More Once a Month Cooking…

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Do you remember my recent posts about once a month freezer cooking?  It is a system in which you cook enough meals in one day to feed your family a whole month of entrees.  Well, I still haven’t planned out my Big Cooking Day.  I am trying to schedule in the time to have my cook-a-thon.  Cooking this way takes a chunk of time initially, but it more than makes up for it in time savings and ease later.  I already know the benefits, so I simply must get going on it again.

I have been browsing around over at Once A Month Mom and kind of day dreaming.  Once a Month Mom offers fully planned, customizable freezer menu plans — new each month.  They do pretty much all the planning work for you.  You just have to decide how many people you will feed.  The really cool thing is that they offer multiple different kinds of freezer menu plans each month.  They even have a Whole Foods plan (squeal!) a Gluten-Free plan, and other special diet plans.  So I’m over there drooling, when one of the blogs I follow publishes a post about Once a Month Mom.  What timing!!

100 Days of Real Food actually tried the Whole Foods meal plan out (They had never done a freezer cooking session before.  They survived.  Told You.)  They give all the details and the story of their experience here.  Just wanted you to know.  I’m going back over to Once a Month Mom now to finish my day dream.  Do you suppose they will come up with a membership plan that actually does the cooking for you?  ‘Cuz if they do, I am all over it.

Do you freezer cook?  Do you subscribe to a meal planner?  If you do, we would love to hear about it.  Leave a comment and tell us about it!

Have a Great Day!

Angela


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  1. A quick question – if you have limited freezer space, and don't necessarily want to spend the $300-$500 for a new one, is there a 2-week, or even 1-week version you recommend? Do you still save enormous amounts of time? Thanks in advance for the answer!

  2. Absolutely. The books I mentioned a few posts ago have both full month and 2 week plans. Also, Once a Month Mom has a "mini" plan. (BTW, they offer a lot of free plans from 2011 and earlier. I haven't tested any of them yet.)

    Another option that will save time, money and space is to simply make 3 or 4 of any freezable meal you make. Serve one and freeze the others. You don't end up stocking a full freezer as quickly, but if you keep doing it, it won't be long until you have a good stock.

    There are a lot of people who use freezer cooking but don't have a lot of freezer space. The sources I have mentioned in these posts all have some good ideas on how to handle things when you don't have a lot of room. One thing that keeps coming up is using freezer bags (they don't take up as much room as a pan.) Freeze the food flat and then stack them. When you are ready to serve, thaw and put in your pan. Obviously, that won't work for everything (like lasagna, for instance. Yuck.) But it works beautifully for things like marinated chicken breasts or soups.

    I personally feel that anything I can do to limit the amount of fast food my family eats is bound to be good for both our budget and our bodies. No matter what option I use, it is still going to save me time and money in the long run. I just make it work for us and our current schedule and needs. Sometimes I cook for the month, sometimes for 2 weeks, sometimes I just quadruple a meal. It all helps.

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