Recently, rather on the spur of the moment and motivated by some big sales on various meat, I decided to cook a month's worth of meals for my freezer. It worked out so well that I decided to write a little series devoted to the benefits I've already seen (3 days after the big weekend) and the tips I learned in my first mass cooking extravaganza.
In a nutshell, here are some of the benefits of cooking en masse:
- Customizable Convenience
- Less Stress
- Time Saver (Efficient Prep and Clean-up)
- Money Saver (Bulk Buying and Sales)
- Enjoyment and Hospitality
I'll spend a little more time on these and share some tips in the days to come. I think this method of cooking would be particularly helpful to single people, marrieds with no children, and mothers of small children (who make dinner-time a real hassle even if the food is already prepped!). For those in small 1- to 2- member households, making a casserole and then packaging it into 4 smaller portions will enable you to eat those comfort foods without committing to eating the leftovers every day for a week! For those with small children, this is a great strategy since it will then free you up during cranky dinner time (and your grocery trips are shorter since you're buying fewer items for the day to day operations).
So, what can you freeze? Where do you start? Do you have to commit an entire day to this labor of love? I'll touch on those as I have time, but for now, check out Carrie's former post: Supper's in the Freezer. She includes excellent tips for what to freeze, how long frozen food lasts, meat safety, and more.