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Freezer Cooking: Where To Start?
Posted By Jessica Fisher On August 5, 2011 @ 12:07 pm In Freezer Cooking | 21 Comments
Welcome to the August Freezer Cooking
Daze Days !
Freezer Cooking (or making a bunch of meals and meal components and storing them in the freezer for later use) has been a boon to my “life as mom.” It helps me feed my family of 8 on a budget and without a ton of hassle.
The first weekend of the month in these here parts is dedicated to swapping ideas about what you can freeze and how to make freezer cooking work for you. If you’re new to the concept of freezer cooking, this post is for you.
A lot of people ask (or just think it), “Won’t the food taste weird?”
You know, I’ve been doing this for 15 years, tweaking recipes to suit our tastes and our budget, and my short answer is “No.”
The long answer? If you prepare it well and freeze it properly, it won’t taste weird. Here are some things to consider:
Another common question is how to get started with freezer cooking, or “batch cooking” as it’s sometimes called. If you’re a beginner,then I suggest you start small.
Consider these easy ways to fill the freezer:
Even though I’ve been doing a pantry challenge  for the last month, I was able to create a cooking plan based on what I already had in the house.
Here’s my cooking plan:
- Soak beans for Seasoned Pinto Beans  overnight. Cook up a pot of beans the next day.
- Prepare a big pot of Crockpot Red Sauce. 
- Make hamburger patties and freeze. (Try this recipe for Tarragon Turkey Burgers )
- Prepare many batches of Pancake Mix  and stash them in the freezer.
- Prepare a big batch of Cranberry Orange Granola .
5 millionseveral bags of Instant Oatmeal Packets. 
One of the benefits of Freezer Cooking Days  is that we share ideas and learn from one another. Browsing the links each month can be really helpful in learning what tricks other folks have got up their sleeves.
Share your cooking plan in the comments section or tell us your best ideas for getting started in freezer cooking. Tomorrow, come prepared to share your favorite recipe!
For further reading:
Curious about freezer cooking? Consider purchasing my cookbook, Not Your Mother’s Make-Ahead and Freeze Cookbook  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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Daze Days: http://lifeasmom.com/features/freezer-cooking-days
 wrote a cookbook: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/12/were-having-a-baby.html
 Harvard Common Press: http://harvardcommonpress.com
 Make a double batch: http://lifeasmom.com/2009/10/meal-planning-double-batch-cooking.html
 meatballs: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/06/more-ground-beef-freezer-meals.html
 marinated chicken.: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/04/chicken-in-marinades.html
 Once a Month Mom: http://bit.ly/qDEBAx
 doing a pantry challenge: http://goodcheapeats.com/2011/07/pantry-challenge-check-in-final-week-or-not/
 Seasoned Pinto Beans: http://goodcheapeats.com/2009/04/homemade-pintos/
 Crockpot Red Sauce.: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/04/homemade-croutons-shredded-chicken-and-red-sauce.html
 Tarragon Turkey Burgers: http://goodcheapeats.com/2011/07/tarragon-turkey-burgers-with-bleu-cheese-and-chipotle-mayonnaise-whats-on-your-plate/
 Pancake Mix: http://goodcheapeats.com/2010/01/pancakes-easy-pantry-staple/
 Cranberry Orange Granola: http://lifeasmom.com/2009/12/ultimate-recipe-swap-food-gifts.html
 Instant Oatmeal Packets.: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/03/frugal-friday-making-my-own-instant-oatmeal.html
 What Can You Freeze?: http://lifeasmom.com/2009/11/freezer-cooking-what-can-you-freeze.html
 Freezer Cooking Recipes You Can Count On: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/10/freezer-cooking-recipes-you-can-count-on.html
 How Freezer Cooking Can Work with Real Foods: http://lifeasmom.com/2011/02/how-freezer-cooking-can-work-with-real-foods.html
 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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