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Three Things You Should Know About Freezer Cooking

You know I love freezer cooking. It’s a great way for me to get a little ahead in this game we call “life as MOM.” Not only does it save me time and money, it also gives me a much needed break from the kitchen. Here are some things you need to know if you’ve not tried this method of meal preparation.

1. You don’t need a deep freeze.

Until we moved into our current house last September, I filled my refrigerator freezer with meals and it worked just fine. Watch this video demonstration to see how you can make a small freezer work for you. Twenty meals in an itty-bitty storage space!

2. Casseroles are not the only things you can make!

Some people think that you can only “freezer cook” if you’re making tons of casseroles. This is so not the case. Marinate chicken breast to throw on the grill or precook and season taco meat in order to make quick work of a taco bar later in the month. There’s no end to the possibilities. Think about what part of a meal you can make ahead and prep that. Consult my list of what you can freeze for more inspiration.

3. Premade meals can taste great!

You may be worried about freezer burn. Honestly, we are food snobs over here and I would not do this if freezer burn was plaguing us. Cool foods completely, wrap them well, and eat them up within a month or two for best taste and texture. C’mon! Carnitas soft tacos? I am so there.

Come back later today for a peek at my Freezer Cooking plan for July. Tomorrow, you can share your plan. And then, let’s get cooking!

– My long-lost twin, JessieLeigh, is starting a new blog carnival, called “Three Things You Should Know…” It’s a great concept for sharing helpful information. Pop over and check out her post today about breastfeeding a preemie.

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  1. Thank you, thank you,thank you! I knew there were more ideas out there to help save time and minimized stress! I’m so excited to start trying this with my cooking and meal planning!

  2. You inspired me to try freezer cooking at the beginning of the month. It wasn’t too hard, and I’m definitely reaping the benefits. It’s so nice not to worry about what’s for dinner. Thanks!!!!

  3. You, my dear twin, are the QUEEN of freezer cooking. If I ever jump on board with this (you know, if #4 is ever on the agenda ;)), yours are the lists I will consult. I love all the delicious “non-casserole” ideas you have… makes freezer cooking so much more appealing! Thank you, thank you for linking up and sharing your knowledge!

  4. Michelle K says:

    I’m so excited to do freezer cooking in July. I’m on vacation as of Friday afternoon so I really feel like I can devote some serious time, energy, and preperation into making this a success for me and my family this month. Thanks for all the great ideas!

  5. I like item #2. That’s what I thought, too, but then I realized how much ahead-of-time prep work I do, especially with meat. My only complaint is that I have a hard time finding meatless meals appropriate for freezing. I have only a few that work.

  6. i’m new around here but love freezer cooking! i’m looking forward to what is on your menu.

  7. I grew up with a mother that believed ANYTHING could be frozen and nothing was safe from her (thank goodness we kids could outrun her)…

    I make up loads of pancakes, waffles & french toast and freeze on cookie sheets, stack into ziploc baggies and then when we need them we pop them into the toaster and we have quick and super easy breakfast.

    Looking forward to seeing all your ideas…

  8. I’m doing a few make ahead items this month, but nothing that involved the oven, its too hot. I have pinto beans soaking right now to make refried beans in the crockpot tomorrow. And, this weekend we plan to put up some peaches since they are on sale. My first time canning.

  9. This is great! Would you mind if I used this post as a guest post on my site? (I’d love to use it Monday, if I could…)

    I don’t freezer cook yet, but would love to learn!

    • Jessica Fisher says:

      Tabitha, thank you. But, no. All my work is copyright protected. While you may not use this post on your site, feel free to link to it. Thanks so much.

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