A few posts ago I went on about my Sensei wife. I told you how she was teaching my kids about lean concepts, etc. Well, I must be fair and balanced with my blogging and need to confess something to you all.
Tonight, my beautiful wife is with two of her friends doing “once a month” cooking. For those not familiar with the concept once a month cooking is when a few people get together and cook for 2~3 hours and then divide up all the food into meals.
My wife does this with two other ladies so they will, for example, prepare enough Teriyaki Chicken to feed 3 families.
It’s so mass production, right?
So I was thinking about how “mass production” this is. I mean they make all this food and then we store it in the freezer and pull it out as needed. Then, I thought that maybe this is not as bad as I originally thought. Perhaps, my Sensei wife has properly sized our finished goods supermarket and tonight has taken all the “kanban” and is simply replenishing the supermarket with her other, Sensei wannabe, friends.
They cook about every 4 weeks and we never waste any of the food so one could argue this really isn’t overproduction in the truest sense. The quality of the meals are fantastic and we always have a variety each month which is nice. Best of all, all my wife has to do to get dinner ready is pull something from the freezer, chuck it in the oven, throw together a salad and some bread and bam – she is done.
So what do you think? Is once a month cooking lean or mass production?
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