Sunday, January 18, 2015

Freezer Cooking: Things I've learned

Happy weekend! I felt like a total adult this weekend when I got super excited about purchasing my mini freezer. I have limited space so it's only a 3.6 cu ft but for Jake and I, it's huge! I can fit a lot of stuff in there. I had been debating back and fourth wether to get one or not and decided to bite the bullet push through the anxiety (I seriously HATE spending money) and go ahead and get one. 

My reasoning? I had been going back and fourth between freezer cooking and meal planning - well meal planning just was not working out. I ended up wasting more food because by the time I got home from work, as much as I love cooking I really was not in the mood to cook. So I'd end up with wasted food, and had to spend money on takeout. 

(Don't mind my disorganized freezer!)

Buuuut, I had been doing some freezer cooking for lunch and breakfasts and made a pot pie or two and that has been working out beautifully. It's so nice to come home pick something out, pop it in the oven and not have to worry about spending the time in the kitchen after a long day at work.

So I decided that for me, freezer cooking rather  than meal planning is the best way for me to go. I've only been doing it a short time but here are a few things I've learned.

1. Do what works for you

2. When making anything double it. Eat one. Freeze one. That way you can build I your stock gradually.

3. Walk through the freezer section at the grocery store, if they can freeze it you can too. Usually for cheaper & you get more.

4. Don't stress about making everything in a day. Pick a couple things. Your stock will build up eventually. 

5. If it's only 2 of you, try to freeze in individual portions. That way each of you can just pick what you want to eat. 

I've got some great ideas for meals & snacks to stock my new freezer with so I'm sure I will be posting some of those ideas here. 

1 comment:

  1. What great tips!! I never would have thought to freezer cook over meal planning!! Gear idea!!


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