Update: One thing I wanted to point out… a lot of people seem to be under the impression that I cook all of my meat ahead of time and then thaw it so I’m losing a lot with the quality of the meat. That is not the case and I’ll go read the rest of the post to see if I led you to believe that anywhere. The only meat I do cook ahead of time, is the shredded chicken, ground beef and taco. Everything else, gets frozen uncooked. I actually mention that this way it gets to marinate while it’s thawing and THEN we put it on the grill to cook.
Update #2: Please notice that this post is from 2011. I don’t often find these prices anymore either!! I can still find good deals, but, yes, meat prices have risen just like everything else! Regardless of the price of your meat, this post is more about the techniques I use to speed up the process both the day of prep and the day we cook. Please take this post for what it is intended – ideas to modify for your particular situation. I don’t expect that everybody who reads this all over the world is able to purchase meat for the same prices. That would be crazy for me to think that and it’s crazy for “you” to leave me comments saying that I shouldn’t have posted this since “your” meat prices are higher. ; ) I did write an updated post with current prices based on a challenge from a reader! You can read all about how my local prices have changed since this was originally written in 2011.
I also made a quick video that might help those of you who learn better that way!
Now on to the freezer meals on the cheap post…
I’ve been doing freezer meals for a couple years now, and admit that like most things in my life, I could stand to be a little more consistent with this! I probably have a “cooking day” about 3 times a year and those meals will tide us over for a couple months.
Have you ever heard the story about the boy who woke up on a gorgeous day and his dad told him he had to go out back and chop firewood. The boy asked why he had to spend a warm, summer day chopping firewood and the dad said it was so he didn’t have to do it on a cold, winter day.
That’s how I feel about freezer meals. It’s all about sucking it up and committing to an afternoon of slaving away in the kitchen, because you know it will make life SO much easier for the next couple months. This way, when you have that warm, summer day when you’re running your kids here and there and life seems so chaotic… dinner is already made and you look like supermom for doing it all and still putting a healthy dinner on the table!