I have come to really enjoy cooking in bulk for my family and for the freezer. It’s almost to the point where I cannot cook just one batch of something. I have to make it triple or quadruple. It really is true that it doesn’t take a lot more time to make a triple recipe than it does a single one. I’m already measuring and mixing and pouring and cleaning all the dishes. Adding more in the bowl doesn’t take any more effort, but it sure does fill my freezer where I can just pull it out on a busy day.
However, one thing I have been thinking about are my kitchen tools. I have been using my simple (but good quality) hand mixer so I have to stand there with it when I mix batter. I have been using a bread machine to knead dough which is great except I can only do a single or maybe double batch in it at a time. I found myself making the same recipes the next day just due to my smaller kitchen tools.
And honestly, all the mouths in my house are only going to be consuming more in the upcoming years, not less. So I’ve been looking into different tools and appliances. A friend told me about some heavy duty mixers that big bread makers use and when I looked them up, they looked amazing but way too expensive. That was until I happened upon the exact mixer she told me about on Ebay where someone was just selling their used one. When I saw it, I quickly had a conversation with my husband about what my maximum bid could be. I won the auction in the last 30 seconds! I love the excitement of Ebay!
This thing is so impressive to me (which probably wouldn’t take a lot since I was using a hand mixer). The day I got it I made 5 loaves of bread in one turn and 7 batches of pizza dough in another. It was amazing!
What have you done to make cooking easier and more efficient?