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Freezer Cooking – Alternative Method of Meal Planning

Meal planning is a fabulous thing. You save time by knowing exactly what you are going to be cooking without that last-minute ‘what’s for dinner?’ freak out. You save time at the grocery store, knowing what you need to buy. And you save cash by buying only what you need with little to no waste. Win!

But meal planning can also be very overwhelming, especially if organising isn’t your strong point. It means planning out your meals at least a week ahead. Sometimes longer. It also means organised grocery shopping so you have all that you need for each meal each day.

Freezer cooking bulk meal prep

That can be tough when you lead a hectic life or simply don’t know what you’re going to want to eat that far in advance. There are ways to make meal planning work for you by being flexible, but sometimes it’s still not for you.

Never fear, there is a fabulous alternative for those of us who are lazy, disorganised, busy or just hate the structure of meal planning. That’s freezer cooking.


Freezer cooking has the same benefits of meal planning. It saves cash and time. In fact, it saves even more time usually.

When using this method, you can cook once and eat twice – or even more! Freezer cooking requires planning. But the task isn’t as tough as it sounds

Instead of planning out your week of meals to cook each day, freezer cooking is all about cooking in advance in big bulk batches, like a month of main meals cooked in a single afternoon. Yep, it’s totally doable. I know because I do it!

In fact, my once a month cooking post is still one of my most popular posts to date. It also includes some of my go-to cooking lazy meals for the freezer!

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Making Freezer Cooking Work For You

Freezer meals

Like meal planning, you work out what you are going to cook and buy what you need. I would recommend you try and make sure they are complimentary meals to maximise your kitchen space during your cook ups, such as those using a variety of methods – slow cooker, stovetop, oven bake.

You also need meals that freeze and defrost well. Some things just don’t recover well from freezing. But meals like casseroles, stir fry, lasagne, meat patties etc are all good options.

Cook up your bulk lot of meals, put them in freezer-safe containers or freezer/sandwich bags, allow them some cooling time then freeze. Then simply defrost in the fridge that morning, or put them straight in the microwave to heat and serve.

No day to day cooking is needed. Meals are planned out in advance to save mega time. No wastage. Plus since they are frozen, if your plans change, it’s no big deal to save a meal for another day. Mega bonus!

You can still use weekly meal planning to decide which freezer meals you will eat when, if you want to take your meal organisation to the next level though!

Embrace your lazy cooking preferences and get more organised fast, by giving yourself more time during the week to get the things done that you need to get done, without relying on bad food choices like takeaway and convenience high salt and high-fat foods from the store. You’ve got this!!

Check out these 70+ easy freezer meal recipes to start loading up your freezer today!

Easy peasy… So tell me, are you a meal planner or a freezer cooker? Or neither?

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bel @ Mums Take Five

Thursday 14th of May 2015

I'm terrible at freezer cooking i end up using it straight away. goes in one day and out the next i can just never build it for those lazy nights. Thanks for sharing with us for The Sunday Brunch Magazine , Bel & Eliza xx


Friday 15th of May 2015

Haha Bel, you need to outcook your demand so there's more than you can eat the next few days ;)

Kaylene @ The Links Site

Wednesday 6th of May 2015

I am a freezer cooker but I tend to make and freeze snacks like muffins, slices, and the like. I'm going to try and freeze more main meals now though!


Wednesday 6th of May 2015

This is something I haven't done as I eat that stuff too quick but I'm planning to make a few such things to freeze & have to offer visitors once our new bub arrives soon :)

Sonia Life Love Hiccups

Sunday 19th of April 2015

OK you have totally inspired me hun - I am going to cook up a HUGE storm this week. HUGE xx


Sunday 19th of April 2015

Yay. Imagine all that extra time you will have at night to do fun stuff instead... Or just relax. You won't regret it ;)

Mrs W

Sunday 19th of April 2015

I have been thinking recently that I need to start doing this - I'm about to head back to work after 12 months on maternity leave and I'm scared that there won't be time for things like cooking during the week! I've always been a big meal planner, so I think I will combine that with freezer cooking for the ultimate in home cooking organisation (I hope)!


Sunday 19th of April 2015

I highly recommend it. It made such a big difference for me returning to work, especially since I'd get home as hubby left for work being a mid-shift worker so solo parenting at night with a baby made it much easier not having to cook every night. I'm about to load our freezer in prep for baby #2 too. Good luck.

Lauren @ Create Bake Make

Saturday 18th of April 2015

I'm a little of both. I meal plan but then include meals that I know are all ready to go in our freezer.


Saturday 18th of April 2015

That's how we typically work here too... Just means more flexibility and no stressing over changes to the plan :)