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Old 05-05-2009, 05:53 PM
 
Location: Wethersfield, CT
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Has anyone ever cooked ahead and froze meals as an inexpensive alternative to store-bought frozen diet meals?

I'm just curious. I would love to start cooking my own meals and freezing them, but I have no clue where to start.

Are there any good cook books i can start as a guide?
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Old 05-05-2009, 06:34 PM
 
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I wish i could help but i cant =(. I am looking forward to any responses to this post though.
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Old 05-05-2009, 06:46 PM
 
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At least make an EFFORT to help yourself . . Google!
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Old 05-05-2009, 07:59 PM
 
Location: Wicker Park, Chicago
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Uhh... but on sale store bought tv dinner can be so cheap and convenient!
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Old 05-06-2009, 06:22 AM
 
Location: Wethersfield, CT
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At least make an EFFORT to help yourself . . Google!
I have made an effort!

What's wrong with simply asking others if they've done something that works before going out and investing in a cookbook or other information that will not work for me?
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Old 05-06-2009, 06:35 AM
 
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First you need to find out what foods will freeze without a loss of texture or flavor. If you can't find that information on the Internet, then you have to buy some sort of cookbook.

Then, think about what you can do with those foods. Beef stew, spaghetti sauce, various kinds of casseroles, are a great place to start. Get comfortable doing one kind of meal first and then branch out to others. It's usually easier for the cook to just freeze the main meat and then cook the sides separately. For example: Make enough spaghetti sauce for several meals. Then, as you need it, spend 10-15 minutes boiling the pasta. Freeze the sauce in individual containers.
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Old 05-06-2009, 07:03 AM
 
Location: Summerville, SC
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Has anyone ever cooked ahead and froze meals as an inexpensive alternative to store-bought frozen diet meals?

I'm just curious. I would love to start cooking my own meals and freezing them, but I have no clue where to start.

Are there any good cook books i can start as a guide?
Once a Month Cooking - Once a Week Cooking - Freezer Cooking - OAMC

and

Once a Month Cooking World - Home

And for a book: http://www.easydoesitdiet.com/?hop=frugalmom

I prefer to buy food in bulk, then partition it out when I get home, freeze, and cook 3ish days worth of food at a time, and eat leftovers. However, I have heard that the above methods work very well for a lot of people. Might consider it when we are finally in the house and I can stick a freezer in the garage.

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Old 05-06-2009, 07:05 AM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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What do you cook normally? I cook most of my meals with leftovers in mind. Just make a double or triple portion, pop into a freezer container, and voila!
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Old 05-06-2009, 07:46 AM
 
Location: Summerville, SC
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Ohh, I can't believe I forgot to post this one... look for a book called Fix Freeze Feast. Much healthier food than the typical once-a-month stuff.
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Old 05-06-2009, 09:39 AM
 
Location: Wethersfield, CT
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I'm looking for something with healthy food in mind. The Lean Cuisine and Weight Watchers meals have sky-rocketed in price. I figure I figured this is something I can do myself at home.
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