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Q&A: What’s Your Approach to Freezer Cooking?

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I am overly organized when it comes to planning out my freezer cooking days because it keeps me on budget and helps ensure that I will use up the food I already have in my pantry.

What is your approach to freezer cooking? There are 3 very common approaches people use for freezer cooking days-double/tripling meals, once a month cooking, or freezer meal group. There is no right or wrong way, it’s just whatever works best for you.

Double/Triple Meals:

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It’s great place to start. This is a great way to get your feet wet if you are new to freezer cooking. You can try it out and see how you like it without committing to eating a whole month worth of meals.

This method doesn’t require much time. It only takes a few extra minutes to double a meal for the freezer. If you are really short on time try doubling 3 meals a week. After awhile you will have a nice stash of meals in the freezer.

Buying in bulk can really save you money. This is especially true for the small family who has a hard time finishing a whole casserole or pot of soup. Enjoy it for dinner and freeze the rest for a later date.

Once a Month Cooking:

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When I talk about oamc, I find that a lot of people assume that I spend a whole day in my kitchen sweating over the stove making 30 different meals. You don’t have to spend a full day in the kitchen. You would be surprised at how much you can accomplish in just a few hours in the kitchen. I’m usually done in 2-3hours.

Freezer Groups:

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Cook Together with Friends – To form a cooking group you just need to find some friends to cook with. Set up a budget, divide up shopping list/costs, divide up prep work, and get together and cook. I used to cook with my mother in law and we had fun! It cut down on time and gave us time chat.

Meal Swap – Form a group with six friends. You would make six of one meal, and they would do the same. When done you set up a time to meet up and come home with 6 different meals in your freezer. The nice thing about this method is that you only have to make one type of meal. Save plenty of time and money. And don’t forget gives girlfriends more time to be together.

What approach do you take when freezer cooking? Do you multiply meals, cook alone, or are you a part of a freezer meal swap? I would love to hear what you do!