Are you looking for more time during the week? Maybe spending more time with you family is high on your to-do list or maybe you would like to take up a new hobby but you never seem to find the time. There is a solution to your time dilemma that you may never have considered before, freezer cooking.
When freezer cooking becomes part of your life, you find more time, more money, and a lot less chaos. You are able to do more of the things that need to be done and you still get dinner on the table. Sound too good to be true?
Are you curious about what freezer cooking is or how to get started? Let’s take a closer look through some questions you may have.
What is freezer cooking?
Freezer cooking is making up a number of meals ahead of time and freezing them until you are ready to serve them.
There are several different ways to freezer cook. First, you can go ahead and do all your meals in one day. Second, you can do a recipe whenever you find extra time. Or third, you can even get together with you friends and divide up who will make what and share the meals. That’s one of the great things about freezer cooking, it is super flexible and can be done on your terms.
What are the benefits of freezer cooking?
One benefit we can all agree would be a plus in our lives would be the time we save by freezer cooking. When you make all your meals ahead of time you are spending less time in the kitchen every night. You are no longer having to prepare each meal from start to finish, all you need to do is take your meal out of the freezer and pop it in the oven. Not to mention clean-up is a breeze. You have much fewer dishes to wash and the kitchen doesn’t get quite as messy as it would if you were having to cook the meal that night.
When you cook all the meals at once you are able to save money because you can buy in bulk. For instance, if you know you are going to use a lot of cheese for a recipe, you are able to buy your cheese in bulk instead of buying it in a smaller package.
How do you get started freezer cooking?
Freezer cooking is easy to start. Once you have made the decision to give freezer cooking a try, you simply look for recipes that you think your family would enjoy. After compiling a list of recipes and deciding how many meals you would want from each recipe you then write down all the ingredients and go shopping. It’s as simple as that to get started. Then, you simply plan to prepare all your meals.
What supplies are needed to start freezer cooking?
I would venture to guess you already have the supplies you will need in your kitchen to freezer.
- Freezer Ziploc bags
- Glass containers
- Aluminum containers
- Aluminum foil
Who benefits from freezer cooking?
Not only do you benefit from the time you are spending in the kitchen, but your family also benefits because they get more time with you and the meals you are eating are coming from your kitchen and not a drive-thru. You can also throw a freezer meal party, and get your friends in on it as well.
How long does it take?
If you have a whole day to commit to freezer cooking, then a whole day. Or you can break it up into several different days. The choice is yours.
What are some freezer cooking resources I can use to learn more?
The best place to find recipes for freezer cooking that fit the needs of everyone in your home would be on Pinterest. You may be surprised by the number of recipes that actually exist just for freezer cooking. There are recipes for whole meals, crock pot meals, main dishes, and side dishes all geared toward freezer cooking.
There are also eBooks on the market to help you learn more about freezer cooking, including The Ultimate Guide to Freezer Cooking.
If the idea of spending a whole day cooking sounds a bit overwhelming, you can still have the benefits of freezer cooking by choosing one thing to make in bulk. For instance, if your family loves French toast sticks, you can make a whole bunch of those and freeze them. Then, the next time you decide to give freezer cooking a try you can pick another recipe to make and go ahead and make several of that meal. Over time, you will see your freezer beginning to fill with different types of meals and eventually you’ll have enough to last several weeks.
Whether you want to jump feet first into the whole freezer cooking thing or you want to test the waters, there are benefits to both.
Freezer cooking saves you time, money, and sanity. Are you ready to start saving?