Freezer cooking is one of my favorite things. Pair it with my Instant Pot and you’ve got yourself one happy momma. I grew up freezer cooking and didn’t realize that things like freezing leftover ingredients and doubling meals weren’t just what you did.
Quick and dirty tips for getting started with freezer cooking
There are a lot of different kinds of freezer meals out there, but the easiest ones are the the “dump” recipes. How they’re made… well.. you measure out the ingredients and dump them into a container (usually a freezer-safe Ziploc bag) and then cooked later in the crock pot, oven or pressure cooker.
Best freezer cookbooks
I have a few freezer cookbooks I love and used to reference every cooking day or menu planning session. Now that I have Cozi, I use it for keeping the same recipes, but I would still buy the books all over again. Sometimes when I need new recipe ideas I know will be tasty, I pull them off the shelf and use them.
- Don’t Panic Dinner’s in the Freezer
- Don’t Panic, More Dinner’s in the Freezer
Best methods of cooking freezer meals
- The slow cooker is good for food that needs to simmer for a long time and let food cook for hours while you’re out running errands or you’ll be very busy. (We eat a lot of slow cooker meals when I am writing courses or having writing days.) Cheaper cuts of meat can be really tender cooked low and slow, as the saying goes.
- The pressure cooker is the best when you need something quick and easy. It’s also perfect for cooking days where you want to cook a lot of food quickly.
How I plan a freezer cooking day and weekly menu plans
I rarely use cookbooks anymore because I use Cozi’s online menu planning service that comes with their free calendar, but tons of the recipes I have saved in there are from these books!
This is what my “menu box” looks like on Cozi.
It has a lot of really great recipes, and it makes menu planning so simple. Plus it’s free. If you’ve been following the blog for a while, you know how much I love a good free service! You can try the Cozi Family Organizer today. Did I mention it’s FREE?!
Okay, so anyway… I use their drag-and-drop interface to make my menu plans every pay period. I use my standard shopping routine and my recipes I want to use that week, drag the recipes onto the weekly meal plan space and it’s done!
Freezer cooking is such a huge asset to busy moms who have a lot going on, and anyone trying to follow a diet that requires special meals or prep. Ian joked after we got married that he didn’t know if I knew how to cook the “normal” way without freezer cooking.
I was working 80 hours a week when I first started my design business (long before I figured out how to make money on Pinterest) and barely had time to sleep, much less cook healthy food. Freezer cooking was the only way I could manage to make real food for our family that wasn’t just convenience food