Taking once a month cooking (OAMC) to a whole new level. Five large families, two months worth of food and one day of cooking equals lots of fun, lots of food and an amazing decrease in my kitchen work load for the next 2 months. I am not taking credit for this idea. I’m a newcomer to once a month cooking the large family way, but I’ve been blessed with friends who have a lot of experience in this department.
The benefits of mega once a month cooking are many:
- It saves money. We can purchase food in such large quantities that we get bulk discounts even above the normal bulk warehouse store prices. (Main dishes to serve our family of 12 generally run around $5.)
- It saves time. Each family does some of the preparation for cook day, shopping, sorting, browning ground beef, cooking chicken, etc. and then we spend about 6-7 hours cooking, but when we are finished each family has enough meals to last for 2 months.
- It saves mental energy. Menu planning consists of picking a meal from the freezer.
- It is fun. The children get to help, play with their friends or just hang out. Dad’s usually wash dishes and put recipes together and the mom’s talk (of course).
- Too many advantages more to list.
This cook day our family’s early assignment was the vegetable prep. Twenty-four pounds of chopped onions and comparative amounts of zucchini, celery, eggplant, green peppers, broccoli, etc. later and we are ready for cook day bright and early Saturday morning.
I’m so happy that our freezer will once again be brimming with food. This week was a little rough in the dinner department.
And in related news, I thought you might want to look at the monster carrots we prepped yesterday. The carrot in the middle is a regular sized carrots for perspective.
You may also be interested in my post Bulk Cooking in Pictures where I explain a bit more about the process of cooking on a grand scale.
Check out Joy’s fruit and veggie prep for healthy pregnancy snacks. It makes me want to be pregnant again, so that I can practice eating more healthy snacks. Oh wait, I could start right now.