batch cooking
Post by: craftylittlemonkey on March 22, 2017 01:27:23 PM
I just made a gourmet side dish in less than 5 minutes total with frozen big batch items.
Previously sautéed and frozen leeks, celery, caramelized onions with mushrooms, pesto, and bacon thawed in a pot with a splash of broth:

Throw in some spinach, salt, pepper, and a bit of green sriracha sauce, just wilt the spinach and stir it all up:


It is seriously delicious and it would have taken hours to prepare from scratch.


Title: Re: Big batch cooking
Post by: MareMare on March 22, 2017 01:49:33 PM
Yum! I did not know there was green sriracha sauce!


Title: Re: Big batch cooking
Post by: craftylittlemonkey on June 05, 2017 10:57:32 AM
Last week's effort:
2 large pots of soup. Over night crock pot chicken bone broth with veggies and rice, roast beef stew with left over gravy and sweet potatoes.

I froze the beef stew in 2 portions for future meals we need to have quick.


HAAA, my finger's in the pictures! LOL.
Filled the deep freezer up with 20 fruit crumbles.


Banana bread, carrot loaf, wheat bread:


Whew, I'm tired. Oh, and I also browned some packages of ground bison, froze half for cottage pie or tomato sauce this week or next.


Title: Re: Big batch cooking
Post by: MareMare on June 05, 2017 11:13:24 AM
Dang, all your breads look so good! I made soft pretzels this weekend, they are delicious but we had no self-control lol. I ate 3 for lunch the day they were hot and then was still too full for dinner! :D


Title: Re: Big batch cooking
Post by: craftylittlemonkey on June 22, 2017 11:03:21 AM
Dang, all your breads look so good! I made soft pretzels this weekend, they are delicious but we had no self-control lol. I ate 3 for lunch the day they were hot and then was still too full for dinner! :D

I'm sure my kids would love those! Feel like sharing your recipe? ;).


Title: Re: Big batch cooking
Post by: lindyv321 on June 23, 2017 06:44:07 AM
Pretzels are so good!! I thought no I tried them one like 10 years ago


Title: Re: Big batch cooking
Post by: MareMare on June 23, 2017 11:54:32 AM
I've been pretty happy with this recipe! After the baking soda dunk I spread melted butter on top, kosher salt, and sometimes do granulated garlic and/or sesame seeds and I've also done my own homemade "everything bagel" seasoning which is just garlic flakes, onion flakes, black and white sesame seeds, sea salt, poppy seeds. And if I do that I also add some sunflower seeds, yum! And sometimes I do another coat of melted butter when they come out of the oven too lol! And I bake on parchment paper, I had a brain fart and used foil last time and it stuck a bit.

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/24272/buttery-soft-pretzels/


Title: Re: Big batch cooking
Post by: Angelicus on July 20, 2017 04:28:46 AM
I love all these recipes, they look great! I like the idea of cooking up and freezing ingredients yourself, especially the caramelised onions and the sautéd leeks.


Title: Re: Big batch cooking
Post by: craftylittlemonkey on July 20, 2017 04:52:10 AM
We were away and when we got back I pulled a few things out of the freezer:
-pre-cooked black eyed peas went into a squash soup.
-a fruit crumble.
-chicken drumsticks and thighs barbequed last night.
-precooked chickpeas to make chana masala tomorrow night.
-precooked white navy beans will make a dip for veggies and corn chips.
-roast beef and veggie stew for lunch today.
-sauteed onions and mushrooms and some pesto to tart up tonight's dinner. That'll be it for the frozen onions so we bought another 10lb bag and will saute at least half of them up to freeze.
-pasta sauce, enough for a pasta meal and then as a base for soup for the weekend.

It is so handy having all that prepared frozen stuff, sure keeps me having to heat up the house with hours of cooking right now.


Title: Re: Big batch cooking
Post by: craftylittlemonkey on October 29, 2017 07:05:25 AM
The weather has finally broken so I can cook and bake without making the house unbearably hot. In fact, this is great weather for baking because now we want to warm up!

Dinner got made around apple/fruit crumble using an entire bushel of apples.


Each crumble is apple based with either raisins, mango, cherries or blueberries.


Title: Re: Big batch cooking
Post by: craftylittlemonkey on October 14, 2019 09:43:51 AM
Because cooking thanksgiving dinner for 11 isn't enough work, how about picking up a half bushel of apples & making 4 kinds of fruit crumble that same day? Hahaha ~maniacle laughter~ :D


Title: Re: Big batch cooking
Post by: lindyv321 on October 14, 2019 09:48:17 AM
That looks amazing!


Title: Re: Big batch cooking
Post by: craftylittlemonkey on October 14, 2019 10:05:09 AM
The freezer is full! The kids gobble up a container every 2 days. I could honestly make 8 dozen of these and we'd run out in no time.