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Frugal Friday: Freezer Cooking on the Cheap
Posted By Jessica Fisher On November 6, 2009 @ 4:07 am In Baking,Budget Living,Freezer Cooking,Frugal Friday | 26 Comments
This week I spent a few days in the kitchen . I was on a mission to fill my freezer with homemade “convenience” items. Rather than start from scratch each night at dinnertime, I will be able to draw from a storehouse of “freezer meals.” Almost all of this month’s meals  have been pre-prepped in some way: chicken sliced and marinating for stirfry, ground beef cooked and seasoned for tacos, burritos, and not-soggy-nachos, custom baking mixes made up for pancakes, cornbread, scones, and muffins. We’ve got it all.
I find that if food preparation is off my to-do list, I can get more done the rest of the time and enjoy the evening so much more. And while I love to cook and I love to eat, I also love to relax and simply enjoy my family. So, I try to limit my cooking, but still feed my family well at dinnertime.
Freezer Cooking Saves Money
Cooking many meals at once and freezing them for later use will save you:
How Do I Freezer Cook on a Budget?
The question came up often this past week as I tweeted and updated facebook. In years past, I made my list of 30 meals based on what I wanted to eat in the coming month, regardless of the price or if the ingredients were in season. It still saved me money, but it was hard to have that lump of money at the beginning of the month. If you’re paid weekly, that can present a bigger challenge.
There are several ways that you can swing a freezer cooking day even on a fixed budget.
(The only exception I make to this is when I know that I want to freeze the meal uncooked, such as marinated meats and chicken or meatloaves which I prefer to freeze before cooking. Those I would prepare for freezing at the time of purchase.)
With some careful planning and some savvy shopping, you can easily pull off a great freezer cooking day on a budget. For inspiration, visit all these great recipe links for make-ahead meals .
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