My curiosity got the better of me last week and I went searching the net to find websites/blogs dedicated to OAMC. I found a ton! There are sites out there that give you step by step instructions as well as menus, recipes and shopping lists! These people make it look so easy. I'm still not convinced that spending 1-2 days cooking NON-STOP wouldn't kill me, especially in my teeny-tiny kitchen.
I did learn a couple of things from all my reading that I wanted to share with you in case you have ever thought about giving this a try...
- PLAN, PLAN, PLAN. Never start out this project without a menu plan. It's also good to write everything down, step by step, so you know what you need to do and what you need to buy. I have decided that there is no way you can "wing" this!
- Buy lots of freezer bags! Not just the plastic zip lock bags...but the ones that are specifically made for the FREEZER!
- Label everything with the date and with cooking instructions. That way, in case someone else needs to start dinner, they will know exactly what to do.
- Make space in your freezer! Thankfully, we have a freezer above our fridge but we also have a deep freeze in our garage! I can't make 'not enough space' as an excuse for not trying this.
- Kitchen utensils! I noticed in lots of recipes that they required fine chopping, pouring, measuring, blending, zesting, etc. I think it's helpful to have the kitchen equipment that you'll need out and ready to use.
- Clean as you go along! Since my kitchen is small, I do this anyway. But in this case, it would be extra important so that you have whatever you need ready for the next recipe.
- Clump "like" things together. What I mean is....if you know that you have several recipes that need cooked ground beef....then brown 2-3 lbs at one time and then set it aside for the next recipe. There is no sense in having to do that more than once if you don't have to.
- Although none of the books or websites suggested this.....for me....I need to have an empty house. That means, no littles allowed (unless you will use there help) during the prep time. My kitchen is so small that there really isn't room for anyone else in there. My girls usually fight over who gets to do what and then I end up extremely stressed. I suggest a CD that you like to listen to, and a glass of wine. Other than that....everyone OUT!
I wanted to leave you with some excellent websites/blogs that have great information, in case this is something you're interested in trying.
www.ringaroundtherosies.net/2012/02/freezer-cooking (great recipes)
www.moneysavingmom.com/2010/02/how-to-plan-bulk-cooking (excellent site)
www.happymoneysaver.com/making-50-freezer-meals-in-one-day (another one with great recipes)
Enjoy the rest of your Saturday!!