Freezer Cooking Questions and Answers

by Katie on November 18, 2011

Little did I know, when I ordered Don’t Panic – Dinner’s in the Freezer
several years ago, just how much I would grow to love freezer cooking.  It saves time, money, energy, and it is just awesome to have meals in the freezer waiting for you!

But if you are new to freezer cooking you may be feeling more overwhelmed than anything right now.  There are just so many questions, right?

Well, I’ve compiled a list of the most common questions I get…along with my answers!

Is freezer cooking expensive?

While anything can be expensive if you let it, it doesn’t have to be.  I find that I actually save quite a bit of money by freezer cooking!

I purchase my freezer cooking supplies from my $40 weekly budget (I get $80 bi-weekly).  I may use $60 to purchase freezer cooking supplies,  knowing that I can eat on the remaining $20 the following week.

You will be spending more money up front, but you will also have meals in the freezer to eat in the future.  Consequently, you will be saving money in future weeks.

Do you eat casseroles every night?

I freeze things like twice baked potatoes, zesty barbecue chicken, refried beans, and french toast every time I freezer cook. It’s surprising how many foods freeze well, you won’t be living on casseroles

Do I have to set aside a FULL day?

No way!  There are many approaches to freezer cooking. Just about every person I have talked to has their own approach!

I change it up just about each time I freezer cook.  Sometimes I just double a meal.  Sometimes I spend 4 hours in the kitchen cooking up a storm.  Sometimes I take a week and make one or two things each day for the freezer.  It depends on how much time I have!

Can I freezer cook if I don’t have a large freezer?

A large freezer is nice, but it is not a necessity for freezer cooking. You can package as many things as you can in freezer bags to save space

Do you wait until there is a meat sale every time?

I try to freezer cook in conjunction with sales. I understand that everyone may not have the flexibility to do this, but it saves a lot of money. If I see that boneless chicken breasts are on sale for $1.79, I know that is a stock up price. Instead of enjoying two chicken meals for that low price I may buy enough for 25 meals and store them in the freezer.

The way you are going to save the most money is by taking advantage of the sales!!

I do tend to stick with one meat at a time because of this. It is definitely not something you have to do, I just find it usually works best for me.

Do you eat the same things every night?

Nope. If I make 3 pans of lasagna, 3 pans of enchiladas, and 3 pans of baked spaghetti we don’t eat them all up in 9 nights.  We may have lasagna every two weeks or so…and so on.  Knowing that most meals are good for 2-3 months I can stretch them out instead of consuming them all right away.

How does the food taste?

Freezer cooking…it just sounds weird, doesn’t it?  If you are freezing the right types of things, I can assure you that the food will taste the same.

Do you have any freezer cooking questions? 

If so, leave me a comment or send me an email!

 

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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Misty October 1, 2010 at 7:06 am

This is a GREAT post! I am a HUGE fan of freezer cooking and before I started I dealt with each of those misconceptions, but was quickly proven wrong. Though cooking up a storm 1 day or a couple afternoons when chicken/beef are on sale is work, it is worth it when you have prepared meals in the freezer on busy nights! This has been a HUGE savings when it comes to our eating out.

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Katie October 1, 2010 at 10:42 am

Misty,

I know, many peope just don't do it because they believe stuff like that.

I think it takes trying it to really understand the full benefit of it! Don't you think?

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Mom2fur October 1, 2010 at 11:25 am

I'll tell you something it saves besides money and time…your sanity. Seriously, some nights I totally have NO desire to cook. It is such a blessing to pull something from the freezer, like the meat patties I made last week. Even just having meat browned and ready is a helper!
I also recommend a freezer. They don't have to be expensive. Ours was only $150! The only thing I'd do different is that I'd get one that opens like a fridge rather than my chest freezer. Digging in there can be a pain, LOL!

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Katie October 1, 2010 at 11:32 am

Mom2fur,

Sanity…I totally agree with you. In fact, how did I leave that out!

I have an upright freezer and I love it. It is easy to find everything and keep it organized.

Thanks for your input!

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LivingSoAbundantly October 1, 2010 at 10:01 pm

Freezer cooking absolutely saves time. It's like a freezer section at a grocery store. Two benefits my husband and I have enjoyed: We get to pick what we want to eat that day. I can come home from work, kick up my feet and relax…ahhh! Great post!

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Katie October 2, 2010 at 9:15 am

Living So Abundantly,

I have never thought of it like a freezer section at the grocery…I like that.

You can peruse your freezer and grab whatever you want…with no work involved!

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Jennifer @ Conversion Diary November 23, 2011 at 1:14 am

Wow, these tips are so helpful! I’ve been trying to get into freezer cooking for a while since I have five young children (and therefore not a lot of extra time and money). This post answers a lot of questions I had. Thanks so much for sharing!

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Katie November 29, 2011 at 10:04 pm

Jennifer, I’m so glad that it helped you! I’m sure that with 5 kids freezer cooking would really help you out :)

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