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OAMC: Day One

I didn’t get quite as much done as I had planned, but that’s okay. Life happens. And I don’t want to be crabby at my kids for the sake of a few “tv dinners.”

Twittering it was helpful because it kept me accountable and gave me a record of my timeline. I’m guessing that I spent about three hours prepping ingredients and preparing the three batches of Taco Soup and the three pans of Black Bean Lasagna. These six batches will probably stretch to more than six meals, so I figure it’s a pretty good return on my investment. I have all the ingredients prepped for putting together Black Bean Pies tomorrow. So those should come together pretty quickly.

Quick Tips for Bulk Cooking:

Gather all your containers and wrappings ahead of time.

Pull out all the ingredients and lay them out on the counter. This will help you make sure you have everything and that you don’t forget anything.

Chop like ingredients all at once. (Make sure to stick out your tongue while chopping onions; you’ll cry less.)

Assemble like recipes assembly-line style.

Load as you go. Wash dishes as they get dirty. In the immortal words of Ratatouille‘s Colette, “Keep your station clean or I kill you!” Nuf said.

Back tomorrow with more cookin’ fun.

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  1. Maybe sometime you could post the recipe for your black bean las. I have made a mexican version but it uses refried beans. I am curious what your black bean one is like. I think freezer cooking is a great way to have meals ready during those very busy times of life. I also miss them when I don’t have any in the freezer. Happy Cooking!

  2. I’ve also heard that you won’t cry when chopping onions if you chew gum. I have yet to try it, though…I always forget! I’ll try the tongue thing if I can’t find gum next time.

  3. Mrs. Querido says:

    Wow, I didn’t know that about onion chopping! I wonder why it works (sorry can’t help it…I’m a science nut! lol)
    OAMC sounds great, but I don’t have a freezer big enough to contain a month’s worth of cooking! Do you have a chest freezer or do you just manage to cram it all into a regular sized freezer?

  4. FishMama says:

    Lynn, I’ll see what I can do.

    Mrs. Q., I have a chest freezer now. But, in the early days, I just used ziploc bags that I filled and froze flat. That way I could fit a lot in the regular frig/freezer. You won’t have room for a lot of ice cream or other frozen foods at the beginning of the month. But, I was able to make it work.

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