Crafting nutritious and delicious meals can become a chore even if you are someone who loves to cook; when you are tasked with getting a hot meal on the table every night of the week it can be a real challenge. That’s why casseroles are the home cooks best friend – they are easy to make and can be cooked in advance and frozen so all you need to do is reheat one when you are pressed for time or not inspired to cook a dinner from scratch.
Savvy cooks also know that production cooking is a great way to save time and money and ensure your family enjoys healthy meals every night of the week. Since a large part of cooking is the preparation and the cleanup, production cooking simply leverages that effort – instead of making one meal at a time you prepare two, three or more meals using some of the same ingredients. One meal can be served right away while another can be refrigerated for use two to three days later and the balance can be frozen for future use.
When you cook in bulk you are also able to create single portion servings which are great for lunch or a quick meal on a night when the entire family won’t be home for dinner. Production cooking lets you take advantage of bulk deals on chicken and meat along with the best fresh produce in season. If you have a garden then you already know that many foods ripen at the same time so if you don’t use the food it may go to waste; cooking in bulk is one way to put this food to good use.
Production cooking is a great way to address any dietary restrictions too – if you are making lasagna, for example, it’s easy to make one version with meat along with a second meatless version. If you are dealing with a picky eater who does not care for onions or peppers, you can again make two versions of the same dish; serve some right away and save the balance for future use.
When you cook in bulk you need to have plenty of pots and pans, glass baking dishes and suitable food storage containers; KitchenAid® cookware is one great option. To get an idea of what is available it’s a good idea to look online – bedbathandbeyond.com has a great selection and you can shop online or at a local store. It’s best to go with a reputable brand and shop from a trusted retailer because you can buy with confidence – the better brands will stand behind the goods they sell.