Freezer Meal Cooking: Part 1, How to Plan your Freezer Meal Cooking Day
Freezer Meal Cooking: Part one
I wanted to start by saying that I am honestly passionate about freezer meal cooking. I know that is cheesy, but it helps me stay sane, save money, have a healthy(ish) dinner every night, despite the chaos and mayhem that are a natural part of raising 4 kids.
I get a lot of questions about freezer meals and freezer meal cooking, and I am endeavoring to answer them in this series. A lot of this is common sense stuff, but I am going to share it anyway. I am no expert, but I have been making freezer meals for a few years now, and streamlining my process. I hope these hints and tips can be helpful to you.
- I start by figuring out how many days in the month there are. This is my base line. For the sake of an example, let’s say I am cooking for 3 months. I start with 91 days.
- Then I subtract out at least one day for each week because we will likely eat out for date night or family night out. I subtract 12, giving me 79.
- Then I subtract about another day per week because we will likely eat leftovers at least once, or sandwiches, or salads, etc. That is another 12 subtracted, giving me 67.
- At this point I look to see if there is anything else that might mean we won’t need a meal that night, or it will be a fresh made, rather than freezer option. This is stuff like birthday dinners with family, award banquets for school or sport functions, days we will be on vacation or out of town, etc. You get the idea. For the sake of this example, let’s say I come up with 7.