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Once A Month Cooking: Tips & Resources
Posted By Tipnut On September 15, 2007 @ 8:47 am In Cooking Tips,Food,Frugal Living | 1 Comment
This is something I’d LOVE to develop more in our household, and some would say I’m a failure at it since I’ve been flirting with the concept for about six years now without fully participating on a regular basis–but I find it’s a worthwhile interest and pursuit no matter how much I can manage.
Once A Month Cooking  (also known as OAMC, Bulk Cooking and Freezer Cooking) is a very organized method of bulk meal preparation–for an entire month at a time! Or if you want to start small, you can try Once or Twice A Week Cooking or double and triple batching prepared meals to test the waters a bit first (I’m still at this stage).
You’ll need shopping and do-ahead-prep time as well, depending on how much you need to do–that could set aside a day (preferably the day before batch cooking).
With bulk cooking once a month, you enjoy a freezer full of nutritious, prepared homemade meals, enjoy fantastic savings (by buying in bulk as well as cutting way back on take-out). Some dedicated participants have cut their grocery bills in half (and more!) with careful planning. And it’s a huge time saver as an added bonus.
OAMC Forums & Groups
Once A Month Cooking Recipes
Tips & Tools For Bulk Cooking
If you are interested in bulk cooking yet don’t fully succeed at regular cooking sessions–please don’t get discouraged, you can still pick up great tips along the way until you get there. Stockpiling supplies  and frugal helpers like Price Books, household organizers and meal planners  are some of the big tips (and timesavers) that I accumulated along the way. You’ll find the OAMC community full of very thrifty and organized people.
Once a month cooking doesn’t have to be all or nothing – you can start by simply doubling or tripling your normal prepared meal size, meanwhile develop new habits and frugal skills just by following and learning from the OAMC community. It’s a very worthwhile pursuit and interest I think, and some great resources are listed above to keep you busy this weekend if you’d like to get started :).
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URLs in this post:
 Once A Month Cooking: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Once-a-month_cooking
 Frozen Assets: Cooking for the Freezer: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/frozen-assets/
 Recipezaar Forum: Cooking on a Budget: OAMC, Make Ahead, Freezing & More: http://www.food.com/bb/viewforum.zsp?f=23
 MakeAheadMeals · Make-Ahead, Freezer and Mega Meals Info: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MakeAheadMeals/
 Friendly Freezer: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Friendly-Freezer/
 Frozen Assets: http://frozenassets.info/
 Robbyn’s Friendly Freezer: http://web.archive.org/web/20080617124550/http://snider.mardox.com/OAMC.htm
 CookOfTheMonth.com: http://www.cookofthemonth.com/
 Stockpiling supplies: http://tipnut.com/frugal-tip-stockpile-save-money/
 household organizers and meal planners: http://tipnut.com/make-a-household-organizer-notebook-buncha-links/
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