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3 Ways Freezer Cooking Can Save You Money + $50 Scott Towels Giveaway!

by Tara Kuczykowski on October 15, 2014 · 90 comments



I've touted the time-saving benefits of freezer cooking many times. It's a great way to simplify the age-old "What's for dinner???" question on busy weeknights. Sometimes referred to as "once a month cooking," freezer cooking will also help you save money, as well.

Saving Money with Freezer Cooking

Save by buying in bulk.
While shopping at warehouse clubs isn't an issue for my larger-than-average family, those of you with fewer or younger children might find that the huge packages you take home from a Sam's Club or Costco are simply too much to use up before the item spoils. Planning a large freezer cooking session will allow you to use up these large packages in one fell swoop, allowing you to enjoy that savings that buying in bulk provides.

Save by grocery shopping less.
I don't know about you, but even when I go to the grocery store with a list, I often end up coming home with items that weren't on the list -- especially when shopping at superstores like Walmart or Target. When you have a month's worth of ready-made meals waiting in your freezer, you may only need to pick up milk and some fresh produce each week. Shopping less frequently helps you to avoid the temptation to grab unnecessary items altogether.

Save by limiting eating out.
It's just a no brainer that cooking at home is going to save money over ordering takeout or eating out on any given night. My family enjoys eating out together, and sometimes it's a necessity when we're traveling for sports, but balancing those splurges with eating at home as often as possible the rest of the time helps us stay within our budget.

How To Freeze Cookie Dough



I know freezer cooking might seem a little overwhelming to some of you, and that's okay. You know how they say there's more than one way to skin a cat? Well, there's more than one way to do freezer cooking. Maybe you're ambitious and want to do a weekend spree to cook for an entire month -- good for you! If you have less time, try a smaller 4-5 hour session.

Or if you're really pinched for time (and this is my favorite method), simply double whatever you're preparing for dinner on a given night. Finish one batch for dinner, and pop the other into the freezer for later.

And who says freezer cooking has to be limited to dinners? I love to make a double batch of cookie dough and freeze half to bake a few here and there. You can find instructions on how to freezer cookie dough on Unsophisticook.

Some other recipes that I often prepare for my freezer are:

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If you're thinking about trying freezer cooking yourself, I wholeheartedly endorse the following resources. They'll guide you through the process step by step, from creating a meal plan, shopping and prepping, to tips for keeping your meals as fresh as possible!

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1 Heather Howard October 16, 2014 at 6:50 pm

Casseroles and Stews

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2 Carla Coe October 16, 2014 at 7:11 pm

I like to blend fresh strawberries,blueberries and pinapple in the blender then freeze in Ziploc individual baggies and take out and blend to a slushy as disired.

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3 Kristy October 16, 2014 at 7:14 pm

Tortilla soup freezes well and my family loves it!

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4 Eva Mailand October 16, 2014 at 7:24 pm

Chicken Gumbo, just reheat and make new batches of rice every time, no one can ever tell its been frozen. YUM, YUM

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5 Cindy Demaree October 16, 2014 at 7:34 pm

Stuffed Shells

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6 Debbie October 16, 2014 at 7:53 pm

Chili and chocolate chip cookie dough rolled in logs.

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7 Katy P October 16, 2014 at 8:38 pm

I like to make lasagne

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8 Janice October 17, 2014 at 5:47 am

I like to keep lasagna as well! I also like to freeze bananas to put in different smoothie recipes.

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9 Cori Westphal October 17, 2014 at 7:37 pm

It's not necessarily a meal, but I keep chopped carrots and peas from our garden in baggies of 1 and 2 cups. They are perfect for soups and stir fries and whatever else. It's a lot of work at the time, but it saves a ton in the long run!

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10 ELIZABETH MARRERO October 17, 2014 at 8:49 pm

GREAT TIPS,LOVE THIS PAPER TOWEL TOO,STEWS,BEANS,COOKED MEAT,RICE,CASSEROLES,EMPANADAS,PANCAKES ECT FREEZE GOOD TTOO

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11 Noreen October 18, 2014 at 11:27 pm

When I cook ground beef with chopped onion I freeze half, perfect for a quick spaghetti, soup or stew

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12 Valerie L October 19, 2014 at 12:11 am

chicken broth

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13 Angie October 19, 2014 at 9:58 am

I make a nice lasagna that I like to divide up and freeze

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14 Carmen N October 19, 2014 at 6:55 pm

Lasagna is a great freezer meal

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Lasagna is perfect for freezing. We have a homemade recipe we follow and we make a bunch at one time to freeze.

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