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amother




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Post Wed, May 25 2022, 1:19 pm
I would like to start cooking for Shabbos earlier, like Wednesday.
I can't seem to come up with any sort of plan, or break down which things make more sense to do early.
What things are more worth it to make in advance?
What things reheat best?
Ie. roasted potatoes not because they are best made fresh. Rice may dry out when reheating for Shabbos.
I like healthy simple foods. Do not like mayo based dips.
What steps for chicken soup or cholent, if any, can be done early?
If anyone does this and can help give me a structure of things I can do on Wednesday, and Thursday-either to cook completely and just reheat late Friday-or things I can start prepping and then put together later (and when).
TIA
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amother




Latte
 

Post Wed, May 25 2022, 1:25 pm
I make challah and chicken soup only on Sundays (big batches for a few weeks at a time) and they freeze great! Makes Shabbos prep so much easier. I also make big batches of cookies and brownies and they freeze perfectly.

I agree with you on the potatoes and rice and only make those on Friday, along with roasted veggies and salmon which my family likes much better fresh. The following you can make on Wednesday:

Noodle kugels - yerushalmi, salt & pepper, sweet
Vegetable kugels or muffins - broccoli, zucchini, butternut squash, carrot, apple
Gefilte Fish
Homemade salad dressings
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yiddishmom




 
 
 
 

Post Wed, May 25 2022, 1:26 pm
I make the dips, and cut up all veggies for shabbos on Wednesday. I have a lot of veggies.

Veggies for the soup
Veggies for the fish
Veggies for beef stew (instead of cholent)
Veggies for any salad
You can peel the potatoes for the kugel and keep it in water.

If you make regular cholent, I think you can soak the beans on Wed and put it all in the crockpot bag and keep it in the fridge until Friday.

Any dressings/ sauces you need can be made on Wed.

Cakes/ cookies I make on Sundsy or Monday.
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amother




Oxfordblue
 

Post Wed, May 25 2022, 1:27 pm
Cook food that you can freeze
challah
chicken
meat
soup
kugel (not potato)
deli roll

Food taste better/fresher from the freezer than 2 days old from the fridge
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amother




Gladiolus
 

Post Wed, May 25 2022, 1:34 pm
amother [ Oxfordblue ] wrote:
Cook food that you can freeze
challah
chicken
meat
soup
kugel (not potato)
deli roll

Food taste better/fresher from the freezer than 2 days old from the fridge


Why can’t your freeze potato kugel?
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flowerpower




 
 
 
 

Post Wed, May 25 2022, 1:36 pm
Challah can be done any day of the week

Dessert as well

I cook fish, eggs, and soup noodles on Wednesday
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effess




 
 
 
 

Post Wed, May 25 2022, 2:11 pm
I like all my food fresh. So here’s what I doin the winter when I work too close to shabbos:
Chicken and rice- cleaned, spiced etc, covered on Thursday- now all I need to do is stick it in the oven on Friday.
Like others, soup early in the week
Green beans spiced in tray, roasted on Friday
Lettuce washed on checked were or Thursday.
Prep parts of salads that get put together right before meal e.g. toasted nuts or seeds, roasted veggies, dressings, etc
Like others: challah I do in huge batches, in advance
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English3




 
 
 
 

Post Wed, May 25 2022, 2:25 pm
Being that I am chasidish my Shabbos cooking is done in my sleep as I do the same menu each week. I start on Thursday morning and it takes me approximately an hour to prepare. On Wednesday I bake challos or Friday morning, I also bake cake then.

Thursday morning;
soak beans,
soak and salt salmon,
put on a pot off egg,
slice oninons adds spices and chicken bottoms,
cook farfel,
slice onion garlic spices and water cook fish,
peel veg for chicken soup, dump bones in and cook.
peel potatoes for kugel and onion. take out blender and grate mix with egg and spices and into the oven.
Roll up sleeves and wash dishes.

Friday morning;
Slice onions put in meat water beans and potatoes
And that's it shabbos is done!
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amother




Puce
 

Post Wed, May 25 2022, 2:52 pm
What’s your typical shabbos menu?
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ra_mom




 
 
 
 

Post Wed, May 25 2022, 3:11 pm
amother [ OP ] wrote:
I would like to start cooking for Shabbos earlier, like Wednesday.
I can't seem to come up with any sort of plan, or break down which things make more sense to do early.
What things are more worth it to make in advance?
What things reheat best?
Ie. roasted potatoes not because they are best made fresh. Rice may dry out when reheating for Shabbos.
I like healthy simple foods. Do not like mayo based dips.
What steps for chicken soup or cholent, if any, can be done early?
If anyone does this and can help give me a structure of things I can do on Wednesday, and Thursday-either to cook completely and just reheat late Friday-or things I can start prepping and then put together later (and when).
TIA

Chicken soup - cook and strain on Wednesday then refrigerate. You can make for a few weeks out a time (freeze the broth, not the veggies).

Cholent - soak and freeze beans for a few weeks at a time. Measure out seasonings and barley into Ziploc bags.

Gefilte fish can be cooked Wednesday and eaten on shabbos.
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PinkFridge




 
 
 
 

Post Wed, May 25 2022, 3:16 pm
This week do what you usually do but write down when you do it.
Then share it here and we'll tell you how/if you can do it earlier.

The great thing about starting earlier is that you have time for those things you really want to make erev Shabbos.

Oh, and anything you do the last hour? There's a fair chance it could have been done earlier.

Hatzlacha!
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iammom




 
 
 
 

Post Wed, May 25 2022, 4:09 pm
I used to think that certain foods need to be made fresh on erev and only taste good that way. Then I got into the habit of cooking everything on Thursday- eggs, liver, chicken, salmon, veggies - and I really cannot taste the difference. (I make super simple Shabbosim and no one eats kugel here)

Chicken soup is from the freezer unless it’s a restock week which I’ll then make Thursday morning and let cook thru the day.

Challah gets made on Sundays and then are frozen.

The only thing that gets made on Friday is cholent.

We haven’t died yet from eating food made on Thursday Laugh
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amother




Ebony
 

Post Wed, May 25 2022, 4:11 pm
For me cooking on Thursday is way more annoying. I have to cook the food, let it cool, put it in the fridge, then remember to reheat it on Friday and make sure not to leave it in the oven for too long.

That's way too many steps and too many places for me to mess up. It's much easier to just cook on Friday right before Shabbos.
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amother




DarkGreen
 

Post Wed, May 25 2022, 5:05 pm
Early in the week- bake: cakes/challah
Wed- fish, rice, prep the cholent, potato kugel
Thurs- cholent, chicken for shabbos day, cut up salads, make dressing, prep chicken/veggies for Fri night
Fri- bake the chicken
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amother




Mistyrose
 

Post Wed, May 25 2022, 6:25 pm
Wow such Hashgacha that you posted this today. I was just telling a friend I would like to start getting ready for Shabbos earlier and do my shopping today! This thread was so helpful.
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Fave




 
 
 
 

Post Wed, May 25 2022, 6:55 pm
I peal the vegetables for the soup and potatoes for the kugel on Wednesday night.
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emee2




 
 
 
 

Post Thu, May 26 2022, 2:07 am
amother [ DarkGreen ] wrote:
Early in the week- bake: cakes/challah
Wed- fish, rice, prep the cholent, potato kugel
Thurs- cholent, chicken for shabbos day, cut up salads, make dressing, prep chicken/veggies for Fri night
Fri- bake the chicken


You make potato kugel on Wednesday? Do you then freeze it?
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LovesHashem




 
 
 
 

Post Thu, May 26 2022, 2:22 am
We make salatim, homemade herring and pickles. We like techina and chummus and Pesto.

All of these things can even be made Tuesday.
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amother




Jetblack
 

Post Thu, May 26 2022, 2:53 am
I make my menu and do as much of the shopping on wednesday as possible. Then on thursday I cook in the afternoons with my kids a bit (trying as much as possible to factor in and make supper for thursday night as well!). Usually I get dips, desserts, and lots of prep done on thursdays, and then I only have the quite basic 'put stuff up' things to do left on Friday.
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amother




Valerian
 

Post Thu, May 26 2022, 2:56 am
Sunday or Monday, I do the shopping
Tuesday is for challah
Wednesday I bake: cake, cookies, desserts, kugels
Thursday, fish and chicken
Friday: soup, cholent, and salads/dips. (And clean the house.)

This system works best for me, doing it for years already.
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