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« 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!
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« Reply #1 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!
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« Reply #2 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!
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« Reply #3 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!
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« Reply #4 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.

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« Reply #5 on: January 24, 2017 06:18:37 AM »

Looks great!!
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« Reply #6 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, sauted 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!
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« Reply #7 on: January 28, 2017 07:59:28 PM »

Holy cow!!!
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« Reply #8 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!)
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« Reply #9 on: February 06, 2017 01:54:10 PM »

Today's banana bread and sandwich loaves. Shredded carrot defrosting for tomorrow's big bake.
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