Freezer cooking methods is an amazing way to prepare ahead for those days when life gets hectic or you’re just too tired for cooking. It’s a great way to be prepared for company at a minutes notice and it also serves as a way to be prepared when life has a major down turn.
Freezer cooking is in essence another way to “stockpile” meals. Each family is different and each method different. Each budget is different too. You will need to decide which is best for you!
I’m all about freezer cooking and have done it for many years. I’ve tried every system out there to see which one meets my needs the most.
Here is a little run down of Freezer Cooking Methods and there Pros and Cons.
Once a month cooking: This is where you have a meal plan and grocery list for a month worth of meals. Then you shop one day, then cook up all your meals in one day sometimes two. In my opinion if you do this method it is best to do it with a friend as it can become quite exhausting.
- You are done in a couple days then you have a whole freezer full of meals for the month. Yay!
- If you are on a limited budget sometimes it’s hard to come up with a full month’s finances for this freezer meal system.
- It is very exhausting (this is my opinion) it takes a day or two just to recover from this kind of cooking. You need a lot of stamina.
- If you have small children it is a MUST that you have someone help with them in order to accomplish this sort of task.
I have done the Once a Month Method several times..It’s too much for me personally. But that’s just for me!
Once every two weeks: Exact same thing as above but only cooking for two weeks..same pros and cons..but of course not quite as exhausting.
Recipe bulk cooking:
Well I made that term up but it’s when you cook one batch of a recipe and make several meals out of it. For example you make a HUGE batch of Spaghetti Sauce and make several different kinds of meals out of that.
- This is a great way to create many meals out of one recipe.
- Have to be creative with what you make – that’s not really a con though in my opinion J but it could be for some.
Bulk Meat Cooking
A great way to buy and cook one type of meat and then freeze in many different recipes.
- You don’t necessarily need to totally prepare a meal out of the meat. You can marinate for later, or say cook up ground beef plain and freeze in freezer bags for later for tacos, spaghetti etc.
- You have many options for different meals at a moment’s notice when the meat is already bought and halfway prepared. So it’s quick and easy
- You save money when you buy in meat in large amounts, bulk buying.
- It will take an initial investment of money in order to buy this large a quantity of meat. However it is a money saver in the long run.
- You need to have sufficient freezer space in order to do this.
Cook a meal and save a meal.:
This freezer cooking methods one of my favorite way to build up my Freezer Meals as it takes very little effort. It’s simple! While creating your meal plan, plan on purchasing the ingredients to make one or two more of your favorite meal.
Say you love a certain casserole, double or triple the ingredients and then the day you are going to have this meal, make 1 or 2 extras and freeze.
- Very little effort since you are already making the meal for dinner anyway.
- Saves time.
- After doing this a few times you have 4-6 meals ready at a moments notice and you can just keep adding every week or two.
- None! That of course is my opinion J
That’s pretty much it in a nutshell. Below is a partial list of foods that will freeze well. I freeze everything!
- · Fruits
- · Vegetables
- · Dairy – Eggs – Crack and put into ice cube trays – freeze. Or scramble then freeze ( also cheeses, yogurt, milk)
- · Meats
- · Baked Goods
- · Pizza Dough
- · pie dough batter
- · Bread Dough
- · Pasta – Yes you can! Just under cook a little and freeze
- · Rice – under cook just a little and freeze after cooled down
- · Herbs
- · Pantry Items
- · Broths/Soups
- · Sauces
- · Full Meals – Of course!
Here are some GREAT Freezer Recipes:
Have a Blessed Day! Q
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