A Beginner's Guide to Freezer Cooking
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A Beginner’s Guide to Freezer Cooking

Posted on Saturday, July 16th, 2011 at 4:12 pm
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Freezer cooking is a great way to save money and eat healthy when you don't have time to cook a homemade meal every night. Learn how to start!If you don’t have time to cook every night, then freezer cooking may be just the thing for you. Freezer cooking is a great way to save money and eat healthy. You can do your cooking when you have time, then package and freeze your meals. When you get home you will have healthy, homemade meals without any hidden ingredients or preservatives. Just open up the freezer and voila! Dinner is served within minutes.

How to Start Freezer Cooking

How Often Should You Cook Meals to Freeze?

When freezer cooking, you can cook as often as once a week or as little as once a month. If you are just starting out, you may want to work your way up to once a month cooking. Mass meal preparation can take some practice. There are two ways to prepare your freezer cooking:

1) Prepare, cook, and freeze or…

2) … prepare and freeze. That is, don’t cook your meals ahead of time. When you are ready to eat the meal, pull it out of the freezer and put it in the oven. This method gives you fresher meals and still saves you a lot of time.

 

What Are the Benefits of Freezer Cooking?

What’s not to like about coming home to ready-to-heat and eat healthy, homemade meals? The benefits are endless!

  • Eat healthy: Store-bought frozen food contains hidden ingredients, high sodium, and lots of preservatives. Homemade frozen food contains only the ingredients you choose to include. Overall, cooking at home promotes a healthier diet and lifestyle.
  • Save money: When you are cooking a week to a months supply of food, you will want to buy in bulk. Buying in bulk is less expensive. You’ll also have to make fewer trips to the grocery store, which will give you more time to gather and organize your coupons. And of course, cooking at home is much less expensive than eating out.
  • More free time: You will have more time to spend with your family at dinnertime if you aren’t stuck in the kitchen cooking. Freezer cooking will also ensure that everyone can sit down to eat dinner at the end of each day. Even if you are freezer cooking for one, you will have more free time to yourself and less time spent in the kitchen.

 

How Do You Plan Freezer Meals?

  • Use a calendar to plan your meals for a week to a month. Decide what meal to cook for each day. For example, plan Chicken Parmesan for Monday, tuna casserole for Tuesday, and so on.
  • Make a list of ingredients you will need for each meal. This can double as your grocery shopping list.
  • Go to the grocery store to buy the items you don’t already have. I always go to the same store, so I write my grocery list in the order of the store aisles. Doing this makes grocery shopping quick and easy.
  • Make labels so you know what’s in your freezer.

 

Freezer cooking is a great method of cooking for busy individuals, or anyone looking to simplify their life. Once you get in the habit of mass meal preparation, it will fit right into your monthly routine – you’ll never want to go back!


 

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