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Once A Month Cooking Whether you cook for a month or just double your dinners, this is the place to share ideas.

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Old 06-07-2002, 12:45 PM
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MrsManiac you make me tired! I just re-read everything you did.

Today I browned 8lb of ground beef with onions (for Sloppy Joes, lasagna, tacos, etc), made salsbury steak, and twice baked potatoes. I am proud of myself and I keep giggling.
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Old 06-09-2002, 06:57 AM
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Way to go!! Just remember, lol, opening the freezer constantly to look at your work wastes energy. I started cooking my ground beef ahead of time--it saved SO much time in the long run!
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Old 06-13-2002, 04:17 PM
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Wow you worked your little tail off! I have done a little oamc, but need to do more. I like making breakfast foods.

How did you make the subs?
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Old 06-14-2002, 11:30 AM
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I bought 24 small sub buns--I usually make my own, but in this case I had to save some time. I bought a pound each of ham, turkey, and hard salami(dh's faves)and two pounds of American cheese. I made the sandwiches, wrapped them in foil and put them in a freezer bag. Dh likes Italian dressing and keeps a bottle at work, so I don't worry about that part, but I guess you could freeze some along with the sandwich? I pull one out for his lunch the night before so it will thaw, but he warms them in the microwave, so that doesn't matter.
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Old 06-15-2002, 09:49 PM
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GOT TO GET ME A FREEZER!! wonderful for you!!!
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Old 06-21-2002, 07:09 PM
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thanks for the info!!!

I have never done oamc on sandwiches before.
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Old 06-21-2002, 07:46 PM
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No problem Actually, I kind of swiped the idea from Smuckers' "Uncrustables"--frozen pb&j sandwiches with the crusts removed. Ds loves them, but I will not pay that price for pb&j! So I just started making them and freezing them, and moved on to subs. Dh hasn't complained about it, so I'm assuming it works ok lol!
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Old 09-26-2002, 11:54 AM
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Hi. Just started checking out the OAMC board and I was interested in making the subs. My question is...can you freeze the veggies on those, like lettuce and tomato? Or do you add them when you take them out?
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Old 09-27-2002, 06:39 AM
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So Interesting!

I've heard of this idea before, but now that I'm reading it again, and am at home all the time right now....oh.....it sounds wonderful.

The only problem is that I suppose I'll need to buy a full size freezer to store all that food!? We don't have one (yet). Maybe I could try "Once a Week" cooking in the meantime.
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Old 09-27-2002, 08:44 AM
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I don't freeze the veggies on them--lettuce and tomato don't freeze well at all! I keep a bowl of shredded lettuce in the fridge, as well as diced tomatoes, and put them in separate baggies when I put dh's lunch together.

Stargazer, you can fit a month's worth of food in your regular freezer--it just takes organization and a bit of practice. I can fit a "pasta meal"(spaghetti, hamburger helper, etc) for 4 into a quart-sized baggie, squeeze the air out and lay it flat. It gets trickier if you cook a roast and veggies--obviously these take more space. But I can squeeze our meals for the month into the freezer, as well as the bread(never lasts long lol) and sometimes ice cream. The baggies work the best for me--to keep the cost down, I wash and reuse most of them(the ones that don't have raw meat in them).

Once a week cooking is a good way to begin--it gives you practice for a big session lol!!
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