Everyone seems to have a reason as to why they don't freezer cook. I am here to tell you the Top 3 Reasons Why You Should Freezer Cook. I have been freezer cooking since my eldest was a baby. And, I can assure you that freezer cooking wasn't something I started doing because I felt the need to spend a whole day in the kitchen cooking for the whole month, nor was it because I thought it was going to be so much fun. I started because I wanted to alleviate the stress I felt everyday when the time came to make dinner.
Let me explain a bit further, it would never fail, I would go to prepare dinner and the baby would start fussing, or I didn't take anything out to thaw, or someone would stop by, or we would be out and hungry, so instead of coming home to cook, we would end up eating out. The list of reasons is limitless and I bet you can add to it.
Then, I learned about Freezer Cooking. Oh happy day! A friend of mine and I would get together every couple months and cook... all day! But, by the time we were done we had several weeks worth of meals prepared and ready for us to serve to our families and that made it worth all the hard work. Plus, looking back over that time, we really had fun.
I still freezer cook, but I no longer dedicate a whole day to cooking. I do it in a couple hours or on a night that I cook, I will double or even triple a recipe so I can freeze a meal or two. Now when I freezer cook it is to make life easier, the girls are older and they need to be taken to their various activities. Leaving less time at home for cooking. And, I am sure if your children are at an age where they are involved in activities, you can relate to the limited time you get to spend at home.
Anytime I talk about freezer cooking, most people look at me like I am crazy and give their best reason as to why freezer cooking just isn't for them. I am here to tell you, regardless of your reason, it is for you. Unless you have loads of money and loads of time, it really is something you can benefit from.
Who does Freezer Cooking most benefit?
Freezer cooking is for the families who stay busy. It is also for the families who have small children, when every moment can be unpredictable. There is also a benefit to couples to freezer cook. And, freezer cooking can even benefit those who now find themselves living alone. So, if you are asking if you can benefit from freezer cooking the answer is without a doubt, YES!
Since I first started freezer cooking the recipes have evolved so much. The recipes are not all casseroles. Take a look on Pinterest at some of the freezer cooking recipes, you will be amazed at what you can freeze.
Here are the Top 3 Reasons you Should be Freezer Cooking:
1. SAVES TIME
You probably find this hard to believe since it also takes time to prepare everything, but it really does save time. It saves time not only in the meal preparation, but also in clean up. The night you eat your meal, all you have to do is take the meal out of the freezer and either put in directly in the oven, or let it thaw before you put it in the oven. Then clean up, all you are having to wash are your plates and whatever container you used to heat up your meal in. Who wouldn't love to not spend the whole evening in the kitchen, whether it is cooking or cleaning up.
2. SAVES MONEY
Let's admit it, when you don't have a plan for dinner, it is just easier to go pick up a pizza or run through the drive-thru. Well, even on the nights you don't have a plan, if you have some freezer meals already prepared, you can run home and cook one of your meals. That is one way it saves you money. It also saves you money because you will typically be buying some of your items in bulk, making your items cheaper. Plus, when you have already bought everything you need for cooking your meals, you are making far less trips to the store, avoiding the things you pick up that you don't really need.
3. TAKES THE GUESS WORK OUT OF WHAT'S FOR DINNER
When you freezer cook, you always have a meal in the freezer. So, if you have time that evening to cook, cook. If you don't, you can grab something out of the freezer. If you know that every Thursday you have to be somewhere and you can't cook that night, then you plan to make sure you have a freezer meal in your freezer that you can take out and heat up or cook every Thursday during the day. When I do a menu for the week, not only do I look at the calendar to check our weekly activities, but I also check to see what meals I have in the freezer that I am able to put on the menu.
So freezer cooking saves time, money, and your sanity! Really, what could be better than that. I do hope you will consider freezer cooking as an alternative for the nights that dinner just isn't going to happen. It isn't something you have to rely on every night of the week. You can take a meal out on the nights you have music lessons with your child or a night you know you won't be home until late from work. It is much healthier than running through the drive-thru and so much more cost effective. Are you seeing the benefits yet?
>Is Freezer cooking something you already do? If so, I would love to hear what benefits you have noticed. Or, maybe you haven't started freezer cooking yet, but are wanting to start and have questions, I would be happy to answer them. Let me hear from you.