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Freezer Cookbooks

Updated on February 13, 2015

Cook a Bunch Now, Eat Great Later with Freezer Cookbook Planning and Preparation

I'll be honest, I used to really dislike cookbooks. Heck, I didn't even like cooking all that much. I don't know what exactly changed that, but I find myself enjoying cookbooks and even buying them to use in our kitchen on a regular basis.

My husband does most of the cooking (thank goodness) and having the cookbooks and even a few magazines on hand helps him come up with new ideas and provides reference for when he wants tried and true recipes to work with. It has also helped us save time and money in the kitchen by being able to plan ahead.

Which brings us to today's topic of freezer cooking - the ultimate time and money saver.

image credit; 30 Day Gourmet's BIG Book of Freezer Cooking

I suppose we've always done this to some degree - make a double batch of this or that and freeze the second batch to have on a busy weeknight. Then one day hopping around Pinterest I realized that there was this whole movement of people who do freezer cooking once a week or even once a month so they can do all their shopping and prep on one day and eat great all month long.

I was fascinated and intrigued by their organizational skills and the idea of saving all this time and money with freezer cooking, so I started subscribing to blogs, watching videos, and picking up freezer cooking cookbooks.

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Have You Tried Freezer Cooking? - share your thoughts and experiences....

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      aquarian_insight 5 years ago

      I am an ME sufferer and it is very important for me to eat well, but there was a time in my life when I wasn't always well enough to cook, so when health allowed I would prepare my food and freeze it, so I am a huge fan of freezer cooking! I must say, marinated meats come out even better when they have been frozen.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I've not tried anything to this extent. However, I make both homemade chili and homemade spaghetti sauce in a 21 quart soup pot. Then freeze them in one quart cottage cheese containers. Does that count?

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      Loretta 5 years ago from United States

      @lkamom: That's what I like the best, we don't buy very much already prepared anymore.

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      Loretta 5 years ago from United States

      @Babbages: I always *try* to plan for extra, but it usually magically disappears from the kitchen into teenager's tummies.

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      Loretta 5 years ago from United States

      @techmom: Having extra food on hand is always a good idea when expecting new little ones in the house, there are bound to be days where everyone is tired and no one wants to cook.

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      Heather McGlaughlin 5 years ago from Marryland

      This is a great idea especially for very busy people. Cooking and freezing you also have control over the ingredients and salt unlike when you buy prepared freezer meals.

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      techmom 5 years ago

      It does save time. I've done big batches before, especially when I got close to my due date. It worked out pretty well.

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      Loretta 5 years ago from United States

      @Nancy Hardin: I can only imagine how much of a time saver that is on a nurse's busy schedule!

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 5 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I do like to make a huge pot of homemade soup, and freeze half of it for another day when time is short. I know a gal who makes her week's meals over the weekend and freezes them, in individual trays. Then when she comes home from work (she's a nurse) she can just pop one in the microwave and dinner is ready! Great ideas!

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      Linda Hoxie 5 years ago from Idaho

      Great lens, Happy Valentines Day! :)

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      AshleysCorner 5 years ago

      Love the recipe book selection. Can't wait to try them!

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      Babbages 5 years ago

      We always make a big batch of stuff like Chilli, Soups or Stews and freeze them, means we always have great home cooked food to hand when time is short.