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‘The Batch Lady’ who can cook for up to FORTY people in an hour

Mother dubbed ‘The Batch Lady’ reveals how she cooks 20 meals in less than an HOUR by using similar frozen ingredients – and just one spoon to save on the washing up

  •  Suzanne Mulholland, from Selkirk, Edinburgh, is known as ‘The Batch Lady’
  • The mother-of-two lives in remote farmhouse and can cook 20 meals in an hour
  • Cooks chilli, fajitas and burgers from the frozen foods from the supermarket
  • Says it’s convenient and keeps the costs down, and has gained huge following

A mother who can cook enough food in an hour to feed forty people has become an online sensation.

Suzanne Mulholland, 43, from Selkirk, Edinburgh, is known as ‘The Batch Lady’ to her 60,000 followers, and shares frequent videos of her batch cooking from her farmhouse. 

The mother-of-two lives with her husband Peter and children Jake, 12, and Zara, 10, in Ettrickbridge, and admits her remote location has forced her to take up batch cooking frozen foods – as it takes 30 minutes just to get a pint of milk from the nearest shop.

The super mum cooks meals including chilli, fajitas, spaghetti bolognese, meatballs and burgers from the frozen foods she buys from the supermarket, which she says is convenient and keeps the costs down. 

She saves time by using similar ingredients and just one spoon to save on washing up.

The meals are then distributed into bags which are flattened to save space in the freezer.

Suzanne Mulholland, from Selkirk, Edinburgh, is known as ‘The Batch Lady’ to her 60,000 followers, and shares frequent videos of her batch cooking from her farmhouse

The mother-of-two lives with her husband Peter and children Jake, 12, and Zara, 10, in Ettrickbridge, and admits her remote location has forced her to take up batch cooking frozen foods

Suzanne began batch cooking when she was juggling looking after her children as toddlers, and her parents who were suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.

She uses the method to help juggle family life with running the family’s holiday cottage business.

‘I do this because I don’t want to spend a lot of time cooking,’ she said.

‘Working mums and dads want a home-cooked meal but there’s little time to cook during the week.

‘So it’s about finding an hour on a Sunday and doing it then. You just stack them together on top of each other, all frozen flat. It is really good for when people are very busy.’

The mum-of-two says buying frozen vegetables is convenient and keeps costs down

She said: ‘I cook meals at the same time which are all quite similar. It is easier to make things that have the same ingredients.

‘The recipes are very pared back, so they take less time to make. And it is cheaper and there is less to prepare.

‘Using frozen food is much cheaper than buying fresh vegetables.’

She decided to launch a website and YouTube channel after offering a lesson at a charity raffle – and 20 interested mums crammed into her kitchen to watch.

‘I knew what I was doing in terms of cooking, but not presenting,’ she said.

‘I put a video on YouTube, but I didn’t even have an email address 18 months ago.’

The super mum cooks meals including chilli, fajitas, spaghetti bolognese, meatballs and burgers from the frozen foods she buys from the supermarket

Suzanne, seen making bolegnese, began batch cooking when she was juggling looking after her children as toddlers, and her parents who were suffering from Alzheimer’s disease

Suzanne now has 60,000 followers across her social media channels on YouTube, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram.

Her video titles include ’10 family chicken meals in one hour!’, ‘Moroccan lamb chops in five minutes’ and ‘How to make a one pot roast chicken dinner’.

Despite taking on her extra role as a YouTube presenter, Suzanne reckons her new style of cooking has created more quality time for her family.

She said: ‘Years ago, mums would be looking after their kids and would cook in the middle of the day.

‘Now people come in, and they go straight out again to go to the gym or take their children to clubs.

‘I think we do more things with our kids every evening now, because I don’t have to spend time cooking.’

The super cook now boasts 40,000 followers on Facebook and 60,000 across her website, Instagram and Twitter where she shares her videos

Suzanne’s cooks sequenced set recipes for a week usually around the formula of cooking five nights of planned family dinners in under one hour

Suzanne’s time and money saving technique has taken up so much that she has fans all the way from New Zealand and California asking for her advice. 

However she admits some followers just watch her videos as they love her ‘tidy kitchen and Scottish accent’. 

Suzanne’s cooks sequenced set recipes for a week usually around the formula of cooking five nights of planned family dinners in under one hour.

Her methods have seen such a success rate that she even demonstrates her batch cooking skills at live shows.  

The super cook now boasts 40,000 followers on Facebook and 60,000 across her website, Instagram and Twitter where she shares her videos

Suzanne’s methods have seen such a success rate that she even demonstrates her batch cooking skills at live shows

 

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