Once A Month Cooking – A few Highlights from Bulk Cooking

The amount of food a family with 10 kids goes through is…..REEEEEEdicuLOUS!  Seriously, I shock myself.

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And a example of some of what the 2nd refrigerator looks like:

 

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My younger girls (9 and 10 yrs old) made 35 burritos in assembly line fashion.  It was a huge accomplishment for them.  They were thrilled with all the stacks of burritos until they figured up that it would barely be 2 meals for our family. We should have bought bigger tortillas.  If we add Mexican rice, salad, chips, we can get two meals!  Yay! That will have to work because we ran out of beans.  More on the burritos later.

My mom found me these awesome restaurant size pans that work great for our lasagnas and casseroles.  I put two lasagnas in them for two meals. That makes 3 1/2 feet of LASAGNA!

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For the lasagna, it took 3 boxes of noodles, 2 Costco size tubs of cottage cheese, 8 eggs, a lot of sauce, 3 lbs of cheese and bunch of Italian spices.  My 16 year old made this amazing sauce.

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The Mother Load Spaghetti Sauce:

  • 1 and 1/2 jumbo cans of Tomato Sauce.  The number 10 cans! NEXT TIME: we will use two #10 cans
  • 2 chopped onions
  • Several minced garlic cloves
  • 1 Costco size container of mushrooms, chopped
  • 2 chopped bell peppers (sautéed together with the onions, mushrooms, garlic)
  • Lots of Italian spices (basil, oregano, salt, pepper)
  • Cayenne pepper- a few shakes
  • 3 shredded carrots
  • 1 cup of red wine… or two. 😉
  • 5 lbs of ground hamburger (we could make with ground turkey and it would cost less)

And please note:  She doesn’t measure so beware!  Your mileage may vary!

Make sure you let your sauce cool off a bit before adding the cheese on top or else you will end up with a melted mass.  After the cheese, I garnish with a few shakes of parsley on top.  Then, I wrapped the top of the pan with plastic wrap first, then foil.  Sometimes the tomato sauce reacts with the foil and leaves holes in the foil and aluminum on your food.  So I first wrap with either wax paper or plastic wrap.  Remember to take if off  and just leave the foil on top before you put it in the oven!!!!!!!

Ok, so after the lasagnas, we put together a corn casserole, ham and cheese bake, Mexican stroganoff, meatloaf and rolls.

Not only is it a lot of food,  it is a lot of work managing that amount of food in a regular kitchen.  We are slowing trudging through but it looks like this will be taking days to get 30 mega sized meals in the freezer!  It is sorta depressing, overwhelming and exciting all at the same time.

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