Guest post by Jessica from The Abundant Wife
I have been following Money Saving Mom® for over a year now, and I have long been curious about the concept of Freezer Cooking. As I was creating my meal plan for this week, I looked on Crystal’s website for some Freezer Cooking Recipes. It was then that I realized that her recipes were not all that different from recipes that I already use. This was a new idea to me!
Then I reviewed her instructions for how to begin Freezer Cooking. I had always imagined Crystal gathering with her friends to cook all their meals for the month together. I was surprised to see that Freezer Cooking can be done any time of day, and does not require a team of cooks. Here are the top ten things I learned from Freezer Cooking for the first time:
1. Freezer Cooking can be done using what you already have in your kitchen, with recipes your family already enjoys.
That big pot of soup you made for dinner? Just freeze the leftovers in individual meal sizes, and pop it in the freezer. Voila! Now you’re freezer cooking!
2. Freezer Cooking can be done at any time during the day.
I made my soup for dinner, and prepared Mexican rice (to freeze) at the same time.
3. Freezer Cooking reduces anxiety.
You don’t have to experience stress at 5 p.m., wondering what to make for dinner or if you’ll have time to cook it.
4. Freezer Cooking simplifies meal planning.
When you are making your weekly meal-plan and grocery list, you can count on some meals already in your freezer.
5. Freezer Cooking reduces waste.
You don’t have to worry about food spoiling before you can cook it, or about running out of an ingredient before you can use it.
6. Freezer Cooking and using Supercook.com is a great way to utilize what’s already in your pantry.
You can list your current ingredients in your free Supercook account, and the website will give you hundreds of recipes based on what you already have. Choose one to cook, and then freeze it for later!
7. Freezer Cooking is great if you have children who grow impatient while you’re cooking.
By planning ahead, I can cook during a quieter time of the day. With a meal in the freezer, I can spend less time on food prep and more time with my kids.
8. Freezer Cooking will save you clean-up time all week long.
My husband loves this part. He usually washes the dinner dishes, so Freezer Cooking means less work for him!
9. Freezer Cooking gives you more opportunities to be generous.
Once you have food prepared, it’s easier to offer a meal to someone in need.
10. Freezer Cooking saves money!
You’ll be less likely to buy more expensive convenience foods at the last minute when you have a meal in the freezer ready to go.
I could keep talking all day, but I’ve got to go defrost our dinner.
Jessica’s family of four just moved 2,700 miles from Maryland to California for her husband’s new job. When she’s not freezer cooking, you’ll find her blogging at The Abundant Wife about faith, family, and finances.