Join the Freezer Cooking Craze!

I love my freezer! I’m not ashamed to say it.

I remember years ago my younger sister turned up her nose at the idea of making food ahead of time and freezing it. Truth be told, I think she just had bad memories from our childhood when our parents or grandmothers stockpiled food that didn’t see the light of day for months, years, decades.

Quite honestly, it was kinda creepy that Gramma had canning jars full of stuff in her basement that were so old, the dust was growing thick on their tops.

Probably one of the problems of the prosperity that most Americans experience (in comparison to the rest of the globe) is that we have excess.

Typically, we have more than we need, we buy more than we need, and we don’t always use what we have. I have been guilty of this many times over.

This month I’m hosting a Pantry Challenge over on my food blog, Good Cheap Eats. I was stunned to see so many comments and folks signing up to participate on these posts:

Clearly, I’m not the only one with a little excess in the cupboards, fridge, and freezer. So, we’re shopping our kitchens before we go shopping elsewhere.

This is a wonderful opportunity to use what you have, rotate your stock, and make sure things don’t go to waste. In fact, I found a good handful of freezer meals to use up this month, like Soy-Balsamic Burgers and Turkey Tortilla Soup, Carnitas Tacos, homemade barbecue sauce and Chicken Tamales. Obviously, freezer cooking helps me year in and year out. We’re reaping the benefits of work I put it weeks ago!

Freezer cooking is helping me take time off this month. Without the scary food experiences that haunt my kid sister.

Try the Make Ahead and Freeze Method

If you don’t already practice freezer cooking, I encourage you to give it a go. Not only does it help you save money through bulk cooking, but it will help you save time and put your feet up more often.

Not sure where to start? Here are some of my favorite posts that will help you join the Freezer Cooking Craze:

Did you do any freezer cooking this past month?

We’d love to hear about it. Tell us in the comments, or if you posted it on your blog, share the link below.

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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  1. So excited about this year and the changes we are making to how I prepare our meals. Thanks for the challenge, Jessica!

  2. It is a great challenge – one that I am continually trying to get a handle on. This holiday we got another freezer which will make this year’s freezer cooking much less stressful. It was really hard to put things in the freezer when it needed to be rearranged and forced into our small freezer.
    I like always having brown rice, homemade frozen burritos, taco meat, dinner rolls, and popcycles and breaded chicken for the kids. But now that I have the extra freezer space, I am hoping to make extra meals for a quick dinner fix

  3. I started an ‘eat down’ , as a I called it, a few months ago. It kind of stuck. I REALLY try to use things up before I buy new, use what I have and think outside the box. If I can’t use a whole meal, then I freeze it. It has really worked for us and has kept our grocery bills down.

  4. Funny you should post this today. This morning I have made chicken stew, chopped chicken and placed them in marinade in the freezer, made cookies, made French toast with stale buns and it is now in the freezer, beans are in the crockpot and up next, making flat bread! Great day! I am determined not to be caught in the last minute “what’s for dinner” dilemma this month.

  5. Your website has really encouraged me to use freezer cooking over the past year. Rather than spend an entire day cooking, I like to make two or three of something one evening, use one and freeze the others (i.e. lasagna). My husband had surgery last month and was unable to drive or help with the kids for weeks. Luckily we knew this months in advance and I gradually filled the freezer with meals before his surgery. It was so nice to have a freezer stocked with meals because at the end of the day I was too exhausted to prepare a meal. I was able to pull a healthy, affordable meal from the freezer rather than heading to a drive thru and overpaying for an unhealthy meal. I just stocked up on clearance Christmas ziploc bags and am ready to fill my freezer up again!

  6. First of all, not related to the blog subject at all, thank you for the cautionary note that appeared above this post. We should all use “our big girl words.” Nice to see someone saying it.

    Back on subject: I cook for the freezer all the time. There are only two of us here and most recipes make too great a quantity for a single meal (or even two). Dividing up what I make and freezing part of it helps to keep our meals from becoming boring and repetitious.

  7. I love love love freezer cooking! It is something I have been doing for almost a year now and it has saved me so much time and money. I recommend it to everyone I know!

  8. Lots! Especially pancakes, your cinnamon rolls, waffles, tacos, soup, and marinara sauce. Lots of cookies and quick breads and muffins, too. I’m a convert, thanks to you. My family and our checking account thank(s) you too. ;)

  9. I had been doing some freezer cooking this afternoon and then sat down to rest and read some of my favorite blogs, Life as Mom being one of them. It was encouraging to read this post because I’m tired after making chicken tetrazzini, chilli, two batches of pumpkin pancakes, cooking four lbs of ground beef, and precooking chicken for chicken pie. After I rest a bit, pizza dough and cinnamon rolls are next on the list. It is tiring, but so worth the time and effort.

  10. I’m like you, I love my freezer and stocking it as I’m already cooking. I simply double each time I cook and freeze extra. We’re always adding and taking away to keep me from having long hours in the kitchen. I post my menus on Monday and share freezer cooking recipes every day.

  11. Angela Shrader says:

    Love freezer cooking! I’m still organizing my freezer/pantry for the month….a little at a time. But our monthly meal plan is WORKING! First time EVER hubby has been on board and helpful! I’m so extremely THANKFUL!

  12. I have always frozen bits and pieces (like browned ground beef or chicken). This year we were blessed to get an upright freezer and I have been doubling my casserole and crockpot recipes and freezing the second portion for future use. LOVING IT!

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