Having a stash of make ahead freezer meals for those busy nights when your tempted to grab take out can be a real time and money saver, but how do you get started?
There are four different types of freezer cooking, once a month cooking, once a week cooking, batch cooking and session cooking.
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Another method of stocking your freezer with a variety of meals and not spending all day or your whole paycheck is to organize meal swaps.
No matter what type of freezer cooking you try, always test that your family likes the recipe first.
Nothing is worse than wasting your time and money only to end up with a freezer full of stuff your family won’t eat.
Each make ahead meal method has its benefits and some will fit more easily into your busy schedule than others.
Once a month cooking, OAMC, means taking a weekend to prepare meals ahead once a month.
This generally includes prepared uncooked dinner meals only.
Most once a month cooks do not prepare 30 different meals but make 3-5 family portions of each meal.
This is the most misunderstood type of freezer cooking because people think they only have to spend one day a month, not a whole week end, preparing food and are disappointed to find they still have to cook dinner each night since the meals are not precooked.
Once a week cooking, OAWC, means taking one day or afternoon during the weekend and preparing dinner for the weekdays, it might be cooked ahead but not always.
This method is more budget and time friendly to get started than once a month cooking.
Batch cooking is double, tripling or quadrupling a recipe that you’re already making.
With this method, you get one for dinner and more for the freezer without the hassle of extra ingredients to prepare, extra shopping or much extra planning.
This is the easiest way to get stocked up on make ahead freezer meals.
Session cooking is making a collection of recipes with the same main ingredient, one type of meat, or vegetable, that is in season or on sale.
This is the most budget friendly way to stock up on make ahead freezer meals.
Meal Swaps are groups of friends who all cook batches of favorite meals and swap them with each other to save on time and effort while adding more variety to their freezer.
This method is hard to set up as you find families similar in size and taste with your own but rewarding later.
Choose the type of freezer cooking that most easily fits your lifestyle, they’ll all get you a bunch of make ahead freezer meals stocked up.