After deciding that I would do freezer cooking, I looked on the Internet for books and websites with information that would help me out. I came across 30 Day Gourmet Freezer Cooking. The idea is that you spend about 1-2 days a month planning, shopping, preparing, and freezing about 30 days of meals. Then, throughout the month, you pull meals out of the freezer and eat them. This is great for people who are very busy and want home-cooked foods, but have more time to cook on a weekend than every evening.
To be more specific about the process, you choose about 6 recipes that your family really likes. Then, you plan to make about 3 or more of each recipe.
You write down the ingredients you need for each recipe in a table, and then multiply the amounts of each ingredient across the table, such as 1 cup, 2 cups, 3 cups, 4 cups, etc. This way, you can look down the table under “3 x the recipe” that normally requires 1 cup of cheese and see that you need 3 cups of cheese for a tripled recipe. If you decide to make 6 times the recipe, your table would tell you to have 6 cups of cheese ready.
Use the charts to prepare a shopping list, taking into account the items that you already have on hand. When I first did this, I basically cleaned out quite a bit of my home food storage. It did make less of a grocery bill, which was nice.
After shopping for the ingredients that you need, you spend a day cooking and freezing everything. If your family only requires half a casserole, then you can freeze each casserole in two freezer bags. If you require single portions for lunches, then you can freeze them in smaller freezer bags. When you stack everything flat in your freezer, you’ll be surprised how much fits in there.