Freezer cooking a huge trend right now. Because of the lack of time and the desire to eat healthier many people are resorting to cooking their own meals in advance and freezing them for the future. This trend is great for saving you money and time. I thought it would be fun to share a few tips you should know before freezer cooking.
- You can coupon and freezer cook. – If you are a stockpiling couponer than freezer cooking is for you. You already have most of the supplies for your meals. You will still need to buy your meat, dairy, and produce but you will save a lot on the non-perishables.
- You don’t have to commit a whole day to it. – Many people think of freezer cooking and they think they have to spend an entire day in order to freezer cook. Some of these recipes can be doubled, tripled, or whatever quantity you may need. Instead of cooking one lazagna, cook 2 or 4. Eat one and freeze the rest for another night. Instead of a batch of spaghetti sauce fill up your crock pot and freeze the rest. The point is, you won’t need to invest a lot of time to save a lot of time.
- You will need containers to put it in. – If you are making multiple lazagnas you will either need pans or something you can cook in to store them in. I went to the dollar store and found lazagna pans for a dollar. (I know. Duh.) For my spaghetti sauce I took an idea from my friend Michelle and poured it into freezer bags. I then laid them flat and froze them that way. They take up a lot less space that way. This can also work for soups and many of your meats if you prefer to just cook the meat in advance.
- You don’t have to cook it all! – I actually did the prep work on crock pot meals and bagged those. You can bag up crock pot meals. You can pull it out the night before to thaw. In the morning, toss it in the crock pot. For five minutes of work in the morning and a crock pot you don’t touch you will have a wonderful dinner ready for your family.
- You can do this with kids around. – It could be easier not to but it is very possible to freezer cook with kids around. I find that including them in some of the prep work teaches them great skills and helps me get more done.