“It seems like the prices at the grocery store keeping increasing every week, which can be extremely difficult to put food on the table for a large family. In the book 101 Recipes for Preparing Food in Bulk, you’ll learn that cooking in bulk may help you save money. Of course you cannot just jump into this in one day, you need to plan first. You will need to plan out the proper equipment, ingredients, what recipes to use, and the needed space to preserve and cook your recipes. Do a proper inventory of your kitchen, checking for the right spices and other ingredients. For bulk cooking, it’s recommend that you have a freezer, preferably an Energy Star model so it’s energy efficient. You must decide if you have the space for an upright or chest freezer, as a chest freezer takes a lot of floor space.
If you are new to food preservation, don’t worry as chapter two easily explains how to freeze foods. In addiction to the 101 recipes in the book there is a bonus CD with hundreds of more recipes consisting of beverages (Lemonade, etc), breakfast (breakfast pizza, cinnamon rolls, buttermilk pancakes, etc), breads (banana bread, bagels, biscuits), lunch (veggie burger, chili con carne, baked chicken, etc), snacks (yogurt pops, chocolate chip cookies, etc), appetizers (crab cakes, pizza treats, etc), soups and sauces (French onion soap, barbecue sauce, etc), side dishes (mashed potatoes, refried beans, etc) , dinner main dishes (lasagna, meatloaf, baked fish, etc), and desserts (brownies, pumpkin pie, etc).
Preparing Food in Bulk can be the ideal way to save money, or a way to have a great meal planned ahead for a big gathering. There are many great recipes that I am sure you’ll enjoy in this book. My favorite was the coffee recipe, in which I was shocked to learn that you can freeze coffee in plastic microwavable containers or freezing them in ice cube trays. I recommend the book to all!
Billy wrote this review Monday, June 11, 2012.