Learn how to batch cook with The Batch Lady

James Garside

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Suzanne Mulholland aka The Batch LadyImage courtesy of www.thebatchlady.com

According to the USDA approximately 30-40% of the food supply in the US is discarded as food waste.

That equates to approximately 133 billion pounds and $161 billion worth of perfectly edible food needlessly being chucked in the bin.

How can you tackle this in your own home? One method you can try is batch cooking.

Batch cooking is a great way to cut down on food waste. Batch cooking is when you prepare all your meals for the week or month ahead in one go.

It cuts down on unnecessary waste, saves repeated preparation time, and is a great way to make sure that you have easy access to cheap and healthy meals regardless of your busy schedule.

I turned to The Batch Lady by Suzanne Mulholland to find out what to do.

I'm the sort of person who buys food in bulk, always checks the price per unit, and calculates the cost per meal that I get for every weekly shop. My average is about £1 per meal.

So the idea of batch cooking is right up my street. It's also something, strangely, that I've never had time for. I understand that it is supposed to save me time but it seems like a lot of upfront work.

This book is exactly what I was looking for. A quick introduction to the idea of bach cooking with a handful of poultry, meat, fish and vegetable dishes as your mainstay.

I've no idea how it stacks up against other cooking books because cooking books are the one type of book that I hardly ever read.

It remains to be seen whether or not this will revolutionarise my culinary life. But I plan to give batch cooking a shot and now, thanks to this book, I have a good idea what to do.

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