You have to admit that they are handy...so what's a gal to do?
Make your own! (I got this great idea from my boss, a fellow frugalite :)!)
Roll your cookie dough into a log, wrap with plastic wrap and place in a freezer bag.
If you prefer the break and bake variety, make individual balls of cookie dough, place on a cookie sheet, place in the freezer until frozen, then put all the frozen cookie dough balls into a freezer bag. Take out only as many as you need when you are ready to cook them! (freezing them first on a cookie sheet makes it so they don't stick together in the freezer bag :)).
Thaw the dough then slice (for a log) or place (for dough balls) on a cookie sheet and bake according to your recipe.
I am not sharing this information not specifically about cookie dough - although I love cookies! I am sharing it because using your creativity, you can find many convenience foods that you can make yourself and conveniently warm up and eat later (thus saving you money in the process).
Some ideas of this:
- That same boss also makes a huge batch of burritos, wraps individually, and freezes. Her boys take them to school in their lunches!
- Make a huge batch of soup, freeze in individual containers. It is just as simple to pull soup out of the freezer and warm it up as it is to open a can and warm it up - and *BONUS* you know what is going into the soup!
- I looovvee the convenience of Minute Rice, but it is so expensive compared to good old bagged rice. I have found that rice freezes very well. Make a large batch, and freeze into meal sized portions. Thaw then add to soups, casseroles, or eat with butter and salt.
- Chicken broth - this is easy to make with chicken bones, boil the heck out of it, then remove all the yucky stuff. Freeze the broth in ice cube trays then move to a freezer bag. Freeze in cups or however you will use it.
These are just a few of many ideas to make your own convenience foods, so how about you? Do you have any great ideas for home made convenience foods?