This is the 2nd of a 5-part series on Freezer Cooking. Read part 1 here.
This week I will share some of the methods for freezer cooking. The reality is that there is not one perfect method for freezer cooking. It all depends on your life and your preferences. Don't get overwhelmed! Do what works best for you.
Here are some of the options:
Cook for one day solid and fill up your freezer for the entire month. This usually entails selecting 10-12 recipes and make doubles or triples.
Join (or start) a freezer cooking group where everyone is assigned one or more recipes. The person assigned brings the ingredients to make those dishes, then everyone gets together to prepare the dishes then trades. Everyone pays an equal share based on the number of servings per family.
Join (or start) a freezer cooking group where everyone is assigned a few recipes and brings the prepared/packaged recipes to exchange with others in the group. In other words, they do the cooking at home and bring the packaged labeled meals and everyone exchanges. Again, everyone pays an equal share based on the number of servings per family.
The casual freezer cooker or mini sessions. This is how I do it. When I have time I make several of one item and throw it in the freezer. If I am making a casserole, I make two or three and put one in the freezer. If I find a great sale, I buy a lot and cook like crazy.
Watch the sales on meat – then buy a lot of it and make several meals with that type of meat.
Precook your meat - I love to buy a family pack of ground beef, chicken, Italian sausage, pork or beef roast (shred and freeze) and cook all of it then portion it into freezer bags in the amount I would use for a meal. Check here and here for some ideas on how to use your precooked meat.
There is no right or wrong way to do freezer cooking, just do it!
Come back next week to learn about how to package your freezer meals on a budget.