Freezer Cooking Prep Work

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I spent the day in the kitchen doing some massive bulk cooking for the coming weeks. I started out with my prep list, chopping and slicing all the different ingredients that I would need during the day. It was a lot of chopping onions!

The prep list is so helpful in being efficient in your cooking session. You want to maximize your time and not repeat unnecessary actions.

Here are some tips to help make that prep work go smoothly:

  • keep a bowl handy for trash and trimmings so you don’t needlessly walk back and forth to the trash
  • save a measuring spoon that you’re going to reuse over and over again. Wash only if they get wet or if you’re switching between savory and sweet
  • sharpen your knives
  • make sure you have lots of clean kitchen towels
  • empty the trash and recycling as soon as they get full
I ended up having a full day in the kitchen, but it was easier than it might have been because I did my prep work first.

31 Days of Freezer Cooking

For more ideas about how to make freezer cooking work for you, follow along with us here in October as I post 31 Days of Freezer Cooking. You can see past posts here.

For even more Freezer Cooking how-to’s you can also buy my book, Not Your Mother’s Make-Ahead and Freeze Cookbook.

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  1. Sarah P says

    I just wanted to say I got your book a few weeks ago and I love it! It has jump started my meal planning again. I used your breakfast plan 2 and created my own with your other recipes for dinner/lunches. Everything is so easy to make and I’ve only had “taste” of the items but they are wonderful. I really loved the cinnamon rolls!!! I even bought a bread maker:). So I’m all set for November as of today!

    • Jessica says

      Yeah! How great to hear!

  2. Kristi says

    I’ve been using my (your!) cookbook and I’m loving it. My hub has been out of town, so the kids and I eat pretty simply. He will be happily surprised when he comes home and I have so many meals ready to go. Also, I showed your cookbook to my friend and she bought one so we could team freezer cook. I think that should be an Olympic event, don’t you?! : )

    • Jessica says

      @Kristi, it definitely should be! Team cooking is so fun. I was really wishing I had a partner in crime yesterday.


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