Once A Month Cooking
Yesterday was my “Once A Month Cooking (OAMC)” session. I actually started on Friday, when the kids and I put up 12-15 quart jars full of dry mixes in the pantry. We take ordinary recipes for pancake mix, muffins, quick breads, cookies, etc and mix the dry ingredients in a quart jar. Then we attach a label with the rest of the recipe and store it in the pantry. It’s pretty easy and most ordinary recipes will work. The kids like to help. If you’d like to try this yourself, I recommend you buy a canning funnel.
The Shopping Trip
Then Saturday we went grocery shopping to get ready for the freezer cooking session. (See Beagooddad’s post on our trip to the grocery stores.) I had 20 recipes planned. I usually end up with a few more meals than that, as there are some that I split in half before freezing and some that I make up off the top of my head to use up the left over ingredients at the end. I like OAMC, but alot of the recipes are meat-heavy. So, the last 2 times I have worked extra hard to find ones with good vegetable content. This month I made several soups, which I also stored in glass quart jars. I also pre-baked a pork roast with sweet potatoes and froze it in individual portions.
On Sunday morning I got started and things went pretty smoothly. Beagooddad ran out to Target and came back with an extra set of pots/pans for me, because he knows I complain that I could go faster if I had more pots to dirty. He also bought me a stool to sit on while I work in the kitchen. OAMC takes all day and by the end I am tired. When it was all over I had 24 entrees in the freezer, 15 dry mixes in the pantry, and 6 laoves of quick bread. Not bad for a day’s work. Over the next few days, I will post a few of the best OAMC recipes.