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Freezer Cooking Can Help YOU
Posted By Jessica Fisher On September 7, 2012 @ 8:17 pm In Budget Living,Freezer Cooking | 26 Comments
Freezer cooking can help you save time, money, and effort. It’s a little work on the front end, but the results are worth the cost.
I started “freezer cooking” over 15 years ago. Over time it’s proven to be a great method to save money and time.
Not only do I have something ready in the freezer on busy days, but I reap the benefits of bulk shopping and cooking. Making three batches of taco meat doesn’t take that much longer than making one. Buying ten pounds of meat gets me a slightly cheaper price.
I took advantage of the long weekend by filling the freezer. to. the. gills. There’s pretty much no room left. I’m hoping that my work will pay off in quicker meal prep in the coming month. We have something going on almost every day of the week, so I need to have some of the prep work done for me.
Plus, we’re leaving on a short vacation to the Sierras and carting our food with. Freezer meals are on the go.
If you’re tracking with me on Instagram (@jessicagfisher) or on Twitter , chances are you caught a glimpse of my doings. If not, here’s the month’s freezer cooking in pictures.
I told you it was a lot of cooking!
Some details on my cooking spree:
1. I shopped and cooked over two days. For the run-down on groceries, head over to Good Cheap Eats . I ended up spending $551, but some things I already had and some purchases weren’t really for freezer cooking. So, it’s not a super accurate number.
2. I used a lot of recipes from my new cookbook, Not Your Mother’s Make-Ahead and Freeze Cookbook . You can pre-order it from Amazon  or Barnes and Noble  now. The book should ship in late October.
3. My kids pretty much did whatever they wanted while I cooked. That’s typical for the weekend anyway. But, often they came in and helped or chatted with me. We call freezer cooking days “Good Smells Day”; the kitchen draws them to me.
4. Here’s what I made:
Yes, it was a lot of work. But, probably not as much as you would think. I used the bread machine and the slow cooker for many things. And many of these recipes come together very quickly.
Last month, I stretched out my freezer cooking over a week , this time I crammed it into two days. You can do it anyway you like. But, make-ahead and freeze is a super way to save money, eat well, and not go crazy at dinner time.
Check out these past posts for more ideas on fitting freezer cooking into your life:
Tell us in the comments how your cooking session went. Feel free to ask questions if this is something new for you.
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 head over to Good Cheap Eats: http://goodcheapeats.com/?p=6800
 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
 Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/not-your-mothers-make-ahead-and-freeze-cookbook-jessica-fisher/1108942909?ean=9781558327566
 Seasoned Taco Meat: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/04/pinto-beans-taco-meat-and-roasted-garlic-mashed-potatoes.html
 Rice Bowls: http://lifeasmom.com/2012/09/easy-and-versatile-rice-bowls-urs-picky-eaters.html
 Smoothie Station: http://goodcheapeats.com/2012/08/build-a-smoothie-station-make-ahead-and-freeze/
 Pumpkin Bread with Flax: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/09/spiced-pumpkin-bread-other-pumpkin-recipes-ultimate-recipe-swap.html
 Baking mixes: http://goodcheapeats.com/2012/07/breakfast-is-in-the-bag-freezer-friendly-morning-meals/
 Instant Oatmeal Packets: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/03/frugal-friday-making-my-own-instant-oatmeal.html
 Whole Grain Cinnamon Rolls: http://www.goodcheapeats.com/2009/10/whole-grain-cinnamon-rolls.html
 stretched out my freezer cooking over a week: http://lifeasmom.com/2012/08/fill-your-freezer-for-easier-school-days.html
 5 Simple Ways to Fill Your Freezer: http://thehappyhousewife.com/blog/5-simple-ways-to-fill-your-freezer/
 What’s the Deal with Freezer Cooking: http://food.yourway.net/whats-the-deal-with-freezer-cooking/
 5 Ways to Make Freezer Cooking Work for You: http://www.simplebites.net/5-ways-to-make-freezer-cooking-work-for-you/
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