by Deborah Taylor-Hough
If you know a group of people experienced or interested in freezer-meal cooking, you can arrange for a group meal exchange. This is sometimes referred to as a "freezer potluck."
I'm referring to a method where everyone prepares their meals at their own homes separately and then brings the pre-frozen meals to an "exchange meeting." It would be a bit more difficult logistically for a group cooking day where everyone joins together to cook in the same kitchen. However, I've heard of that option being used by groups cooking in church or community center kitchens.
If there were ten people in your cooking group, everyone would prepare ten (10) family-sized portions of one recipe. Then the group would get together every two weeks or so to exchange their pre-frozen meals. The group of ladies in my town who use this method will frequently meet in the parking lot of a local grocery store. They all park their cars together, open their car's trunk or the back of their van, and then go around to each car and "deal out" their meals. Everyone makes ten of the same recipe ... but then comes home with a variety of ten different meals.
To discover meals that most people in the group would like, ask each group member to list their three family favorite meals, or what they frequently serve to company.
This potluck technique works well for the people I know who've tried it. Each family gets a variety of frozen meals without one person having to do all the cooking alone.
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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