Unfortunately, there are about a billion reasons why I've found that this doesn't work for me. Here are my top ten:
10. I like fresh food too much. There are very, very few foods that taste as good to me after they've been frozen as they do fresh without further preparation. I can actually think of two dinner type dishes that meet that vital criteria: meatballs and pasties. Sure there are tons of things in my freezers, but they are all ingredients in something else rather than a finished product. I'm ever hopeful of finding more and plan on trying a bunch of new recipes over the winter to expand my prepared food freezer stock.
9. It isn't as thrifty. When you make all your meals at once like this, you typically buy all the ingredients for the big cooking day the night before. This means you can't take full advantage of sales throughout the month.
8. It's too painful. Long hours on one's feet with limited moving about and endless hours of chopping or other tedious tasks is not my idea of a good time. It is fine doing all these things in moderation though, which is why I have no problem cooking just about every day.
7. I don't have the kitchen space. I have virtually no counter space to work on. It is a struggle sometimes to put together one meal in the space I have to work in. Doing about a dozen would be darn near impossible.
|Lots of stuff in my freezers, but nothing ready to eat for dinner!|
5. TOO MUCH PLANNING! In order to coordinate that many meals, that far ahead of time, to make sure that every last ingredient is available in the quantities required, especially since I'd have to be doing it all with three little ones in tow....is it any wonder I referred to this entire process as Herculean? And, despite rumors to the contrary, I'm not a demigod, so I tend to avoid tasks of that magnitude.
4. The meals for the month aren't varied enough. Sometimes, I don't want to duplicate a meal for a couple months. I have enough meal recipes in current rotation, that I could easily go several months without repetition if I wanted. And sometimes I do want. Thirty meals would be too many to cook in one day though, so by doing this once a month cooking process, you are committing to duplication throughout the month.
3. The meals for the month are too varied. Sometimes, I want to act like a little kid and eat the same thing lots of times in one month. With once a month cooking, you are committing to only eat those meals that certain number of times a month. When they are gone, they're gone!
2. Kids. There is no way I can do even the smallest task without a million interruptions (amusingly enough, they interrupted me writing that sentence!), so I know there is no way I could accomplish that large of task in one day!
1. If I did, by some miracle, have a day without kids, I wouldn't want to spend it cooking. I'd want to spend it doing something I almost never do, like sit down and relax!
This isn't to say I don't do any cooking for the freezer; I just don't do it all at once. Instead, I do a little at a time. When I make something that freezes well, like pasties or meatballs, I make a mega-batch. We eat some then and freeze the rest for future use, whether that be a few days or a few months later. Much simpler, much easier, and much more possible with kids!