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How to Create a Freezer Cooking Plan (& Share Yours, Too!)

Posted By Jessica Fisher On April 1, 2011 @ 4:00 pm In Freezer Cooking | 19 Comments

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Freezer cooking is a way that individuals and families can prepare for the coming weeks by making their own homemade convenience foods.

Don’t feel like cooking?  Let everyone choose his favorite soup from the freezer. Have unexpected company? Grab a few quarts of homemade pasta sauce and prepare a pasta feed for a crowd. Looking for something quick to eat on the run? Pull some burritos from the freezer.

Not only will you eat better, but you will also save money, by avoiding high priced takeout.

[5]Above: Frozen burritos [6] are crisped on the griddle and served with fresh toppings for a healthier take on Chimichangas. [7]

If you’re new to freezer cooking, or bulk cooking as it is sometimes called, rest assured that it is not difficult. You can very easily spend a few hours cooking up several recipes in quick succession and have weeks worth of meals at the ready.

Here are some past posts to help you find your bearings:

Freezer Cooking at Our House

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Since I’m in the midst of writing a freezer cooking cookbook, my freezer is in a constant state of full. Lately my cooking plans have revolved around recipe developing and testing. I usually already have an idea of recipes that I want to create. I write notes and then have a good time tasting and testing and tasting again. I am sure I will need to go on a major diet come June.

My usual mode of operation these days is to work my cooking plans around a common protein. Using common ingredients or recipes that build on one another is a great way to maximize the time benefits of batch cooking. I find this to be a good way to make use of good grocery sales as well as being a great time saver.

Freezer Cooking at Your House

Are you doing any freezer cooking this month? Share your cooking plan in the comments and don’t forget to come back on Monday and share how your cooking went. I’ll be sharing some tricks that I’m using to make freezer cooking really work for us at our house.

And don’t forget to come back tomorrow for another Freezer Cooking Q&A as well as to learn about freezer cooking as a ministry.

Share your freezer cooking plan in the comments!

Curious about freezer cooking? Consider purchasing my cookbook, Not Your Mother’s Make-Ahead and Freeze Cookbook [13] from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or your local bookstore. It’s chock full with over 200 freezer-friendly recipes, planning pages, shopping lists, cooking plans, and basic and advanced how-to’s to making freezer cooking work for any home, family, and lifestyle.


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[7] Chimichangas.: http://goodcheapeats.com/2009/05/chimichangas/

[8] How to “Do” Freezer Cooking: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/09/how-to-do-freezer-cooking.html

[9] Planning a Bulk Cooking Session: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/04/freezer-cooking-planning-a-detailed-approach.html

[10] Choosing Foods for a Freezer Cooking Session: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/11/choosing-foods-for-your-freezer-cooking-plan-november-link-up.html

[11] The Power of the Mini Cooking Session: http://lifeasmom.com/2011/03/mini-freezer-cooking-sessions.html

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[13] Not Your Mother’s Make-Ahead and Freeze Cookbook: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1558327568/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=1558327568&linkCode=as2&tag=oflwtf-20

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