Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Freezer Meals - Part One - Why?

I have been casually doing freezer cooking since I first got married. I LOVE being able to grab something out of the freezer and quickly cook it on busy days or days I just don't feel like cooking. Freezer cooking is also a way to be able to save money and share with others.

This is the first part of a 5-part series on Freezer Cooking and how it can work for you. I hope you enjoy!

WHY should you do freezer cooking?

Saves time – I call this preparing things when you have time to save time when you don’t have time. Pull a meal out of the freezer to thaw in the morning, pop it in a dish, make some sides and you are done with dinner. There are even some great meals that you can prepare, freeze, thaw overnight and throw in your crockpot. Quick, easy, and delicious.

Saves money – prevents the temptation for grabbing fast food or frozen dinners from the store. Allows you to portion meals appropriate for your family for minimal waste. One of the best ways to save money on your grocery budget is to buy as much as you can/will use at the lowest possible price. You can buy food in bulk at the lowest possible price and prepare meals from it and freeze them for later.

Allows you to share meals with others without notice or extra work (i.e. extra shopping trips for an ingredient) on your part. Wouldn’t you love to bring a home cooked meal to a friend who had a particularly hard day without dirtying any dishes in your house?

It is healthy - You know exactly what is going into your meals. You will eat less convenience food because you will already have home cooked meals in your freezer!

It can help in any life situation - Single, Newlywed, or Empty Nester? Make meals portioned just for you or the two of you! Taking care of an elderly family member? Fill their freezer with freezer meals! Hate to cook? Cook for one full day and fill your freezer with meals for the month!

This is just the beginning...come back next week to find out some of the methods for freezer cooking. It can work for you!

1 comment:

Nena said...

Awesome idea, Michelle! Can't wait to read the rest :)

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