Batch cooking – apparently the latest trend in the kitchen – the media is full of it.
“Mum saves up to £100 a month with her batch cooking skills” (Metro Jan 2020)
“Savy nurse reveals she saves £25 a week by batch cooking” (Mail Online Jan 2020)
Yesterday’s newspaper hailed ‘batching’ as the latest cooking trend and in today’s supplement was an article about Suzanne Mulholland, self-proclaimed ‘time saving guru’. Her “method” (again, her word) is to simultaneously cook several portions of meals that use similar base ingredients, and freezing them for later use. Am I’m missing something here? Taking a large pack of mince and making it into a base for use in cottage pie, lasagne, bolognese etc. – that’s a ‘method’? Surely it’s simply what many of us have been doing for years. Fifty years ago my school Domestic Science teacher taught the benefits of cooking several portions of food at once.
I’ve nothing against Ms. Mulholland and with her professional looking, well laid out website and soon to be available batch-cooking book, she seems to have hit on success. Some of her recipes sound good and I like the way she offers some Slimming World compatible ones. But talk about teaching grannies to suck eggs… does anyone seriously not already understand that batch cooking saves time, and that it’s cheaper to buy in bulk? I’ve always subscribed to the notion that it’s as quick and easy to double up on quantity and pop the extra portion in the freezer as it is to cook a single dish, but even whilst making good use of my freezer, who wants to eat a week’s worth of pre-frozen meals? I like freshly cooked food. Batching – the latest trend in cooking …NOT!
Now for what’s been happening in my kitchen today. There were cakes, of course: Chocolate & caramel crunch – two of these, one for Husband, one for a friend. And Carrot cake which will also be given away – this time to my daughter-in-law when the family visit next weekend. That one’s in the freezer. Cooking ahead of time – who’d ever have thought of that? What a good idea!!
A vegi quiche is for ready for tomorrow and used up almost the remaining various Christmas cheeses which I grated or crumbled and froze when it became apparent that they wouldn’t all get eaten at the time. I also made peri-peri chicken for dinner this evening and a strawberry & mandarin orange jelly (the oranges sunk)!
It’s been a quiet weekend; anticipating bad weather, we’ve stayed in although Storm Dennis wasn’t, in the end, as horrendous as we’d expected, at least not where we are. Some of the footage on TV shows the devastation it wreaked elsewhere. As I type, the trees are still, the rain light and, all being well, the fence panels toppled by Dennis’s predecessor, Ciara, should be replaced this week. The snowdrops which looked much the worse for wear yesterday seem to have perked up.
I’m working tomorrow as I need to take Tuesday off – another week begins. Thanks for dropping in – back soon.