Do you long to fill your freezer with good food? One easy step you can take is to double recipes and then eat one recipe and freeze one recipe for later. Another option is to plan a Freezer Cooking Party. I’m a huge fan of freezer cooking. In fact, I have a group of seven, eight including me, friends that meets each month to fill our freezer. I was first introduced to the concept of freezer cooking from the Thriving Home Blog.
It has really revolutionized the way I plan our menus each month. Now when I fill out my monthly menu plan, I just add in six slots for freezer cooking. You can watch me plan a month of menus if you’d like. We save so much time and money by following this plan. If you aren’t convinced with the idea, you should check out my reasons why you should plan a freezer cooking party and then…follow these steps to plan your very own Freezer Cooking Party! Don’t delay. Start today. Look, I’m so excited about it, I rhymed. I don’t typically rhyme.
Here are a few things to think through when you plan your first freezer cooking party:
-Decide how many people will be in your club.
We chose 8, but you could really pick any number of people. After shopping for several months, I would suggest an even number of people. It just makes things easier.
-Decide who will select the menu.
Our club has one person that selects the menu and then everyone approves it. Or you could have each person contribute one recipe.
You can follow my Freezer Cooking Party Ideas on Pinterest by clicking here. I’m always pinning new ideas for our Freezer Cooking Club.
-Decide who will buy the groceries.
We have one designated person to buy the groceries, which makes reimbursements so much easier.
-Decide where you will meet.
We have two houses that we meet at, but you could mix things up and go to different houses each month.
-Decide how many meals you will make at each session.
We make six meals each time. That gives us more than a meal per week each month. That’s just what our club decided upon.
-Decide what you will do if someone cannot make the club meeting.
When someone is going to be absent you need to consider this because you will be down a set of hands. This will make a big difference. As a rule of thumb, if we only have one person out, we just cook for that person. But, if we have two or more people out we give their spot to a sub. The sub assumes the financial responsibility and comes to the party to participate.
-Decide how you will take the food home.
Buying disposable pans and Ziploc bags at Costco is economical for everyone in our group, but I understand that some people don’t like using foil pans. That’s fine. A few in our group bring their own glass pans. No worries.
-Ask for food dislikes.
We have one in our group that doesn’t like mushrooms. Someone else doesn’t like fish. We steer clear of these two things or we make accommodations. Simple.
We have a BLAST every month. We talk. We laugh. We cook. And we talk and laugh some more. It’s epic.
I really can’t tell you how much peace planning our menu and filling our freezer brings to our house each month. If the task seems overwhelming for you, my friend, Laura, from Heavenly Homemakers has made it really simple with a plan called Simple Meals. For $1 a week, she will email you a menu plan. ONE DOLLAR a week!!! You really can’t beat that! By subscribing to Simple Meals you will receive FREEBIES as well, such as:
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If you are ready to go with freezer cooking, here are some great ideas to get you started: