Freezer Cooking: Where To Start?

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. I […]

Freezer Cooking Days: What Have You Cooked Up Lately?

I mentioned on Friday that Instant Oatmeal Packets are a must have around here. My little people love this mixture of oats, dried milk, and brown sugar. This round when I made them, I put them in these cute decorated snack bags that my mom had brought. In a kid’s eyes, that totally livened up […]

Summer Meal Themes & Freezer Cooking

I spent yesterday cooking up a storm and stashing things in the freezer. I’m making sure that every recipe is just right for The Cookbook. But, I still need a meal plan. I’m pleasantly surprised at how well my new meal themes for summer are coordinating with my freezer cooking foods. That’s what I call […]

Buying a Freezer (Reader Q&A)

Erin wrote with the following questions about buying a freezer, I’m just getting started with freezer cooking. I would like input on buying a freezer. What size? (We have 4 kids and may or may not have more. Chest or upright? Can I put it in my non-attached garage (in Colorado)? Any proven favorites for brands? Any […]

7 Tips for a Successful Day of Freezer Cooking (A Guest Post)

A guest post from Kate Snyder: I’m a recent convert to the wonders of freezer cooking.  In the months before my second kid was born, I did some “over-cooking” – making a double recipe and stowing the extra in the freezer.  Being able to eat out of the freezer in the first weeks (months!) of adjusting to having […]

A Cookbook Update, Must-Do Make Aheads, & June Freezer Cooking Days

We’re getting into the homestretch right now with The Cookbook. I turn in my manuscript at the end of this month. What a wild ride it has been! In case you didn’t know, this is a real bookstore book. Like one that you can go buy at Barnes and Noble or Borders. It was so […]

Soups for the Freezer (& Share Your Freezer Cooking Results)

Years ago I remember reading that you shouldn’t spend time freezing soups. The rationale was that soups are mostly water, easy to prepare, and would take up valuable freezer space. And for many years, I believed the lie. But, this past winter, I’ve come to realize the true potential in bulk cooking several kinds of […]

Pre-Frozen Chicken Breasts in Freezer Cooking? (Q&A)

A reader wrote in with a freezer cooking question: Q. I got a couple of bags of prefrozen chicken cheap. How can I implement them into my freezer cooking easily? I’m hesitant to marinate them and refreeze them because I think that the meat will go bad. But many casseroles with cooked chicken require a lot of prep […]