Line up some super tasty batch cooking recipes to save time, money and energy in the kitchen this summer season.
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We’ll , starting with money saving. Bulk buying may feel more expensive to begin with but the cost per weight is cheaper and you’ll be making more meals so ultimately spending less. You’ll also use less energy cooking in one go. Makes sense, right?
And it doesn’t stop there. Planning your make-ahead food means you can check what’s already in the fridge, freezer and store cupboards so you only buy what you really need. And the Tefal app (provides inspiration galore, just tick the ingredients you have available, and the app will suggest heaps of recipe ideas. It’s got plenty of other great feature too, check them out here.
One of our favourite plus points is less time in the kitchen. A couple of hours of cooking at the weekend saves cooking every night so you can take it easy after a long day. And the Turbo Cuisine & Fry is just the appliance for the job. Its XL cooking pot is ideal for batch cooking and can prepare meals in minutes with its high-speed pressure cooking and airfrying lid. What could be better than that?
Storing food for any length of time needs care. Be sure to cool and package up meals for the fridge or freezer within two hours. Transferring the food to a new dish will help cool it more quickly and covering with foil will stop cross contamination.
Pre-cooked food can be kept in the fridge for around three days, but if you want to keep it for longer, pop it in the freezer instead (check freezer times here. Store in leak proof containers and label with the date so you’ll know how long it’s been in there.
Bake a batch of these beef and pickle filled pasties and you’ll have a scrummy all-in-one lunch ready to go whenever you need it. Once frozen they can either be thawed in the fridge if pre-cooked or baked from frozen.
Or how about these sweet potato and black bean quesadillas? It takes just 20 minutes of kitchen time to prepare these flavour-filled bites – that’s packed lunch sorted.
If homemade chicken kiev always feels too fiddly, this filo version will change your mind. Prepare and freeze, then wow friends and family with a fancy looking meal in minutes.
Summer batch bakes
These freezer friendly lemon scones are our new favourite thing. Zingy, buttery and all kinds of yummy, they’ll be ready for unexpected guests and lazy teatime treats all summer long.
Or how about having scrumptious homemade cinnamon buns prepped and ready to bake? These super easy pastries need just 5 ingredients and are a doddle to make.
Want more batch cooking know-how? Check out our other make-ahead tips in Game, Set and Batch!