Are you working all week and don't have time to cook? Do you eat anything when you get home? For example, pre-cooked and frozen dishes that are very expensive. Badly done! Food is the basis of our health and you have to take care of it yes or yes. For this, the trend of healthy batch cooking has arrived . You do not know what it means? Keep reading, because this article will interest you.
What is batch cooking ?
Batch cooking literally means ' cooking in one go '. It is a way to cook the dishes of a whole week in just a few hours. For this method to be effective, it is very important that you organize yourself well and get appliances that help you cook in less time and in a healthy way. You can use Mellerware oil-free fryers and kitchen robots . They almost cook by themselves thanks to their multiple functions. In fryers, you can prepare all kinds of food almost as if it were a small oven. For its part, in kitchen robots, you can shred, cook in a bain-marie, poach and much more.
How to start a batch cooking ?
To start a good batch cooking , the first thing you have to take into account is to optimize your time as much as possible. This is important so that it is really worth it and you achieve the goal with this cooking technique: eat well all week by cooking as little time as possible, in just a few hours.
First, you should schedule the meals you are going to make and go to the supermarket for everything you need. Write the schedule of meals on a sheet of paper. Organize them by day and by time (lunch and dinner on Monday, for example, and so on).
Second, when you have everything, get to it. Take out all the food and utensils that you are going to use and place them strategically to keep them close at hand. They should help you cook quickly, but not get in the way when you don't need them.
Finally, get down to business and try to make as little mess as possible. Clean up while you cook to save time and effort. And if you have an assistant, even better. While one cooks, the other cleans and puts away food and utensils. You will finish much sooner.
Now, surely you are thinking 'this is all very easy to say, but how do I schedule meals from Monday to Friday, for example, and in just a few hours? '. Think of meals that are prepared in a short time and that you can even customize in a couple of minutes. We will give you a couple of examples:
- Chicken and vegetable broth . With a homemade chicken and vegetable broth, you can eat almost all week. One day, you can take it with rice; another, with noodles; and another, with croutons. On the other hand, in the afternoon, you can prepare some croquettes with the chicken in the broth or cook the chicken with a simple tomato sauce.
- Salads . Salads are a wonderful dish for lunch, along with a grilled fish or meat fillet, for example, or for dinner. Believe it or not, you can leave a salad almost ready in the fridge, perfect for several days. Leave the lettuce cut and add some closed cherry tomatoes. Keep it in a tupperware and put it in the fridge . When you go to eat it, all you have to do is add some white asparagus, a can of tuna, season it and it will be ready. In addition, it is much cheaper than the prepared salad from the supermarkets.
- paste . With pasta you can make a wide variety of dishes in a few minutes. Cook pasta in a pot or saucepan , wash it, drain it and store it in a Tupperware container in the freezer. During the week, you can add a tomato sauce, some anchovies or garlic and parsley. She will be ready! If you prefer, you can leave the pasta already made, for example, Bolognese.
- Paella . Would you love to eat a paella, but don't have time to cook it during the week? It's super simple. Make the sauce and store it in the freezer. When you come back from work, all you have to do is put the rice on it. And, if you want, that sauce can be used for another dish: the chicken in sauce, which will be ready to heat.
As you can see, batch cooking does not have great mysteries, apart from a little cunning and dexterity when cooking. When you start, you will see how little by little you are creating and inventing faster and more versatile dishes. It's just a matter of having a little time. Here we leave you a little inspiration with our recommended cocotte recipes , to lick your fingers!
How long does batch cooking last ?
Batch cooking should not last long. After finishing tired from working all week, it's about not spending a lot of time cooking and cooking. You could spend about 2 hours on Sunday afternoon-night to have all your meals for the week ready to just heat them up.
But this timetable is somewhat approximate, it doesn't matter if you take a little longer. The interesting thing is that, although at first you spend more time preparing your weekly menus, over time you are faster in doing so.
How to save batch cooking ?
Ideally, as we have told you, you should start your batch cooking on Sunday to have all your meals for the week ready. Therefore, the best thing you can do is keep Monday's food in the fridge and the rest in the freezer .
How should you do it? Use transparent airtight tuppers and place them in the freezer drawer in an orderly manner. If you have doubts, you can put a small sign on them indicating what food it is.
What is really important? It is essential that you choose quality tuppers that keep the food in perfect condition, without odors from other foods in the fridge or freezer. Above all, your tuppers have to close very well. It wouldn't be nice if your food spilled in the freezer, would it?
Now that you know the advantages of healthy batch cooking , sign up for it and save time and money while still eating healthy and nutritious. We hope we helped you get organized!