Day 18 of the January Money Diet – Cook Double

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“Cooking is an art and patience a virtue… Careful shopping, fresh ingredients and an unhurried approach are nearly all you need. There is one more thing – love. Love for food and love for those you invite to your table. With a combination of these things you can be an artist – not perhaps in the representational style of a Dutch master, but rather more like Gauguin, the naïve, or Van Gogh, the impressionist. Plates or pictures of sunshine taste of happiness and love.” ~Keith Floyd

Homework Assignment #18: Today’s challenge is simple. When you’re preparing dinner sometime in the next few days, cook a double batch and freeze half. Try to start doing this on a regular basis; when you’re planning meals, choose one or two dishes that are easy to double. You’ll hardly expend any more more time or energy, and soon you’ll have a nicely stocked freezer full of dinners all ready for future busy nights – which might save you from having to order more expensive pizza delivery or take-out.

For the best results, Taste of Home offers these tips for freezing foods.

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Day 18 of the January Money Diet – Cook Double

  • I used to double recipes all the time, but somehow fell away from that practice. It would be to our benefit to get back into it. Maybe with the chili I have planned later this week. 🙂

  • Martha

    Not technically a dinner recipe, but I did make a batch of muffins today and managed to put 1/2 of them in the freezer before the little people ate them!

  • GC – That’s so interesting that you swap meals with a couple of friends. What a fabulous idea!
    Deborah – Thanks for sharing the recipes you commonly double – great ideas.
    Carolyn – You make a good point. Most recipes do improve when they are reheated.
    Thanks so much for your comments!

  • Raine

    I don’t cook double batches of things but I regularly freeze our leftovers and then thaw them and use them for my lunches. This way I don’t experience leftover burnout from having something a few days in a row.

  • Carolyn

    …and so many of the recipes improve with time – like stews and sauces with their herbs!!!!! With two of us, I rarely cook ‘for 2’ – what a waste of time when, as you say, doubling it is almost as easy, with bonus results!

  • Deborah Gore

    When making spaghetti sauce, chili or soup, we always double the recipe and freeze half. It helps to be able to pull something from the freezer and reheat. We add a green salad and bread and it makes a quick meal.

  • GC

    We have cooked double for a long time. We do meal shares with a couple of people so cooking double pays off. We get to eat other people’s favorites and they get to eat ours. Happy all around.

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