Here are a few tips for fitting in some quick batch cooking sessions:
I often cook a large batch of boneless, skinless chicken breast for the freezer. If you use your slow cooker, you can start the chicken while your children are finishing breakfast, and it will be completely cooked by lunch time. Allow it to set until cool enough to handle, then chop or shred it while your children finish lunch or take a short break.
2. Ground beef
Cooking ground beef for the freezer is so simple and fast.You could also brown and freeze other ground meats, such as sausage or ground turkey. Again, this can easily be accomplished during your noon break from homeschooling. By the time your afternoon lessons are completed, the meat will be cool enough to be packaged and frozen.
Rice can be cooked in large batches and frozen for later use. If you have a rice cooker, the rice can be started before you leave the kitchen in the morning, and the cooker will shut off when the rice is fully cooked.
Other things that can be prepared during lunch break, or while you are waiting for a casserole to come out of the oven:
- Cheese--shred or dice; freeze in desired quantities
- Onions--dice; flash freeze on a cookie sheet, then transfer to freezer bag
- Green peppers--dice; flash freeze, then store in freezer bag
- Pizza sauce--mix all ingredients; ladle appropriate amounts into freezer containers