There is no sense in packing your freezer full of meals if none of them actually taste good. The creation of recipes and menus begins about three months before you ever see the recipe or menu on our site!

Recipe Development:

The staffers on our Recipe Development Team create the recipes that we post on our blog. They cook them, taste them, and make adjustments as necessary before we post the finished product for you. These recipes, as well as others from around the internet, are compiled into our monthly menus by our Menu Curator.

Test Cooks:

From there, the menu is sent to test cooks who use our documents to shop, prep, and cook. They taste each meal before it is frozen (if applicable) and after it has been thawed and eaten. Test cooks fill out a survey and answer questions regarding the technical aspect of preparing the meal, how the meal tastes, and what they think of the dish overall.

Here are some sample questions:

  • Were the instructions clear and easy to follow?
  • On a scale of 1-5 how would you rate the difficulty in preparing this recipe?
  • Were serving amounts/sizes as expected? If not, do you feel it needs to be more or less?
  • Were there any ingredients that were hard to find?
  • Was the dish flavorful and enjoyable?
  • Were there any ingredients that needed adjustment?
  • What do you feel is missing, if anything?
  • Would you make this recipe again? If not why?
  • Would you present this recipe to guests?

Staff Team:

In addition to that, the staffers at Once a Month Meals enjoy having full freezers, and we often informally test recipes on our own families and provide feedback to the recipe development team. We welcome comments and questions from readers as well and take them into consideration in order to provide the best quality recipes and menus.

Interested in being a test cook?  Check out our article on how to sign up to be a test cook!