Loving the idea of going to your freezer and taking out a home cooked meal? It’s OK. We homemakers get excited about stuff like that. I know I get a warm feeling all over when all I have to do is put something in the oven. (And my son loves it too, it gives us time for a board game before dinner.)
But who has time for that? Haven’t we established that the attraction to freezer cooking, along with saving a lot of money, is that is saves us time in the evening? If I don’t have time to cook dinner, how can I find time to cook lots of dinners?
I had the same question. And here’s the answer. It doesn’t take extra time to freezer cook. Even though you may need one larger chunk of time than you would normally spend getting one dinner on the table, you will be producing more food “per hour” than you do when you cook a single meal. When you compare that to the time you’ll be saving each night, you’ll see a dramatic reduction in time spent cooking!
- Remember, you’ll be doing like tasks (browning ground beef, etc.) all at once, doing the set up and clean up only once instead of every time you do that particular task.
- When you cook for the freezer, you’re cooking in bulk. That means in the amount of time you would have spent to bake one batch of biscuits for one dinner, you can make several batches. So you’re actually spending LESS time cooking!
Just as important to me as the amount of time I save is the freedom to cook when it’s good for me. When you cook for the freezer, you cook when you have time. You choose the times of the week when you can get in the kitchen and get cookin’! Then, later in the week, when you’ve got a busy day, you can still put a great, home cooked meal on the table (usually quite quickly!).
If you’ve read about making all of your meals for a month on one big cooking day (plus one big shopping day) I can see how you might be overwhelmed. I tried that once. About 13 years ago. Never again. I know there are many who love to do that, and if you want to give it a try, more power to ya. But I want you to know that there are many other ways to get a freezer full of home cooked food.
Come back tomorrow and we’ll talk about different methods of freezer cooking and how to choose the one (or two or three) that work best for you, your budget, and your schedule.
Have you already started freezer cooking? If so, tell us in the comments what your method is and what your favorite things are to cook for the freezer.