Batch Cooking Made Easy

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Batch Cooking Project At The Hub, Low Pavement, Chesterfield

Batch Cook is a community cooking project at The Hub, Chesterfield. Please speak to Helen or another member of The Hub team if you'd like to get involved.

Top Tips For Batch Cooking

Here are some batch cooking tips: 

1. Plan your meals: Decide what dishes you want to batch cook and make a shopping list of the ingredients you’ll need. Try this meal plan template from Love Food Hate Waste which contains a shopping list.

2. Invest in tupperwares and freezer bags: Use airtight containers to store your cooked meals. Freezer bags are great if you’re looking to save space.

3. Use your freezer: Freeze portions of your cooked meals in single servings or family-sized portions for easy access in the future

4. Label and date: Clearly label your containers with the contents and the date of preparation to keep track of freshness

5. Cook individual items. As well as batching meals, you can bulk cook individual items like jacket potatoes, mixed vegetables and grains like quinoa and bulgar wheat

6. Keep a variety: Batch cooking doesn’t have to mean eating the same meal every day. Prepare different dishes and freeze them for variety

7. Bulk cook sauces and condiments: Make big batches of sauces, like tomato sauce or pesto, and freeze them in ice cube trays for easy portioning

8. Schedule cooking days: Dedicate specific days for batch cooking to streamline your meal prep routine.

9. Have the right tools. Chopping boards, sharp knives, freezer bags, tupperware boxes, food labels and large pans are some of the essential tools. 

10. Keep things organised. Keeping the kitchen organised before during and after batch cooking can be helpful with motivation and organisation.

For many more tips take a look at The complete guide to batch cooking.

Interested in learning more? Check out these articles on supermarket psychology and food waste audits

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