by: Mary Segers

To simplify the life of a cook is not hard to do…

Here's a Quick Way to Simplify the Life of a Cook
Here’s a Quick Way to Simplify the Life of a Cook

As a matter of fact one of my main goals in life is to teach others what I’ve learned about how easy it is to simplify the life of a cook. And this post is going to focus on a real quick way to do just that…. simply mix extra whenever you can when you’re cooking meals such as meatloaf, spaghetti, chili, soup, and many other dishes.

This is such a wonderful strategy for several reasons such as:

  • It’s nowhere near double the effort
  • It really saves so much time
  • It can even give you nights off from cooking each and every week.

How to Simplify the Life of a Cook

I have a favorite meatloaf recipe and whenever I make it I make 75 servings. For you who are curious, that takes 11 lbs. of meat. With all the rest of the stuff that goes in it I have a hard time mixing it up even in my largest metal mixing bowl.

Now when I’m done mixing that up I’ll grab one of my (many) cast iron skillets and fill it with how much I want in order to make the size meatloaf I want. I’ll then put that mixture in a freezer bag, make sure as much air as possible is out of it, label it as “Meatloaf” and the date.

I’ll put up 3 or 4 of these.

Here's a Quick Way to Simplify the Life of a Cook 2
Here’s a Quick Way to Simplify the Life of a Cook 2

Then I’ll put up some smaller bags and these will be used for things such as:

  • Stuffed bell peppers
  • Stuffed cabbage
  • Salisbury steak
  • Just scrambled with some gravy and served over rice, pasta, or potatoes

These are some of my favorite things to do with this meatloaf mixture.

If I’m pressed for time it doesn’t take long to put the mixture in a skillet and bake. If I have a little time I may make one of the above dishes that requires more time.

The point is that the majority of the work is done.

When I make homemade vegetable soup I make enough to put up at least 2 – 1 gallon bags in the freezer and it basically gives me two nights off from cooking in the future.

What could you do to simplify your life as a cook? Just hit “Reply” and let me know.

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