Doing all the Cooking at Once!

Doing all the Cooking at Once! Doing all the Cooking at Once!

I live alone.

…except for the two cats, they also live with me. There is also an occasional spider and swarm of centipedes, if centipedes can be said to swarm.

When you live alone, a lot of things are easier. Keeping the house clean is definitely easier. I cannot tell you how much of a difference it makes for a man to vacate the house as far as cleaning goes. You can walk into the kitchen and know the only mess you’re going to find is the one you didn’t, or did, make. It’s not going to be a mystery pile of dishes, with mystery food crusted on, with mystery smells to gag the things that prey upon maggots, if those things exist…in our nightmares. Maybe you know a man who likes to keep things tidy.

My cleaning time went from a giant production on the weekends, to a little here and a little there. It was a relief. Honestly, it took me several weeks to clean up the mess my maybe ex-husband left behind when he moved out, but, once I got it clean, it pretty much stayed clean. Hooray!

Now for the cooking. If I buy food, it generally stays these days. It doesn’t magically disappear. In my house, before the maybe ex-husband moved out, there was always a problem with food and finding it mysteriously gone.

Me: Where’s this?

Him: I ate it.

Me: Where’s that?

Him: I ate it.

Me: Where’s that thing that was at the back of the fridge?

Him: I ate it.

Me: Where are my leftovers from delicious restaurant?

Him: I ate them.

Me: But they were mine.

Him: I ate them.

Me: I was looking forward to eating those.

Me: Where’s the peanut butter/ketchup/oatmeal/etc.?

Him: I ate it all and we’ve been out of it for a while.

Me: You couldn’t have told me we needed some or went and picked some up?

You see how it was.

I make a lot of my own food. While buying food for one is definitely cheaper than buying food for two people, one of which eats like three people, it can still be expensive. When there’s only one person around, who is going to eat all of that? It’s not going to be me. I just can’t eat that much.

I have now taken an approach to cooking for an extended period of time, on one day, and then portioning that food out. Some people call it once a month cooking, but I honestly don’t know how long my food is going to last. It’s the first time I’ve ever portioned all my food out like this.

Doing all the Cooking at Once! I decided to get a lot of cooking done in one day. I chose a Sunday for my cooking day, but bought all my supplies on a Friday evening after work. That grocery bill was not something I was used to. It was on the expensive side. I left the grocery store, $70 more in debt, but hopefully with enough food for several weeks.

What was on the menu?

  • Chicken Soup (a staple for me)
  • Beef Stew ( A rarity, as beef is expensive)
  • Gluten Free Sausage Biscuits(These are from this website)

To start off, yes, I am gluten free. It’s not a phase or a fad on my part, nor do I have Celiac Disease, but I do have a gallbladder problem. If you have a gallbladder problem, cut the wheat out of your diet, you’ll thank me. It makes life livable.

Doing All the Cooking at Once!I cooked for hours.

I mean, hours. I was in the kitchen for a while. I got hot and sweaty. I cried at the onions. I used my crock pot and my blue stock pot, and baking sheets.

I finally ended up with food. I let things simmer for a while. I cleaned up the kitchen. I did laundry. I reorganized my pantry. I gave the cats a bath. This is all way too much adventure for a Sunday, but finally, it was done.

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I put my food in some reusable, BPA free, microwavable containers
that I bought from my friend, Amazon. I put my biscuits in plastic freezer bags. All of this went into the freezer. This is my first time trying this, so we’ll see what happens.

I was actually hoping to get more food out of the whole thing. I only got seven bowls of chicken soup. Just seven. I guess I should have made a bigger pot of soup. Oh well. I’ll know better next time.

The Gluten Free Sausage Biscuits are delicious by the way. I substituted things. I used yellow cheese instead of white cheddar. I used chicken apple sausage instead of whatever was suggested in the recipe. They still turned out great.

I like the idea of going to my fridge/freezer and pulling out something that is already portioned out for me to eat. It’s a great idea. It’s convenient. No more wrestling with ladles the entire week.

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