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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Freezer Cooking - Part 1

Freezer cooking is also referred to as Once a Month Cooking or OAMC, freezable meals, among other names. But it all means the same thing.

Freezer cooking has become more popular in past couple years for many reasons. First, it is much more nutritious than cooking commercial frozen meals, ordering take out or eating fast food. Second, it is a fast alternative for today's busy parents - between work, after school activities and other household duties, freezer meals are a great alternative.

Most freezer dinners require only a small amount of prep work when you cook them. Some require you to take it out of the freezer in the morning to thaw during the day. Others can simply be taken straight from the freezer to the oven, or they can also be put in the crock pot in the morning and ready for dinner time.

Cooking enough meals for an entire month in one day can be done. It does require some dedication and prep work. If this seems overwhelming to you try doing meals for a week or two for your first try.

There are a lot of families who will spend an entire day making 30 days worth of meals. It requires planning, such as selecting recipes, listing all the ingredients needed then shopping for them and doing any prep work such as chopping or peeling. Then on the day, it will consist of preparing all the meals. I like to make my in multiple of 2 or 3. It is quite simple to make 2 sets of 15 meals. The days is finished by packaging and labeling, freezing and then clean up.

It does take dedication to do this. It is work, but then it makes a lot less work over the rest of the month, which is why so many people do it.

By planning your meals based upon what is on sale at the time you are able to budget a little better, since the bulk of your food is purchased at one time.

Think of the time savings in getting your monthly cooking done all at once rather than going through the entire preparation, cooking and serving of a new meal every single night.


Unknown said...

i would love to do this for health reasons. there are days i cant cook, getting out of bed is a problem sometimes. but, where and how do i start?


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