I love to cook. It does not matter what it is I am cooking at the time – homemade pies, cakes, cookies, soups, casseroles. I just love to cook. I am probably the only person in the world who gets excited when they find a great new way to bread pork chops. My current home even has my dream kitchen in it: an island in the middle of the kitchen with electrical outlets where I can prepare my meals, a new glass top stove with a convection oven, lots and lots of counter space. There is only one problem; in a household with four kids, cooking in my dream kitchen is usually a nightmare.
On a typical night, I am busy listening to my seven-year-old practice her reading, helping my ten-year-old complete her math problems, and doing my best to keep my five-year-old from sneaking in a snack all while I am trying to dice and slice the ingredients for the nights meal.
Lately, I have been finding myself thinking that there has to be a better way to cook than this. I have tried using the slow cooker to prepare my dinner but there are some days when I can’t seem to even find the time to get that together. Then about two weeks ago I received the email that has changed my life. I was invited to attend a demonstration on freezer cooking. That two hour demonstration has completely changed the way I plan and cook my meals.
Freezer cooking, which is also known as once-a-month cooking or investment cooking, is becoming more and more popular with stay-at-home moms. The practice of freezer cooking involves planning out a series of meals for the entire month, taking one day to cook it all in, and freezing it for use later on during the month.
Besides being a time saver for busy moms freezer cooking also saves your family money due to the fact that when you are cooking meals for use over a month’s time you will be buying products in larger amounts than you would typically buy them, and buying in bulk is typically cheaper than buying small amounts. For example instead of buying only one to two pounds of hamburger at $2.99 per pound you may be buying ten to twelve pounds of hamburger at $2.69 per pound, which right there is a savings of $3.
If you want to learn more about freezer cooking you do not have to attend a demonstration like I did. There are a number of great free resources on the internet to help you get started.
Robbyn’s Friendly Freezer Page is a great place to start. The website is designed for those who are new to freezer cooking and features sections on how to prepare for your trip to the grocery store, pre-cooking prep, a glossary of freezer cooking terms, a list of what you can and can not freeze, and some great freezer friendly recipes.
Once a Month Cooking is another great resource for freezer cooking whether you are new to the concept or already practice freezer cooking. This website features step by step guide for freezer cooking, recipes, recipes for freezer cooking on a diet, and even a forum where you can connect with others who are using the freezer cooking method.
Dinners in the Freezer also proves to be a great website when looking for recipes to use with freezer cooking. The website has recipes broken down into several categories that include Breads & Baked Goods to Freeze, Beef Freezer Recipes, Desserts & Sweets Freezer Recipes, and Pasta Freezer Recipes.