Thursday, January 10, 2013
Once A Month Shopping- Getting It Down On A Calendar
Did you miss the first post in this new Series? Learn how to create a Kitchen Binder here and then come back to this post for your next step!
You've all been good little pupils and your homework is done right? You have recipe cards made out for Breakfast, lunch and dinner recipes and a list of the meals you plan to use for the month all laid out in front of you Good! Now get out a calendar and let’s talk about using it to your advantage.
Your going to write down all the meals for each day in that day’s calendar spot. Breakfast, lunch and dinner no matter how simple. Be sure to include what side dishes and special items (i.e. desserts) you will be making that day. When that is all filled in, you will go back and make notes at the bottom of each calendar space of things you need to do to prep your meal. For example, this Friday we are having Pizza and a salad, so in my calendar spot for Thursday I have a note that says “make pizza sauce and refrigerate” and on Friday it says “make pizza dough and mozzarella cheese”. In the morning when I glance at my calendar, I know exactly what I need to do to get my prep work done.
I also make notes about lunch treats, desserts, snacks or any other items that I don’t want to forget. Another thing I do is to circle the meal items that need taken out of the freezer in red so I know that they need thawing. It helps me out a bunch to have all of that information in one convenient place all organized and ready to go.
This is your homework. Fill in a calendar, you can use a paper one you print off, an actual hanging wall calendar or one in your phone (with alarms set to check it of course). It doesn't matter, just get you the month of recipes put down, add your prep notes and hang it where you can see it.
On Monday, we’ll make our shopping list. Have pen, paper and recipe cards ready!
Shopping Once A Month Series Posts
Part 1- Creating a Kitchen Binder