The last three months have convinced me it’s time to try freezer cooking, preparing a stash of frozen meals that just need to be thawed and reheated or cooked. I tend to keep my freezer well stocked with meat and vegetables, but that isn’t quite the same. Basically, right now my freezer is full of recipe ingredients that need to be seasoned, sauced, chopped or cooked. With freezer cooking all of the prep work is done, sometimes right down to the cooking part. So a major grocery shopping trip and a chunk of dedicated prep work = homemade frozen convenience meals.
Freezer cooking certainly isn’t new, but I do think it’s a trend that is picking up followers. Over the last year I have gotten close to a dozen freezer cooking ebooks. A search for freezer cooking on Pinterest will net an ocean of pins, some linking to blogs and websites that are dedicated to freezer cooking. I’ve even seen blog posts and pins about freezer cooking clubs.
While I have always enjoyed cooking, I’ve come to realize how valuable having a few prepared meals on hand in the freezer can be. Between the weather that has made visits to the grocery store often somewhere between difficult to impossible, increased writing commitments and my busy kids that still need a parent taxi . . . it sure will be nice to have some easy meals available for crazy days. I’ll review my favorite freezer cooking cookbooks as I get the chance to try some recipes.
Are you a freezer cooking fan? Do you have any tips or favorite recipes that you would like to share with me?