Way Back Weekend: A Peek at My Kitchen Marathon / Big Batch Cooking Day

August 10, 2013 · 4 comments

Do you do batch cooking or once-a-month cooking very often?  Every now and then I’ll have a kitchen marathon where I just go nuts and do a whole bunch of cooking all at once.  I’ll usually flip on the TV and watch something that I never get to see and just motor through there.  The picture above shows the mess that can result from one of these big batch cooking days.  (Click the pic to see it better.)

By the way, we’re on our way to Florida, so I thought I’d start this new thing that I may do now and then:  “Way Back Weekends”, where I’ll bring out a post from my archives.  And if you want to follow our FL adventures, be sure to connect with me over on Twitter and Facebook, and I’ll try to share anything interesting that comes up on our trip!  :)

I’ve labeled everything you see there in the picture, and you’ll find the corresponding links to each food listed below:

That day I was sort of helter skelter all over my kitchen, as you can see by looking, but I know that many of you do “monthly cooking marathons” or something similar quite a lot.  I’d love your tips for doing this in a more organized fashion, or for getting the most done in a day as possible.

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    1 Chris August 11, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    Kelly, how do you dry out the sprouted spelt berries? Would a food dehydrator work?I also have a 3 Horse Power Blendtec Blender, do you think that would be sufficient to grind up the spelt once it is dry?


    2 KitchenKop August 20, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    Hi Chris,

    Yep, you can use your food dehydrator to dry out the spelt berries, that’s actually better than a low-temp oven because that doesn’t get low enough.

    I don’t know anything about the Blendtec, sorry!



    3 Chris August 21, 2013 at 1:33 am

    Awesome thanks! The Blendtech is a 3 Horsepower blender that is totally bad-ass. It can pulverize avocado seeds into a paste which would be part of a smoothie…YUM. The avocado acts to scrub plaque from arteries. That’s just one of the awesome things of having a 3 horsepower blender. I bet it would work well enough to grind the spelt berries once they were dried.


    4 KitchenKop August 22, 2013 at 12:20 am

    Well my Bosch blender grinds them up when making these pancakes (http://kellythekitchenkop.com/2008/11/experimenting-with-whole-grains-blender.html), so then I’m sure the Blendtec would do fine, too! :)


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