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freezer fantasy plans

February 24th, 2012 at 10:06 am

The new chest freezer was just delivered. Time to set my "one day I will be organized and will use the chest freezer to store ingredients for cooking delicious home-cooked meals bought at deep discounts" fantasy. Yeah, That's it, seriously.

The second part of that fantasy was using the fridge/freezer in my kitchen to store premade, ready to heat up frozen meals, hence reducing our dependence on restaurant meals and take out. I am probably living a pipe dream, but it can't hurt to try.

3 Responses to “freezer fantasy plans”

  1. LuckyRobin Says:

    The biggest helper I have found in using my freezer is to keep an inventory of what is in there. I make a spreadsheet and then tape it to the freezer so I can mark off or add to it as I take things out or put things in. If you do it from the start it should become second nature and you'll always know what you have on hand.

  2. ceejay74 Says:

    Keep a pen and sheet of labels handy and date things you put in there; if it's something in a generic baggie or storage container, also write what it is. Those things help me (when I remember to do it).

    Good luck! If you can get husband involved somewhat (and, when they're old enough, the kids) it can help immensely. My family has gotten pretty good about making a menu and shopping list together on Friday nights and doing an organized shopping spree Saturday.

    If you're going to try for deep discounts, you may need to do it the other way somewhat; see what you buy, what you have, and what you need to use up and make the menu based on that. Sometimes if we're trying to save money on a weekly shop, we'll do an inventory and try to make meals that only require a few more ingredients to make.

  3. rob62521 Says:

    You have good goals, just take it a step at a time. Make a casserole and double the ingredients and freeze one, otherwise you might become discouraged if you try to fill that freezer all at once.

    The ideas posted above about keeping track are great ideas and very worthy of the time it takes.

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