GROCERY shopping can be super expensive, but this woman proves it doesn’t have to be.
Liane Greenly, 38, from Lincoln spent £137 in a food shop at Aldi and managed to make three months worth of meals for two people.
The thrifty shopper wanted to prepare some meals ahead of an upcoming shoulder operation as she knew she wouldn’t be able to cook every day.
So she turned to batch cooking instead whipping up a range of freezer-friendly meals – and it couldn’t be easier to do.
Liane, who works for a utility company, told money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk: “A shopping list costing £137 from Aldi made three months worth of evening meals for two, mixing in there the odd meal out and a Sunday roast or pizza.
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“With my partner working full-time and doing a science degree on his days off, there was no way he’d manage all that, plus helping me, cooking and cleaning.
“So I made a list of our favourite meals, a list of the ingredients, and tubs required to house them. Then I bought a chest freezer.
“I batch cooked the main meal element for our evening meal. Any rice, pasta, vegetables and other sides would be bought and cooked as needed.
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“Batch cooking was a necessity to help us both whilst I faced three months of recovery.
“[It’s also] helped us save at least £30 a week easily on our food shopping!”
To make things easier, Liane made a variety of meals using similar “base ingredients” meaning she was able to keep the overall cost down.
For example, spaghetti, lasagna and cottage pie all use teh same ingredients but have a very different end result.
Liane said: “We froze everything. I even pre-made marinated fajita kits frozen raw, ready to defrost and fry up.
“I also batch baked breads and desserts to share with family and friends, such as bread buns, naan, millionaire cheesecake and cardamom biscuits.”
Liane says batch cooking is not only cheaper than cooking nightly, but also makes feeding her and her partner much easier and quicker.
Offering her tips, she said: “Double or triple the recipe, buy good quality larger pans and bulk freeze.
“All the meals I made were portion-controlled and divided up, so the minimum was wasted.
“Even the carrot ends weren’t wasted – my little dogs gobbled them up.
“I will most definitely continue batch cooking. I have found what recipes batch well and which don’t.
“It’s so much easier to microwave a healthy tasty meal rather than mass-produced bland foods.”
In fact, Liane loves it so much that she wants to continue batch cooking in the future.
“My current plan is to every batch cooking every two or three months and to restock the chest freezer,” she added,
Tom Church, co-founder of LatestDeals.co.uk, comments: “I recently had my first child and I found batch cooking to be a saviour when you’re tired and without much time to cook.
“It’s amazing how Liane managed to make her £137 shop last for so long. Her cooking looks really delicious too!
“If you want to do the same, a quick Google search elicits millions of results for batch cooking recipes.
“All you need is some freezer space, some plastic tubs, some tasty ingredients and a bit of time on your hands, and you too can be well on your way to batch cooking success, saving you time, money and hassle!”
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