Part of my quest for a simpler life means simple choices. Right now, my simple choice is “figure out what to make for dinner” or “Domino’s” and guess which one wins? This is bad because a) my fat butt doesn’t need more pizza; and b) eating out is expensive!
I need some options that are easy and available…besides pizza…so my sister Cindy and I are doing a freezer cooking afternoon tomorrow. Very excited!!!
However, the devil is in the details and the freezer cooking success is in the planning. Here’s your Less is More Guide to Killing It at Freezer Cooking. Stay tuned for future posts but here is step 1 – the preparation.
#1 – Figure Out What You’re Going To Make
This is not my first freezer cooking attempt and so I have learned a few “do’s and don’ts” on how to do this.
- If you are freezer cooking with others, do send an evite. Let’s get the party atmosphere going from the get-go. Plus it’s fun to send invites to things that aren’t real events.
- Don’t try weird, new recipes with freezer cooking. You won’t pull them from the freezer in a pinch because they will be wildcards and you won’t want to risk it. (Here’s looking at you vegetarian chili with cocoa I made that one time)
- Do make a list of what you’re making and keep it on the fridge. Then you’ll know your options.
- Do label when you made it. You will not remember 3-6 months down the road.
- Do limit it to around five recipes, especially starting out. You may not have the time or freezer space to make the 20 recipes that Pinterest recommended.
#2 – Figure Out What You Need
Make a list of every. single. ingredient in each and every one of your recipes. Is that time consuming? You betcha. Is it less time consuming than realizing halfway through cooking that you don’t have sage and going out to get some? Definitely. I have had many frustrating freezer cooking moments of realizing I forgot to get one stupid thing and it throws off the whole motion of the project.
Make it SUPER detailed – i.e. I am making chicken fajita packages tomorrow and I need 3 chicken breasts, 3 bell peppers and 3 onions per pack.
Then, go through and see what you already have in your fridge / pantry. Don’t forget about storing – where are you putting this? Ziploc bags? Tupperware? Foil pans?
#3 – Find them deals and shop
Get on Flipp and find those deals! Then ditch your kid with your husband and get your shop on!
Stay tuned tomorrow on how it goes but here is what we are going to make: