Baking in Bulk – Save Time and Money!
Time and money. Every day is a struggle to find ways to get more of each. One way is from bulk baking. Like bulk cooking, bulk baking can save you lots of time and money.
Three weeks ago I decided to do a ton of bulk cooking. School was around the corner and our 13-year-old would once again be on a busy schedule of school, homework, karate lessons and visiting with her friends. Add my husband and I’s full-time jobs and moderate-to-long commutes and we quickly needed a way to free up precious time and money.
Bulk cooking to the rescue! Hours were spent making and cooking lasagna, meatballs, pasta sauce, spaghetti noodles, elbow macaroni, lentil soup, chili and spinach quiche. My KitchenAid mixer got a decent workout as did my baking pans and cooling racks. The kitchen smelled heavenly.
After I recouped from a solid weekend of bulk cooking, I found the energy to do a bit of bulk baking the following weekend so our daughter would have a yummy treat in her school lunches. Actually, I didn’t have to find much energy to bake. I definitely prefer baking over cooking. To me, the results are much more rewarding! Much more!
As you can see from the picture above, I made a variety of cookie flavors.
Like I said, my KitchenAid mixer got a good workout. I just added the yummy ingredients, mixed, made into dough balls and cleaned the bowl for the next batch.
I made these super sweet White Chocolate Chip Cookie dough balls and…
Chocolate Chip Craisin Cookie dough balls and…
Peanut Butter Cookie dough balls!
Needless to say, the cookie flavor possibilities are endless.
After chilling each sheet of cookie dough balls until firm (an hour or so), I just plopped them into marked freezer bags. I used quart-sized bags here and labeled them with the cookie type, date, and cooking temperature so I wouldn’t have to look it up again. I should have added the baking time too. Next time!
I highly recommend bulk baking to help with kid lunches and snacks. It’s super quick, easy, fun and definitely saves a lot of time and money in the long run. The great thing is our daughter is now old enough to fire up the oven to bake them herself! Yes!
So, do you ever do bulk baking or cooking? I’d love to hear your stories, tips and tricks.
As always, ENJOY!