Monday, February 17, 2014

Freezer Cooking (Batch vs Bulk vs OAMC)

Freezer cooking is an umbrella term to mean any meal prep done ahead of time and frozen.  There are different ways to freezer cook and there are pro and cons of each.  Let's look closer at each style to see which might be the best fit for you.

Once A Month Cooking

Once a month cooking (OAMC) is preparing or mostly preparing an entire months worth of meals in one day.  The cooking day is usually very long, must be thoroughly organized and works best if you have helpers.  Most OAMC recipes are not actually cooked on cooking day but prepared and portioned out for quick cooking when they are needed.

Batch Cooking

Batch cooking is when you make a double, triple or even quadruple batch of a recipe.  This can be a large scale or small scale process.  Making a big pot of soup and freezing portions is an excellent way to ease into freezer cooking.  

Bulk Cooking

Bulk cooking is when you make large portions of meal components.  Roast several chickens and use the meat for chicken salad, chicken soup, chicken and dumplings, or chicken club wraps.  Ground beef seasoned with Mexican flavors can be used for tacos, burritos, taco salad, chili or casseroles. 

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