I wrote about HOW I do make ahead meals in this post HERE, but today I would like to speak about the benefits of batch cooking.
Some benefits seem obvious, but when you are up to your eyeballs in cooking multiple meals, using your largest pots and pans, you might need a little boost of encouragement as to why you are doing this.
The first benefit is time. Consider how calm your life would be if you didn't have to worry about shopping, prepping and mixing ingredients into something your family will enjoy. By combining "like activities" together, you are literally going to save hundreds of hours.
Money is the next benefit. By knowing you have food ready to eat in the freezer, you are less likely to dine out.
By cooking your meals from real food with out all the preservatives and fillers, you are getting better nutrition.
Ministry. With having meals on hand, you can easily help those in need. Someone who has just had a baby or just had surgery would be overjoyed to have a delicious meal that only needed to be put in the oven for heating.
Did you know that cooking in bulk can be a a good steward of our resources? You are saving water and energy by doing all your cooking and cleaning at once. Since you have the oven already heated to bake one cake, to bake several eliminates all the preheating time.
Instead of rushing around frantically trying to get dinner on the table, you now have dinner in the oven and can spend quality family time with your children and spouse. Also consider doing your batch cooking together as a family so that you can visit while chopping vegetables or other prep work.
Less stress and peace of mind. You know you will be providing your family with good nutritious meals in a now relaxed environment.
I hope this encourages you to try batch cooking on occasion. Next time, I'm going to speak about what recipes work well for making in batches.