Below you will find brief answers to some of the most common questions I get. If you have more questions, please leave a comment. I’d love to help out if I can!
Does freezer cooking save money?
For my family it definitely does save us money. Here is a breakdown of what we saved in 2013 and why I believe it does save money.
Do I have to go buy another freezer in order to do freezer cooking?
No. There are ways to freeze and store meals so that they don’t take up much space. Of course, I highly recommend buying a deep freezer, but you can definitely still freeze probably a couple week’s worth of meals with just a regular freezer.
Is it healthy or is it all just casseroles?
It depends on what you and your family like to eat. My husband doesn’t like casseroles so I don’t make a lot of them (bummer for me because I LOVE how easy they are). It is all about finding recipes you like that freeze well. Here is a list of freezer-friendly recipes that I love to make. I’m constantly adding to it so please check back for more.
What if I’m not a super organized person?
The thing about freezer cooking is it’s highly adaptable. There is no one way to do it. You can plan a LOT (like I tend to do) or just enough to double the meal you’re making for dinner so you can freeze the leftovers. If you’re looking for help with the process, here is a step-by-step breakdown of how to go about it. Just follow along and give it a try. Freezer cooking can be as simple as you make it. Start small and see if you get hooked!
Do I have to be a good cook?
No. You just have to be able to follow directions. I don’t do a lot of “creating” in my kitchen. I like having a guide (with pictures so I know what the end is supposed to look like!) a following it to a T.
What if I forget to thaw out a meal?
It’s actually really easy to forget to thaw out a meal the night before. If you forget–and I forget all the time–you can still have dinner that night. Most things are stored in freezer zip-loc bags. If it’s in a bag, you can place the bag in warm water to speed up the thawing process. If it’s something like lasagna or enchiladas, just leave it in the oven a bit longer than you would if it was thawed and use a spatula to cut through the middle a few times so that heat can get to the middle.
What freezes well and what doesn’t?
Great question. Look for the answer in an upcoming post. 🙂
Do you need to set aside an entire day to do freezer cooking?
Not at all! I’ve done it all different ways, with the most recent “method” being spread out over a two week period, and it worked out great. You can read about that experience and the different ways to do freezer cooking here.
Can I try it out and see if I like it?
Absolutely. I know it can be really intimidating and overwhelming to jump all in at once. You can definitely start out small and try it out with a few simple meals. Shopping list included!
What else do you need to do besides thaw out a frozen meal?
It depends on the meal. If it’s a casserole, I might make a salad to go with it. If it’s spaghetti, I might steam some broccoli and make garlic bread. If it’s chicken teriyaki in the crock pot, I will make rice. So most of the time, you do need to do a little bit of prep to complete your meal, but it’s usually something that doesn’t take a lot of time since your main course is done.
Do you have any other questions? I’d love to hear from you!