Freezer Cooking Myths – Debunked
Finish this statement: I don’t freezer cook because________________.
Recently, I posted this question on my Facebook feed and was completely thrown at how freezer cooking has gotten a really bad rep.
If I were going to be truthful with you, I also, once upon a time, believed the bad press about freezer cooking. It wasn’t until I tried it a few times, that I fully understood how beneficial it would be to me and to my family.
In looking over the answers from my Facebook poll, I came to the conclusion that there are 5 main myths about freezer cooking that are categorically untrue and need to be debunked.
Myth #1: It takes too much time.
Myth #2: It is too much food for one person.
Myth #3: The food options are too calorie laden for our family.
Myth #4: I don’t have enough space.
Myth #5: I don’t have the ability to do it every month.
Today I would like to speak into each of these concerns or myths about freezer cooking and hopefully help you see how beneficial it can be for you and your family.
Let’s get on to the business of debunking shall we?
Myth #1: It takes too much time. While it is true that tackling a whole month’s worth of meals in one sitting can be time consuming, there are ways to stock your freezer without spending hours upon hours. Initially when I was first starting out, I took the approach of Make One/Freeze One. While cooking dinner and the ingredients were already out, I would just make 2 of whatever I was cooking that night. This allowed me to stock my freezer little by little. Gradually that grew into taking an hour here or an hour there and preparing for the week. There isn’t a rule that demands you stand in the kitchen for 8 hours at a time in order to be effective at freezer cooking so you can put that one out of your mind. A little at a time can still make a big impact.
Myth #2: It is too much food for one person. This past week, I invited my sister over to do some freezer cooking with me. Lee is a busy, single lady who, while she doesn’t hate cooking, doesn’t especially love it either. She likes meals that are fresh, easy, and won’t produce a whole lot of waste. One of her biggest gripes for cooking for one is that after eating the same thing for a few days in a row, you get tired of it, and end up throwing away a lot of food. For our freezer meal choices, we chose ones that she could split in half easily. As we prepared the meals she was able to get duplicates of all that we made, giving her lots of food options to last her for the next few months. She was so excited to be able to fill up her freezer and to know that the most she needs to think about food for the next few months is to decide which meal she wants to make for dinner and to remember to take it out of the freezer. There won’t be any waste because her meals are perfectly portioned.
Myth #3: The food options are too calorie laden. Earlier, I admitted that this was one of the myth’s that I ardently believed. I thought if I did this that the only food options I had would be meals that were full of cream of something soups, cheese, or pasta. While we do occasionally splurge on those types of meals, the vast majority of meal kits that I make consist of pure proteins and veggies. The internet is chock full of healthy eating freezer options. If anything, by preparing your food ahead of time, it keeps you from making bad food choices due to a lack of time to prepare.
Myth #4: I don’t have enough space. I have heard this particular argument in terms of kitchen size and in reference to freezer size. Let’s speak to freezer size first. Even if you only have enough room for the freezer that comes with your refrigerator, you can still prepare meals ahead and freeze them. You can fit about 20-30 meal kits in a refrigerator freezer. The trick is to use freezer bags and to store them flat. Now that we have that settled we can talk kitchen size. It comes down to this, if you can fix dinner on any given night in your kitchen you have enough room to prepare a few extra meals for your freezer.
Now to the last myth.
Myth #5: I don’t have the ability to do it each month. There are no rules or even a need to do a big cook each month. Invest the time once a quarter and save the meal kits for the days when life is pure madness. Start small. Invest what you can, when you can, and you will see the payoff.
There is absolutely no better feeling then getting to the “what’s for dinner hour” and having options without the stress. We all can benefit by freeing up mental space and not having to worry over what you are going to feed yourself or your family.
Freezer cooking can save not only time but also money. It only cost me $169.00, to bank a month’s worth of meals, for my last big cook. That is a huge savings for our family of 5! Pre planning keeps us out of the drive thru and from phoning in a take-out order.
I really hope that debunking these myths has inspired you to head to the kitchen and store something away for another day. To really help you get started freezer cooking, we have been working on an ebook that will give you 5 freezer recipes that you can put together in under an hour. You won’t want to miss that. Keep your eyes peeled, it is coming soon.