Some time ago I posted an article on what foods are suitable for freezing. You can read that post here.
If you are serious about making lifestyle changes to your eating habits, you will do well to cook a batch of food and freeze it so when you are ready for a meal, you will have healthful dishes and not be tempted to go back to your old way of eating. Make sense?
Today, I want to talk a little about preparing for successful freezer cooking. When you decide to try freezer cooking for the first time it’s important to learn from people who have experienced failure before you. There are some tried and true tips to make sure you have a successful freezer cooking experience that you should follow.
1. Be prepared
It’s important to get prepared for your cooking session if you’re going to cook several freezer meals at once. Even if you are just doubling your nightly meal to “feed the freezer” you want to get everything prepared, make sure you have all the ingredients, the storage containers, and everything set up in an assembly line to make it easier.
2. Get comfortable
This isn’t the time to wear your good clothing or pearls and certainly not uncomfortable shoes. In fact, you probably should wear a good pair of shoes that are meant for standing for long periods of time to make it easier on your feet and back. If you can invest in a comfortable standing mat for your kitchen floor all the better. Have a snack before you start to avoid snacking as you cook.
3. Shop with a list
You definitely do not want to shop for a freezer cooking session without a list. It’s a good idea to plan out everything that you do, and a shopping list is a must for successful freezer cooking. You need to know exactly how much and what to buy so that your recipes turn out perfect each time.
4. Cook what you like
Most families actually rotate the same 8 to 10 dishes, and rarely try anything new. It’s important to understand what you and your family like and work within that parameter to truly be successful with freezer cooking. Try only one or two new things in any given month and you’ll be a lot happier with the outcome.
5. Get organized
Before you start, make sure you begin with a clean kitchen and an organized workspace. Get out the pans and supplies that you need in advance and set them out like you work in a factory so that they’re at the ready. The same goes for measuring cups. It helps if you have several sets of measuring cups so that you don’t have to wash anything while you’re cooking. Stick dirty things in the dishwasher as you go to keep your area neat.
Freezer cooking can help you save time and money and make it easy for you to reach your goal of healthy eating faster. Follow the tips above and you will be on your way to achieving that goal.
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