Have you heard about this new (or at least new to me) modern homemaker’s dream? Freezer cooking.
First of all, what is a modern homemaker? A modern homemaker is a usually a mom. She is a DIY’er (Do It Yourself). She is frugal and wants her dollar to go as far as possible. She usually doesn’t work outside of the home. She usually is strong in her faith. She might be the woman who is always bringing a homemade something to the potluck and it’s usually really good!
Now, what is this thing freezer cooking? That sounds like an oxymoron doesn’t it. Well freezer cooking is when you prepare the food to the point of being ready to cook then you freeze it until it is time for that meal.
I do consider myself a modern homemaker. So I took on the challenge of trying out freezer cooking.
First thing to do is pick your meals. I used this resource and this resource to find recipes. I included our crock pot favorites like Apple Pie Pork Roast.
Then I created a list of all the ingredients I needed for the meals. With freezer cooking the idea is take one day and make A BUNCH of meals. Then you can just pull a bag out of the freezer and toss it in the crock pot and dinner is ready to go. I planned 14 dinners for my first adventure.
After creating the ingredient list I went to the kitchen and crossed off everything that we already had in the pantry. Things like freezer bags, spices and other pantry staples.
Then it was time to hit the store. I would suggest checking out the sales before you plan your meals. This will help your dollar go the furthest. For my 14 dinners and the rest of our grocery needs I spent $250.
After putting the groceries away I then package up our freezer meals. None of the recipes that I used called for anything to be cooked before freezing. All I needed to do was chop up the ingredients and put them in the different bags. Before I put anything in bags I made sure to label the bag with the name of the recipe, the time it cooks, if anything needs to be added, and the sides we are having with it.
Once everything is in the bag simply put it in the freezer. When it comes time to eat pull the bag out of the freezer the night before. The following morning place the ingredients in the crock pot and let cook.
Many of the recipes we tried, we enjoyed. A few were great big misses. That happens trying new dishes though.
Overall I would say that I am glad I took the chance. This will not be our regular way of cooking though. More of my opinion over at The Hickman Five.