A couple of months ago, I asked on the Springs Bargains Facebook page if any of you did freezer cooking and if it was really worth it. I got varied responses: everything from “Yes, it will change your life!” to “All I think about when I hear freezer cooking is yucky casseroles.”
I’ve done freezer cooking here and there, but other than a few pregnancies where I was particularly motivated, I’ve never made a concentrated effort to cook for the freezer. Recently, however, I realized that the draw of freezer cooking is not just being able to pull a meal out of the freezer whenever I didn’t have time, or didn’t feel like, cooking. It’s also that the dishes are already mostly done when I pull a meal from the freezer, which ends up saving even more time than just the time it takes to cook.
Initially, I considered setting aside one day per month to cook for the freezer, but decided I was kidding myself. It’s not realistic for me to set aside time to go get groceries for dozens of meals and then spend all day cooking and cleaning up. But, I’ve realized I can either prepare double portions of a meal at once and freeze half of it, or simultaneously cook a meal for the freezer while I fix supper.
Here’s some of the freezer cooking I’ve done recently…