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Freezer Cooking Days: A Workout to Be Thankful For Later
Posted By Jessica Fisher On May 6, 2012 @ 9:57 pm In Freezer Cooking | 21 Comments
Do you have any tasks on your to-d0 list that are hard to be motivated for, but you’re glad you did it when you’re done? Like exercising? Cleaning the house? Freezer cooking?
As much as a I love cooking, even freezer cooking, this month’s freezer cooking session was hard to get motivated for. I am apt to bite off more than I can chew, and this time was no different. But, I had to do it.
You see, this past weekend I ventured to the other side of the country on a very rare, but exciting blogging/homeschooling trip. Not only did I get to hang out with bloggers I love (Tsh , Mandi , Heidi , and Stephanie ), but I also got to meet the woman partly responsible for my homeschooling lifestyle, one of my homeschooling heroes, Susan Wise Bauer .
Thanks to the great folks at Peace Hill Press , my lovely husband, and some frequent flyer miles, I was able to leave for four days and enjoy a lot of learning and talking and learning some more. This week now that I’m exhausted and a little bit behind on things, freezer cooking will help me catch up! My week’s meals  are all made, so I won’t have to cook!
More, of course, on the trip later this month.
As I mentioned already, when I set forth on this adventure, my list was a little ambitious. (You knew that about me, right?) The weather (gloomy), the grocery stores (missing things), and a few in-house squabbles (those kids ;)) were all working against me for a time, so I had to push through at a number of points.
I also had to shave my plan a little when I ran into snafus, but I pulled it off. In six hours, I got a lot accomplished. In the midst of it, I had to remind myself that it would be worth it in the long run. And it was or it will be.
Here’s what I did last week before I left town:
Included in my cookbook  are some great planning pages to help you plot a plan for your cooking session. I photocopied those on which to jot down notes and figure out a grocery list as well as a cooking plan.
I chose meals that I know my kids like and that would be easy for anyone to reheat. I also included a fair number of things to grill. My original plan looked something like this:
I decided that despite the sales I was not going to traipse around to a lot of stores, especially prior to a big trip. Before my cooking day, I had already made stops at two stores, so I made do with what was available at Costco and Vons.
That meant that I had to switch my plan a little bit mainstream. I bought pork strips instead of chuck roast due to pricing at Vons. I omitted the tenderloin from the plan altogether since Costco didn’t have any.
You can see the details of my shopping and how the costs broke down over here .
I did a double batch of granola the night before my big cooking session, and got a chicken  and beans  cooking in the morning. I didn’t actually start my big cooking until the afternoon — after I took a nap!
Once I did start, I just kept pushing. Yes, there were interruptions: kids fought or needed something, the dishwasher repair man came, and you name it. But, I knew that I was committed once I had purchased the groceries. My refrigerator was bursting at the seams. Since I like to see bare shelves in my fridge, that was the motivation I needed to push through.
When I’ve got cold stuff that needs to be used, my heart can’t rest until it is ready for the freezer.
Cooking went something like this:
Yes, my kitchen was a wreck, but I had at least 20 meals accounted for! Whoohoo!
Since I did some major dejunking a few months ago, I had fewer cooking pots and utensils than I have used in the past. This turned out to be a blessing in disguise. While I certainly had to stop and wash dishes more often, I didn’t have the massive accumulation of dishes that I have in previous cooking sessions.
Regardless of the mess, as a Facebook reader pointed out , “One day of hard work, and a huge mess for several days of easy meals…..” Yes, my sentiments exactly. While our nights won’t be completely dish-free, we should be free of dirty pots and pans for the most part.
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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 how the costs broke down over here: http://goodcheapeats.com/2012/05/grocery-geek-a-new-month-a-full-freezer/
 chicken: http://goodcheapeats.com/2012/01/how-to-cook-a-chicken-in-the-slow-cooker/
 beans: http://www.goodcheapeats.com/2009/04/homemade-pintos.html
 burritos: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/07/freezer-cooking-lunches-and-frozen-burritos.html
 Lawnmower Tacos: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/06/freezer-cooking-with-ground-beef-and-turkey.html
 Queso Fundido: http://goodcheapeats.com/2010/07/queso-fundido-and-whats-on-your-plate/
 Double Chocolate Toffee Cookie: http://goodcheapeats.com/2010/09/double-chocolate-toffee-cookies/
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 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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