Cooking for the Freezer
by Deborah Taylor-Hough
Making Fresh Freezer Meals
Freezing Food Staples
The following are some frequently asked money-related questions about cooking ahead for the freezer:
Q) I don't have much extra money but I would like to have a separate freezer. Any suggestions?
A) Ask friends, relatives and neighbors to keep an eye out for people moving out of state or updating their kitchen. I've known several people who've found perfectly good freezers for free just by making a few phone calls. Check the newspaper classified ads under appliances and check the garage sale listings for any selling appliances. Check local garage sales, yard sales, appliance repair stores. Try auctions of dented whitegoods.
Q) If I do a complete 30 meal cooking session, will it cost a lot for the initial investment in a full month's worth of food?
A) It depends on how elaborate your meals and how much you cook from scratch. Convenience foods are much more expensive (and less healthy) than their home-made counterparts. It might cost a bit more the first time, but because you'll be purchasing some items in bulk, the cost could actually be quite a bit less than you'd expect. If coming up with the initial investment for a complete month of meals is difficult, start out with twice-a-month cooking.
For further information
- Email Discussion: email@example.com
- Discussion Archives: groups.yahoo.com/group/frozen-assets
- Book: Frozen Assets: How to cook for a day and eat for a month
Deborah Taylor-Hough is the author of the bestselling Frozen Assets: Cook for a Day, Eat for a Month and A Simple Choice: a practical guide for saving your time, money and sanity. She also edits the Simple Times email newsletter. To subscribe, visit Debi online at thesimplemom.wordpress.com
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