Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Freezer Cooking Frenzy!

I've decided to take the plunge into freezer cooking. I've always wanted to try it, but never found a book that had enough recipes in it that my family liked. Actually, once, a long, long time ago, I did try out a set of chicken recipes, but I think most of them were so terrible, that I ended up throwing it all out (after I let it freezer burn for a while.)

  So, I went through my recipe stash and online cooking sites this week and I found a lot of recipes that I knew we would like and that would also freeze well.

I started with The Pioneer Woman's suggested list of recipes that she used on a Food Network show. From that, I added some of my tried and true recipes, plus one from Emeril Lagasse.

I thought it might be fun to have some company while I'm suffering away in the kitchen, so I'm going to be posting all the info and links to recipes here over the next week or so.

  First, I'm going to list all the things I'm going to make and the grocery list.

Second, I'll be watching for sales on the non-perishable items and buy those first.

Then, I'll set up the actual cooking schedule. I plan to be so organized that I'll wonder why I never did this before. My hope is that I won't collapse at the end of the day and vow never to cook again.

I suppose I should clean out my deep freeze before I fill it up again. I'll probably put some boxes in it to put the pans in so they will sit flat while they freeze.

  Last, I'll set the two-day time when my calendar is wide open (LOL), then shop on the day before for all of the perishable items like meat, veggies, and dairy.

I plan to recruit my daughter to help with the cooking and assembly and my son to take pictures of all the beautiful food.

Being able to just pull dinner, and some breakfasts, lunches and snacks, out of the freezer will be a wonderful way to save time while I'm going to school online, homeschooling my daughter, working part-time, and most importantly, blogging!

Blogging is such a great way to keep me motivated and accountable. I'm open to all suggestions from the more experience freezer cooking wonders out there. I'm also glad to answer any questions if anyone wants to join me.


  1. Hi Shawn! I didn't know you had this blog too! I recently found a great site for freezer cooking ideas as well as other frugal kitchen ideas called http://goodcheapeats.com. There is a whole freezer cooking section (which is something I'm really trying to be better at). I'll be excited to see what all you come up with.

  2. Hey Melisa. Thanks for the website. I'll check it out. I hope I'm not biting off more than I can chew, but if I'm going to spend a weekend in the kitchen, I want to come away with at least a months worth of meals. I'm sure it will last 6 weeks of more for us, because we do occasionally eat out, plus sometimes we just eat sandwiches or cereal. You know what I mean?

  3. I love freezer cooking! I can never find a big block of time to do it, so when I cook meals daily, I just make extra and freeze that to take out for leftovers later on. Hubby and I work together at our own biz, so often those leftovers become lunch too :) I'm excited to see what freezer cooking adventures you have :)

  4. Stephanie, I hear a lot of people say that they just double their dinner recipe and freeze one, but I guess I'm just an all or nothing kind of gal. It's a terrible way to live. I've never learned to just a do a little at a time. I've have to knock myself out with the big projects. I'm also a procrastinator.:( But, at least I'm a planner and list maker.:)

    1. Oops, I replied under my other blog account. I just can't get the hang of this!

    2. Okay, wow, I finally found myself. Anyway, I'll get the hang of it soon.