The numbers don’t lie. Freezer Cooking saves money and provides you with homemade convenience foods. Learn how you can make the most of your dollar with frozen assets.
Freezer cooking has been a way to save me time and energy for over 20 years. Not only do I spend less time in the kitchen each night, but I also don’t have to think too hard to find something for dinner. Usually. (That’s my disclaimer because there are plenty of nights when I’ve forgotten to thaw anything and then I have to get very creative.)
Way back in 1997, I had no idea that a simple practice would reap such benefits: I’ve been able to get dinner on the table in minutes on nights I’ve been too tired to cook; I’ve been able to send homemade meals to work with my husband and save big bucks avoiding fast food. Even as recently as last week, I’ve been able to take a meal to friends who’d experienced a hardship — on the spur of the moment.
Freezer cooking has made me feel like a super hero in so many ways.
How Freezer Cooking Saves Money
There is a whole host of good reasons to give freezer cooking a try. One of the most tangible reasons is that the practice of freezer cooking saves money. Here’s how:
You can buy in bulk.
Some families, like ours, can quickly go through a bulk pack of chicken breasts or a 5 pound bag of grated cheese, items that can often be a terrific bargain. But smaller families may have a harder time using up bulk packages.
With freezer cooking, you can easily use that bulk package and reap the cost savings. Just read pricing carefully as not all bulk packages are the better deal.
You can avoid processed foods.
While processed foods are often inexpensive to buy with coupons and sales, their regular prices are actually quite high. And they aren’t always the best tasting or the healthiest.
By putting a few hours of work into cooking and freezing foods prepared from scratch, you can avoid processed foods.
You’ll have the added benefit of knowing exactly how your food was prepared so you can rest easy, knowing that you’re feeing your family the best meal possible.
You can avoid allergens.
Due to cross contamination in factories, the list continues to grow shorter which foods my daughter who’s allergic to nuts can enjoy. In fact, a whole host of breads and commercially packed foods are completely off limits to her — in most cases, it’s the affordable items that are off limits, leaving us the option of the more expensive, specialty items.
When I make freezer meals, I’m ensuring my daughter’s safety at the same time as protecting our budget.
You can limit your takeout.
I love to have someone else do the cooking just as much as the next person. But, too much takeout eventually makes us sick – to the stomach or the pocketbook.
Keeping a stash of freezer meals on hand helps me avoid the drive thru and save money.
You go grocery shopping less often.
Since I do big shopping trips to do big cooking, I go grocery shopping less frequently. Staying out of the store helps me avoid those impulsive purchases that we don’t really need.
Freezer Cooking Saves Money!
Freezer cooking is one way that I can keep our grocery budget lean and trim. It takes a little effort and planning, but the money savings is well worth it.
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Originally published August 5, 2010. Updated October 7, 2017.