Vintage Cooker

Save Money With Big Batch Cooking and Baking

On the practical side of cooking and baking, it just makes sense to do big batches.

You’ll have a messy kitchen to clean up either way, so why not double or triple the recipe and end up with enough left-overs to put in the freezer for those busy days when you don’t have time to cook a meal?

Vintage Cooker

My trusty, vintage Westinghouse cooker

One advantage of big batch cooking is taking advantage of good sales.  Especially good sales on meat, which can save you a ton of money.

Another advantage of having quick meals in the freezer, is that it re-routes that urge to stop for fast food!

We have a few favorite “big batch” meals that always freeze well and taste just as good out of the freezer as they do the day they’re made.  (Sometimes, better)

Our list includes: chili, spaghetti sauce, soup, broth, beef burgundy, and lasagne.

We also love our baked goods, so those big batches include: cookies, pies, muffins, and breads.

Whatever your family favorites are, they can probably be made in a large batch and frozen.

Speaking of favorites, I’ll share our favorite spaghetti sauce recipe.  I’ve never found a better one!  This is the recipe that I will make in triple batches and cook in that nice, vintage cooker pictured above.

Favorite Spaghetti Sauce Recipe

And for big batch baking, I will share the link to our delicious: Chocolate Zucchini Bread Recipe

My Chocolate Zucchini Bread Recipe

BENEFITS:

  • Having ready made meals in the freezer
  • Taking advantage of sales on ingredients
  • Cooking once, enjoying many times
  • Home cooked, quick meals instead of fast food

The average American spends $1200.00 per year on fast food.   Let’s be conservative and say that the ingredients for these quick freezer meals would cost half that amount.

MONEY SAVED:  $600.00!!

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My Chocolate Zucchini Bread Recipe

My Chocolate Zucchini Bread Recipe

Chocolate Zucchini Bread is moist and rich like the best chocolate cake you’ve ever tasted!  It does deserve to be its own food group, because IT IS that good and it’s one of our family’s favorites.

Every year when the zucchinis are getting huge, we gather up a couple armfuls of the monsters and embark on a Chocolate Zucchini Bread bake-a-thon.

You’ll find these monster zukes at Farmer’s Markets or from any neighbor who grows zucchini and gets over run with these vigorous veggies.  I like to grow my own and have experimented with different varieties over the years.  My favorite by far is Burpee’s Golden Egg hybrid zucchini.  It makes the most delicious, moist bread I’ve ever tasted.  They don’t grow large, like other varieties, so you have to grow a few more hills of them to get enough for a bake-a-thon.

Now, about the recipe:

I got this wonderful recipe many years ago, from my mother-in-law.  She apparently didn’t want to share it, because she “left out” a couple ingredients on the recipe card she gave me.  After a failed attempt, we got the recipe straightened out, had a good laugh, and I’ve been making this bread ever since.

Here it is, and I hope it becomes one of your family favorites too!

My Chocolate Zucchini Bread RecipeMy Chocolate Zucchini Bread Recipe

Chocolate Zucchini Bread

3 eggs

1 cup vegetable oil

2 cups packed brown sugar

1 tsp vanilla

3 cups shredded zucchini – drained

2 squares baking chocolate -melted

1 tsp salt

3 cups flour

1 tsp baking soda

¼ tsp baking powder

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp pumpkin pie spice

Beat eggs.  Add oil and brown sugar.  Beat well.  Add vanilla, zucchini and chocolate.  Mix well.  Add dry ingredients and mix until well blended.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease 2 standard loaf pans.  Bake for 45-60 minutes.  Bread is done when toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.  Cool in pans for a few minutes, until easily removed.

My Chocolate Zucchini Bread RecipeMy Chocolate Zucchini Bread Recipe

To buy the equivalent of this bread in the store (if you could find it) would cost on the average of $19.80.  ($4.95 per tiny loaf).  This recipe costs 4.75 for 2 standard loaves.  Money Saved $15.05! 

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