|Posted by SuperMomSurveys on September 23, 2012 at 12:35 PM|
I've recently come across a blog that suggests you "feed your freezer", and I have to say that I have been truly inspired!
I'm about to be 36 weeks along in my pregnancy, and have been thinking about doubling meals to freeze half, prepping veggies and other staples for nightly meals, making mixes in a jar for baking...things like that. Nesting has, to say the least, been rearing it's head since about September 1st. All I can think is that next month, I am having another baby. This will be our first boy! Yay! Talk about a change-up!...Going from 3 toddler girls to a boy! Anyway, even though I have been gathering things and getting blankets and toys and other baby stuffs separated, put up and washed pretty much since we found out I was having another baby, I can't help but freak out every other day or so.
After having each of the 3 babies before this one, I have always done the same thing...coordinate cleaning and cooking with when the pain pills will be kicking in. It's always hard and most definitely exhausting...doing all of the household stuff AND taking care of the new baby! It seems like no matter how many times you go through it, (or how close together the pregnancies are...my kids are 5, 4 in Dec., and 2 on Oct. 4th), you still have a hard time adjusting your time to include a new baby, letting your body heal and all of the housework that you have become so used to doing on your already very busy schedule.
That's where "feeding my freezer", (a.k.a. bulk cooking), comes in for me. I figure every little bit helps when it comes to lightening my load of responsibilities after a new baby...not to mention every other day of the year. I couldn't shake the idea of having breakfast, lunch and dinner ready to go at any time. I'm in love with the simplicity of the whole thing! I mean, can you imagine?! Just look in the freezer and pull out dinner...already made dinner...ready to be heated up and devoured! I love it! Do you realize how much time I will be saving?! Too much to put this "feeding your freezer" thing off any longer!
So, as I said at the beginning of the post, I came across a blog the other day that truly inspired me to get started on this asap. I ended up clicking on her related articles and links in her posts and it just kind of snowballed. I ended up with a wonderful list of cookbooks to give me plenty of variety for recipes that are freezer friendly, some awesome breakfast recipes, and some great tips!
I thought I'd share my trail of pages and blog posts with you guys, so that maybe it can inspire you to do some bulk cooking too. Who couldn't use a freezer full of enough already-prepared dinners and other meals...enough to last about 2-3 months!?! Whether you are a working parent or a stay-at-home parent, ready to heat and eat meals can save a LOT of time.
So here goes...
The first post I came across was from 247moms.com. It's called 46 Feed the Freezer Meals in 4 Hours. She gives some great tips that answered a few questions I had about bulk cooking and storing the meals efficiently.
From there, I went to the link in her post, which led to a post titled Freezer Meals on the Cheap. I actually printed this one out. She offers a detailed account of cooking the 46 meals in 4 hours, along with pictures and recipes thrown in here and there.
Now, back to 247moms.com...I continued to click through her related articles and came across the next post that I printed out. It's called Feed Your Freezer With 4 Breakfast Meals. It's awesome and allows for some variety with the 4 recipes. In this post, you will find the recipes for 2 of the recipes and links to the other 2...You can go here for the Breakfast Burritos recipe or here for the French Toast Sticks.
She also has a post that contains links to some common and super useful cooking printables:
- Freezer Inventory List
- Freezer Cooking Prep Worksheet – Pink
- Weekly Meal Planner
- Monthly Menu Planner – Pink
Lastly, as far as the cookbooks...You can go here to see her list of 7 Cookbooks to Get You Feeding the Freezer. I, personally, have put every one of these in my Amazon Wishlist already.
So there you go...This little reading adventure last week has inspired me like you wouldn't believe! I hope it can do the same for you. It just seems so simple to do now...and so incredibly time-saving!
I can't wait to get started!
Do you do bulk cooking? Let me know! Leave me some comments! Do you have tips or tricks? How long have you been doing this method of cooking? How many meals do you make and how long does it take to get it all done?