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My husband recently passed away and life has changed so much. One issue I have had was cooking for one. Buying things like celery and carrots was beginning to be a waste since I couldn't use up the fresh vegetables as fast. I finally realized the other day when making a pot pie that why wouldn't it make sense to buy frozen carrots since they would be cooked anyway instead of using fresh. I waited for a sale on frozen vegetables and got a bag of carrots to use when I want to do a casserole or soups. Celery was solved by just getting what I needed at the time at the salad bar. No more throwing a whole bag of celery away because it too would go to waste before I could use it. Time to learn to save smarter.

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August 21, 20150 found this helpful

there are lots of cookbooks out there that feature cooking for one or two, might be worth taking a look in your local bookstore or library.

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August 21, 20153 found this helpful

Why not continue to "cook for two" and freeze the second portion for a quick meal later on.

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September 8, 20190 found this helpful

i like your idea a lot.

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August 22, 20150 found this helpful

Being alone and cooking can be fun. I'm a mother of 5 grown sons,5grandchildren and 3 grand grand so cooking for family was quite a shock to cook for one. Then I found this site and it made me unlock my brain. One woman wrote how to make containers of slice veggies.

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One wrote about the weekly odd and end bucket in the freezer.I could go on and on. I made my own dry soup mixes. I cleaned tarnished teaspoon collection with potatoes juice. The list goes on The people on this site are great. They make me laugh at my mistakes. Look up the archives on this site. Have fun cooking as no one knows your mistakes.

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August 24, 20152 found this helpful

When you get the celery, clean what you need and wrap the rest securely in foil..lasts a looooooong time.

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September 14, 20180 found this helpful

Was told that before the celery i had wrapped in foil went very fast...wont do it again

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August 24, 20150 found this helpful

So sorry for the loss of your husband. My mother in law was recently widowed, I know it is a big change for her, too.

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August 24, 20150 found this helpful

Lifestyle changes are not easy. The financial delima of cooking for one is a toughy. I buy large chicken, pork etc when it's on sale...cutting into dinner size portions and tossing into freezer baggies with whatever spices -Tai, Mexican etc.

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I promised myself No Throwing out foods...so I also started buying premixed bagged salads, and stir-fry anything that looks like it needs cooking. If I'm not eating that day, into the freezer it goes. You will find a new momentum.

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August 24, 20150 found this helpful

I have been a widow for a long time and cooking for one is a new learning. I would buy the celery and dice the whole thing up and put in zip-lock bag and freeze and that way have it ready when I cooked and didn't waste any of it....and also did onions, bell peppers, and carrots. At Thanksgiving or Christmas when the kids are at their in laws I would get a turkey roast and bake with a small pan of dressing. I would make a few frozen meals but not over load the freezer, was good when I worked too late in the evening.

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August 24, 20150 found this helpful

I had to start cooking for one just two years ago. And went from a family of 4 children, their friends and others some nights I felt like I was cooking for an army. To now cooking for just me. I LOVE TO COOK!! It is my passion. I cook still in quantity and feed my working neighbors, they love coming home to a full cooked dinner. They think I am nuts, but I have fun doing it.

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I also volunteer my services at my local Senior Center and cook a large lunch once a week. Just as an *Act of kindness* and using my cooking skills for my own peace of mind. There are many ways to entertain your time and cooking skills by freezing sauces, soup broths and gravies. I hope this gave you some usable ideas. Hang in there, as for me also, I pray life gets easier...

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September 1, 20150 found this helpful

Thanks for the great suggestions. I hate wasting food so hopefully I can use them to keep celery a little longer. I do end up with extra meals and freeze them for later use. Cooking for one is not only difficult but lack of motivation to cook for myself is an issue. Thanks again for the great ideas.

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September 2, 20150 found this helpful

Just cook for four servings eat one when you're done cooking. Put one serving in the refrigerator for the next day and freeze the other 2 in single serving plastic containers.

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I've stocked my freezer with so many different dishes I have fun when I choose and heat them in the micro-wave oven.

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September 17, 20150 found this helpful

I chop up vegetables into soup and stew packs, and freeze them. While I wouldn't like to be alone, it must be also very noticeable on the routine things like cooking and cleaning. Not much of a silver lining, perhaps, but one of the easier steps in adjusting. I wish you well.

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September 17, 20150 found this helpful

I also recently became a widow. When i purchase celery, onion, green pepper, and carrots, i clean, pat dry, then chop or dice into separate freezer bags. Then when making soup or something requiring these veggies, i just measure out what i need and nothing goes to waste. It takes a little time initially but its worth it for not only the elimination of waste and money savings but also the convenience of having it already chopped.

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September 18, 20150 found this helpful

I second the advice on wrapping your celery in aluminum foil. It lasts for weeks & weeks. Also, iceberg lettuce lasts a long time when wrapped in foil.

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Onions and green peppers, I've always diced and/or sliced immediately and put in baggies in the fridge for cooking use.

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September 8, 20170 found this helpful

So very sorry for your loss. Please know that you, my Thrifty Fun Friend, are in my prayers. Change can be tough, especially trying to learn new habits. Although my boys have been on their own now for almost 20 years, once in a while I still 'slip' and prepare a mountain of food! I fill the freezer and / or give it away! Some things I only know how to make in LARGE quantities, such as stuffed cabbage!

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September 10, 20170 found this helpful

Dear HerkDia,

Please accept my sincere sympathy on the loss of your husband. I lost mine almost 6 years ago after 50 wonderful years. I have learned to cook for one & make a chicken dish once a week which lasts me for a few meals. Making soup once a week is a given as well as either egg salad or chicken salad which also takes me through a couple of days. When chicken goes on sale I purchase it, divide it into freezer bags & into the freezer it goes. When eggs go on sale (usually 69 cents for a dozen large ones) I buy 2 dozen.
Add to that invites to friends houses and a once a week restaurant meal & I'm good to go. Peanut butter & yogurt are my fill ins. Over time I have adapted to my life change. I hope you also will learn to adapt. Best of luck to you in adjusting to your new life.

Joesgirl

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September 16, 20180 found this helpful

Rubbermade Produce Keepers (green lids) keep produce fresh for a long time! Unbelievable how long some things last! I keep my fridge filled, with them, and seldom compost anything. I've been a widow almost 11 years. I have no problem cooking (from scratch) for 1 and easily scale down recipes "for me". I am not a cook it/freeze it cook as I prefer freshly prepared foods.

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September 17, 20180 found this helpful

My husband passed away about 18 months ago. and I know what you mean about having to much food. I still cook for two but divide my food in two and freeze the rest , so all I need to do is place the next meal out to thaw. As to vegetables, I make a curry or soup and use the leftover vegetable instead of throwing them out. the leftovers go to my dog so I have very little wast.

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October 9, 20180 found this helpful

Oh my gosh, that's amazing suggestion. I never thought of doing this.
Thank you for sharing this.....!!!!!

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