They say that the third time is a charm. I don’t know about that, but Grandma and Grandpa just finished their third “Once a Month Cooking” adventure. This time was almost as much fun as the first time. We made some changes in both the recipes and process that made the process a little more challenging since we didn’t use the book’s well laid out process plan. (Note – As it is often only Grandma and Grandpa for dinner, our “once a month cooking” lasts us about 5 months.)
Grandpa’s dietary requirements had us adapting some of the existing recipes as well as searching for some new ones. Grandma does a great job of keeping the recipes all together and even has a spreadsheet to make sure we get all the ingredients we need. It only took us a couple of hours to do all the shopping. The first two sets of recipes used lots of beef and pork, along with chicken. We changed to a set of recipes that used mostly chicken and that cut the cost of our supplies by about 1/3. We also found some new recipes that everyone (except a picky Grandma!) loves at the mediterrasian.com website. We’ll keep adjusting the recipes until we find a set we really like and probably still try a new one each time just for fun.
Since several of the recipes were new, we didn’t do all the chopping at once like we did the first time. Instead, we got all the supplies and containers organized on the counter, grabbed a recipe and started cooking through them one at a time. Oh, and we also turned on the Southern Gospel music to keep us going. We got started about 9 in the morning and finished about 5 in the afternoon. We were going to make a time-lapsed video to share, but had some problems with the camera. We’ll try again next time because we think it will be fun to watch as we dance around each other through the day. It may be the only time you see Grandma and Grandpa dance.
As always, we learned a few things. It would have been good to have chopped and cooked the chicken all at once. (We had cooked whole chickens the day before and had frozen chicken pieces to work with as well.) We should have let the storage containers cool longer before putting them in the freezer. (It took our freezer a couple of days to catch up!) It really is a good idea to save all those cottage cheese containers. They make great single serving storage containers for all of Grandpa’s special recipes. Grandma learned a new way to wrap glass baking pans that don’t have storage lids. Wrap them in aluminum foil (you can leave that on for baking) and then “shrink wrap” them with plastic wrap. That gives them a good seal for the freezer.
There is no question we’ll do this again. We know we’re saving money and Grandpa loves the variety that comes from having 30 different varieties of dishes in the freezer. Grandma loves the ease of fixing something Grandpa likes, and is always prepared for company.
Here are a few links that will help you get started
Once-A-Month Cooking, Revised and Expanded: A Proven System for Spending Less Time in the Kitchen and Enjoying Delicious, Homemade Meals Every Day
The Simple Dollar blog from Christian Science Monitor
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