The 4homefrys have cooked in bulk for several years now. This method of meal preparation saves money and allows us to eat healthy, preservative free food. Here are some of the steps we take to prepare.
- Plan a Menu – if you have never planned a months worth of meals it maybe overwhelming; try starting with a week. We sit down as a family and plan both lunches and dinner. Breakfast is my job and I do this weekly (bacon, sausage, fresh biscuits and egg tortillas)
- Go shopping – we shop at Sam’s Club and Publix for bulk items. We go to a farmers market for veggies and the butcher or farmer for the meat. We happen to live close to the gulf so getting fresh fish is easy for our family.
- Prep the food– This is the kids favorite part. The kids love to prepare all the fresh veggies, bag some for stew, cut some for dehydration, and some for roasting. My wife and I prepare the meat. The chicken is mostly grilled but some is blanched. The Blanched chicken becomes stew, soup or homemade nuggets.
- TIP: Dehydrating veggies (tomatoes, sweet potatoes, peas and carrot slices taste like “potato chips” when seasoned. This is very healthy and cheaper than chips bought in a store.
4. Store it – We then package and freeze. When practical we arrange the freezer packs by the week which makes it easy to take from freezer to fridge without pulling the wrong items.
- TIP – Storing meat in a homemade sauce or its juices will let it keep for about 5 months.
5. Eat it – After cooking all day we feed the kids some shrimp and mac and cheese (they pick their menu) and yes the mac & cheese is the homemade kind with real cheese. We eat a fresh greens salad with roasted garlic tomatoes, seared shrimp in a garlic butter sauce and feta cheese. Fresh bread and radishes (just for me) completes the meal.