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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.

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 – THE LAZY COOKING ALTERNATIVE TO MEAL PLANNING

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

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 do-able. I know because I do it!

In fact, my once a month cooking post is still one off 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

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 needed. Meals 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!

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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?

16 thoughts on “Freezer Cooking – Alternative Method of Meal Planning”

  1. My best friend and I will sometimes choose a few meals and buy enough ingredients for two freezer meals. We get together and put them together and then swap. It makes it a little more fun and tolerable! :) Thanks for sharing at the Home Matters Linky Party! We hope to see you next week!

  2. I do both – I meal plan for the week, but also try to do a batch cook on the weekend, so one or two of my meals in the meal plan are freezer meals…

    I’m also in a Mamabake group, so we all get together once a month and do a big cook up, then share our meals out so we all get something different. It’s awesome :)

    1. You’ve got all angles covered. Love it! I’ve got to start doing shared cook ups. Talked about it with mum. It’s a start lol these days I’m somewhere in the middle of meal planning & freezer cooking too. Less rigid :)

  3. Oh, I have attempted meal planning many times, but it never goes to plan! I had just decided this week my time would be better spent doing a big cook and freezing. Finding this post is perfect, thank you!

    1. So glad to have some tips at the right time for you. It really is so much easier & frees up your time heaps. Good luck with your cook up.

  4. Lauren @ Create Bake Make

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

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

  5. 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)!

    1. 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.

  6. Sonia Life Love Hiccups

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

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

  7. Kaylene @ The Links Site

    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!

    1. 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 :)

  8. bel @ Mums Take Five

    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

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