Save Time, Money, and Energy Freezer Cooking

by Katie on November 4, 2011

Save Time, Money, and Energy by Freezer Cooking!

I say it all the time, because it’s so true! Today, I’m going to share with you why I believe it so much!

After all, aren’t we all looking for ways to save time and money?

How Freezer Cooking Saves TIME

Let’s say that you are making lasagna and it takes you 1 hour to prepare the dish for the oven.

How much longer would it take to double it and make 2 pans of lasagna?

Maybe an extra 10 minutes?  You can cook 2 pounds of beef as easily as cooking 1 pound. Doubling the sauce just takes opening a few extra cans.  You can cook double the noodles in the same amount of time.  Assembling 2 pans will only take a few extra minutes.

So, I think it’s fair to say that you could make 2 dinners in only 10 minutes extra.  If you made 4 pans it may take you 1.5 to complete.

If you made 4 pans of lasagna, on different days, at an hour each…it would take you a total of 4 hours!  If you made them all in one day it would take you about 1.5 hours…for a savings of 2.5 hours!

Now, multiply that time savings over the the course of several meals…and it will add up to be A LOT of time and energy saved!

How Freezer Cooking Saves MONEY

You can save money buy buying in bulk, but the way I really save money in freezer cooking is by stocking up on each item at their rock bottom price and waiting for meat sales!

1. Let the meat sales drive your freezer cooking day

It’s no secret that meat is your most expensive item for freezer cooking!

I know what my target price is for meat, and when it hits that target price I know it’s time to stock up and set a freezer cooking day!  In my area a good deal for boneless chicken breasts is anywhere from $1.69-$1.99.  Why pay $3.50 when I can get it for $1.99.  That adds up to be a lot of money!

2. Stock up on items at their rock bottom price
I plan my freezer cooking days around meat sales, BUT it’s important to stock up on everything else when you find a good deal (even if you don’t need it at that moment).

I aim to get as much of my items at their rock bottom price as I can.  As a result, when it comes to planning my cooking day…my grocery list isn’t very long!

Let’s go back to that good old lasagna example for a minute.  If I find a good ground beef sale,  I can pull out most of the makings for the lasagna form my stockpile…

Noodles = free with coupon

Canned tomatoes = $.25

Mozzarella cheese (freezer) = $1

As you can see…having things on hand really saves you!

If you want to build a freezer cooking stockpile, come up with a list of things that your regularly cook with (that last a while) and when you find a good deal…STOCK UP!

How Freezer Cooking Saves You ENERGY

It’s all about synergy when it comes to freezer cooking!

Making 10 meals in one day is less energy than making 10 meals on 10 separate days.

Also, you exert a lot of energy doing the work in the beginning, but then it is DONE!  You can then relax on those days when you have no energy, because you can pull out a freezer meal and dinner is done!

 

 

 

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Sarah November 5, 2011 at 6:51 pm

I am looking forward to starting freezer cooking! It will be great to have meals made, but also great to save money and time. Thanks for sharing.

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Misty November 7, 2011 at 7:22 pm

I agree completely with this post! Freezer cooking has completely changed my life. I look forward to cooking my meals (at a discounted price), I love the fact that I can save money by shopping at my own freezer :) and having home-cooked meals ready on crazy busy nights. It is a win-win for my family. I can’t imagine NOT freezer cooking. Thank you so much for helping me get started in this area and opening my mind to a new area of saving money.

You do an AMAZING job on your blog and I am so appreciative. :)

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