Tuesday, 16 June 2009

Cook up to save $$$

We've had to tighten our belts a bit around here, and one of the easiest ways for us to cut back on expenses is to not eat out to so much. I work in a place where there is only one cafe and they charge you $9 for pumpkin soup and a tiny piece of bread, so I always take lunch to work, usually leftovers (rarely sandwiches. 13 years of taking sandwiches to school kind of broke me). But Gib has now realised after several years of me persisting that buying lunch is expensive and he should take his own. So we did a big cook up of three dishes:
The thing I love about doing batch cook ups is that it actually takes less time overall: I can chop up all the onions for all three dishes at the same time, all the carrots, all broccoli... etc, and put them into their respective pots at about the same time, and there are fewer chopping boards to wash.

Total cost per serve - and they are big serves for my hard working man - was $2.42 each!


Jenaveve said...

Pure genius! I love it.

I'm off to check out all these links - this would be perfect for taking on shiftwork (for him) and sewing nights too (for me).

Melanie said...

brilliant idea.
I am not a fan of cooking so I find it to be more stimulating and economical(which always appeals to me) to do a massive cook up. Mine is usually for baked goods though for school lunches - preservative free and minus half the sugar, however, a massive cook up for main meals sounds just as fun. I might need a bigger pot since cooking for 6-8 seems to fill ours to the brim just for one meal. I love anything that saves me time in the kitchen. On ya!

Cindy said...

That is such a good idea but a level of organisation I fear I will never reach

Ellieboo said...

hello - I have left a little award for you at my blog :)

Jelly Wares said...

Great work!!! I can't believe that people are charging $9 for soup, imagine what they'd charge for a roast.... At least you have DH converted now and I'm sure your homecooking tastes much better anyway..

Take Care
Jodie :)