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In today's fast-paced society fast food can easily take the place of good home cooking. With the help of one of the most underused appliances in most people's kitchen--the freezer--anyone can make and preserve about two weeks' worth of delicious home-cooked meals in a matter of hours! Jessica Fisher's Not Your Mother's Make-Ahead and Freeze Cookbook provides the key to doin In today's fast-paced society fast food can easily take the place of good home cooking. With the help of one of the most underused appliances in most people's kitchen--the freezer--anyone can make and preserve about two weeks' worth of delicious home-cooked meals in a matter of hours! Jessica Fisher's Not Your Mother's Make-Ahead and Freeze Cookbook provides the key to doing so. Fisher serves up more than 225 recipes for delectable breakfasts, lunches, and dinners with the secret weapon of “batch cooking”, which saves both time and money. This cookbook puts a modern spin on the age-old idea of freezing meals for later, and appeals to today's diverse tastes . You’ll find recipes for not only chicken, beef, and pork, but also fish, shellfish, and vegetarian main courses. Fisher also details how to go about using the freezer to its full potential, giving information on the best freezer bags, how to thaw food safely after it has been frozen, and how to make a week-long 0r two-week-long meal plan for your family.


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In today's fast-paced society fast food can easily take the place of good home cooking. With the help of one of the most underused appliances in most people's kitchen--the freezer--anyone can make and preserve about two weeks' worth of delicious home-cooked meals in a matter of hours! Jessica Fisher's Not Your Mother's Make-Ahead and Freeze Cookbook provides the key to doin In today's fast-paced society fast food can easily take the place of good home cooking. With the help of one of the most underused appliances in most people's kitchen--the freezer--anyone can make and preserve about two weeks' worth of delicious home-cooked meals in a matter of hours! Jessica Fisher's Not Your Mother's Make-Ahead and Freeze Cookbook provides the key to doing so. Fisher serves up more than 225 recipes for delectable breakfasts, lunches, and dinners with the secret weapon of “batch cooking”, which saves both time and money. This cookbook puts a modern spin on the age-old idea of freezing meals for later, and appeals to today's diverse tastes . You’ll find recipes for not only chicken, beef, and pork, but also fish, shellfish, and vegetarian main courses. Fisher also details how to go about using the freezer to its full potential, giving information on the best freezer bags, how to thaw food safely after it has been frozen, and how to make a week-long 0r two-week-long meal plan for your family.

30 review for Not Your Mother's Make-Ahead and Freeze Cookbook Revised and Expanded Edition

  1. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    Freezer cooking has saved my life and fed my family these past few years! I will never go back to the daily grind of trying to figure out what's for dinner at 4pm. I have tried to use a bunch of bulk/freezer cookbooks over the years and none of them have been exceptional. Sure I have gotten a few ideas here and there, but the recipes are sometimes bland or boring. I couldn't wait for Jessica Fisher's Not Your Mother's Make-Ahead and Freeze Cookbook (NYM Series) because I have been visiting her t Freezer cooking has saved my life and fed my family these past few years! I will never go back to the daily grind of trying to figure out what's for dinner at 4pm. I have tried to use a bunch of bulk/freezer cookbooks over the years and none of them have been exceptional. Sure I have gotten a few ideas here and there, but the recipes are sometimes bland or boring. I couldn't wait for Jessica Fisher's Not Your Mother's Make-Ahead and Freeze Cookbook (NYM Series) because I have been visiting her two blogs (Life as Mom and Good Cheap Eats) for awhile now and really like her recipes! So I wasn't surprised that her book is a wealth of great recipes and helpful hits. The beginning of the book gives helpful hints on how to start freezer cooking, what freezes and what doesn't, how to package foods, etc. It is then onto the recipes. Here is a list of some of the ones I have tried and we have loved... Lawnmower Taco (this stuff is AWESOME and EASY) Seasoned Versatile Pinto Beans Slow Cooker Red Sauce Mix and Match Muffins Any of her scone recipes Butterhorn rolls Chocolate butterhorn rolls I am eager to try to following in the next few weeks: Chicken Divan with cheddar crust Spicy Taco Lasagna Pepper Jack and Chile burritos Cheddar Soup with Zucchini, Broccoli, and Carrots Breakfast Smoothies (The Red Banana, The Blue Pineapple)--Gotta love the names! Chocolate Almond Biscotti I will be cooking up a storm in the near future!!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Judith

    I think the last time I actually READ a cookbook was More with Less in 1995, but I devoured all the non-recipe writing in this book in one setting! While much of what Fisher has written may not be new information, it's interesting to consider all the bits of info in the context of freezer cooking, and I definitely had a few "Aha!" moments. Fisher excels at breaking the big task of freezer cooking down and creating very doable checklists. She includes about ten of those (for cooking sessions rang I think the last time I actually READ a cookbook was More with Less in 1995, but I devoured all the non-recipe writing in this book in one setting! While much of what Fisher has written may not be new information, it's interesting to consider all the bits of info in the context of freezer cooking, and I definitely had a few "Aha!" moments. Fisher excels at breaking the big task of freezer cooking down and creating very doable checklists. She includes about ten of those (for cooking sessions ranging from one hour to all day). Each worksheet is based on 5-15 recipes, and none of the worksheets would work for us (due to foods we don't like, etc.). But after reading ten of these plans, I felt confident to make my own plan based on foods and recipes we do like. I appreciate that she does not use prepared foods. Her freezer casserole recipes include tasty homemade sauces (instead of condensed cream of something soups). The cookbook also includes recipes for seasoning mixes, in place of the envelopes you buy at the store. I also like the variety of foods she includes in freezer cooking: meats, meatless, soups, pizza, breakfasts, and breads. Before returning this book to the library (and in order to test whether or not I want to include it on my Christmas wish list), I did a freezer cooking mini-session. The Chicken Divan with Cheddar Crust is excellent! And I have high hopes for the Garlicky Chicken Noodle Bake (which is currently in our freezer). Fisher's blogs provide a good flavor (no pun intended) of her writing & cooking style and the values that keep her going in the kitchen. She even has freezer cooking plans online, but many of the recipes are listed by title only (with a note that the recipe is in her cookbook).

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jada Roche

    Not really good for us, between my list of things I can't eat, and the list of things everyone else just won't eat. And let's face it-most things can be frozen anyway-you don't need a book specific about it. I had been hoping to get some ideas and maybe buy this if I liked it....yet again, glad I just borrowed it from the library. Not really good for us, between my list of things I can't eat, and the list of things everyone else just won't eat. And let's face it-most things can be frozen anyway-you don't need a book specific about it. I had been hoping to get some ideas and maybe buy this if I liked it....yet again, glad I just borrowed it from the library.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Turrean

    Serves as an introduction to bulk cooking. This is a nice strategy for folks who don't have…or don't think they have…the time to spend cooking a really good meal on a daily basis. There was some good advice on food safety and cooling foods preparatory to freezing. I found the recipes a bit repetitious--heavy on certain kinds of recipes, and definitely geared to the large family rather than a single diner or a couple. If you can, stay away from the digital version of this book and go for print. I Serves as an introduction to bulk cooking. This is a nice strategy for folks who don't have…or don't think they have…the time to spend cooking a really good meal on a daily basis. There was some good advice on food safety and cooling foods preparatory to freezing. I found the recipes a bit repetitious--heavy on certain kinds of recipes, and definitely geared to the large family rather than a single diner or a couple. If you can, stay away from the digital version of this book and go for print. I've tried reading it both on my iPad and on my Kindle, and there are weird omissions from the ingredients list. For example, it will say "4 chicken breasts." The next line will just say "6". Six what? Other recipes have no spaces between the number and the ingredient names, resulting in "2carrots" or "1/2onion," as if being texted by a culinary teen. The formatting errors might be related to font choice & size, though I did not sit there and try every possible combination. That's the publisher's responsibility. The directions are straightforward, though if could wish for slightly more guidance than just "thaw in refrigerator." How long does it take to thaw a pan of whatever in the fridge? A day? Two? Really, there is just as much planning involved in taking a meal out of the freezer in time, so that you don't end up buying fast food while you're waiting for your manicotti to thaw. My only other quibble was that in the recipe on poached chicken, she simply says to combine the chicken with water; she doesn't say how much water you need for four chicken breasts. A novice cook might fill that pan right to the top, and end up with soup instead of poached chicken.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Heidi

    I'd tried another once-a-month cooking book, and was less than impressed. I spent an exhausting day cooking a bunch of meals, none of which was very good. I ended up tossing some of it. This book was a lot different. I still spent most of a day cooking, but it wasn't exhausting. She has a bunch of recipes for marinating chicken in a freezer bag, and I tried spicy mustard and tandoori. Prep was super simple and took just a few minutes. Then I made two one-pot dishes, red lentil dal and cheddar veg I'd tried another once-a-month cooking book, and was less than impressed. I spent an exhausting day cooking a bunch of meals, none of which was very good. I ended up tossing some of it. This book was a lot different. I still spent most of a day cooking, but it wasn't exhausting. She has a bunch of recipes for marinating chicken in a freezer bag, and I tried spicy mustard and tandoori. Prep was super simple and took just a few minutes. Then I made two one-pot dishes, red lentil dal and cheddar vegetable soup, all before lunch. Later I made the cover dish, spinach-feta manicotti with lemon, though I used a bottled red sauce instead of the kalamata olive sauce suggested. So far I've really liked everything I've made, and I have a few other recipes bookmarked to make later. It's been really nice this week to make dinner with little prep or cleanup.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ami

    This book is the best cookbook I've read yet about make ahead freezer meals. There was some great advice on making freezer meals if you don't want to spend an entire day cooking and there were many recipes and ideas. Most freezer recipes focus on some sort of marinated chicken, but this one had a wide variety, which was refreshing. All in all, the only thing that kept this from earning five stars was the lack of photographs in the book. This book is the best cookbook I've read yet about make ahead freezer meals. There was some great advice on making freezer meals if you don't want to spend an entire day cooking and there were many recipes and ideas. Most freezer recipes focus on some sort of marinated chicken, but this one had a wide variety, which was refreshing. All in all, the only thing that kept this from earning five stars was the lack of photographs in the book.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Erin Lee

    As the author describes it, this book is "Donna Reed meets Jane Jetson." I really liked that it also included a section on what you can and cannot freeze. I wish I had more freezer space so that I could fully commit to this type of cooking! As the author describes it, this book is "Donna Reed meets Jane Jetson." I really liked that it also included a section on what you can and cannot freeze. I wish I had more freezer space so that I could fully commit to this type of cooking!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Alisa Wilhelm

    This book was what I was looking for in terms of: plans for cooking multiple meals at the same time with the same base, foods that freeze well, and meals that are actually things I want to eat and not disgusting casseroles that should have died in the 80's, and suggestions for side dishes. There are many meal components that are totally homemade and thus preservative free (making cream of celery instead of buying a can). There are also a substantial number of recipes that are naturally gluten fre This book was what I was looking for in terms of: plans for cooking multiple meals at the same time with the same base, foods that freeze well, and meals that are actually things I want to eat and not disgusting casseroles that should have died in the 80's, and suggestions for side dishes. There are many meal components that are totally homemade and thus preservative free (making cream of celery instead of buying a can). There are also a substantial number of recipes that are naturally gluten free (a list is included in the book). Living in Brazil, I still don't get access to the cost saving benefits of buying in bulk or buying meat on sale (meat never goes on sale here), buying pre-shredded cheese, Mexican food (have to make all my own salsas, there are zero green chiles, no soft taco shells, in fact my grocery store doesn't even carry hard shells, I pickle my own jalapeños that I buy at a specialty market), etc etc. All of this adds a considerable amount of prep time. Another complaint I have is that a lot of the recipes ask that you grill the meat. Sorry, no grills in my apartment :( And no broiler either (not a thing in Brazil). Idk. I picked up some good tips that I am going to try, so let's see....

  9. 5 out of 5

    Tamera

    In a couple of weeks I am visiting my father and his wife, whom are older, just moved to a new city, and overwhelmed with the simple tasks. While some of the recipes are a bit too exotic form my dad's tastes - he is a meat and potatoes, bland cooking doesn't grill kind of guy - there are a few that might work for them. Add to the complication is he has crones, so I also have limited vegetables he can eat. There is a variety of ethic recipes along with traditional tastes. The cookbook has a few p In a couple of weeks I am visiting my father and his wife, whom are older, just moved to a new city, and overwhelmed with the simple tasks. While some of the recipes are a bit too exotic form my dad's tastes - he is a meat and potatoes, bland cooking doesn't grill kind of guy - there are a few that might work for them. Add to the complication is he has crones, so I also have limited vegetables he can eat. There is a variety of ethic recipes along with traditional tastes. The cookbook has a few pictures, and I admit to being a sucker for food pictures. The layout is ok. It begins with chapters on basics, plans and creating plans. Each recipe cooks the recipe, packaging, cooking, freezing instructions and thaw and serve. There are recipes for making marinades to freeze meats in, homemade cream soup to use in recipes, pie crust and a seasoning blend. There may be several recipes on each page, making changes to a basic recipe. I bookmarked the shredded been filling, Swedish meatballs with dill (chills meatballs and sauce separately),Chicken bacon subs, alfredo mac and cheese, and some breads. For myself I am eyeing Taco soup with hominy using enchilada sauce.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Dale

    We have made several recipes from this book and decided to buy a bread machine because of the recipes using it. We have been very happy with all of the recipes! We love the Red and green beef enchiladas, chocolate butterhorn rolls, whole grain cinnamon rolls, spicy Dijon chicken, garlicky Italian chicken, tandoori chicken and so many others. As other reviewers have said, the tips and information pages are tremendously helpful. We don't have an enormous fridge so I usually double recipes and love We have made several recipes from this book and decided to buy a bread machine because of the recipes using it. We have been very happy with all of the recipes! We love the Red and green beef enchiladas, chocolate butterhorn rolls, whole grain cinnamon rolls, spicy Dijon chicken, garlicky Italian chicken, tandoori chicken and so many others. As other reviewers have said, the tips and information pages are tremendously helpful. We don't have an enormous fridge so I usually double recipes and love having extra for another night and only doing the work done. I feel like using these recipes cuts down my kitchen workload by half or more. I love the chicken with marinades and it makes it easy to use chicken when it is on sale. My mom came to visit and we were able to have delicious cinnamon rolls and a pasta casserole without tons of work...just pull from the freezer and bake! Our next recipe we are prepping for the freezer are pizza kits (who doesn't love and need pizza in their lives?!). I highly recommend this book!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Bekki

    her freezer burritos (and taco seasoning recipe) are a staple in this house!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Arlian

    Other freezer cookbooks I have read were pretty recipe heavy, with a little bit of info in the front about freezing. This book still follows that basic format--more a recipe book than a reference one--but it has a little bit more 'reference' to it than the average cookbook. Not only does it offer planned month-long menus, it also offers a step-by-step prep guide following each menu plan. That means the author not only tells you what to buy, she outlines the most streamlined way to prepare her me Other freezer cookbooks I have read were pretty recipe heavy, with a little bit of info in the front about freezing. This book still follows that basic format--more a recipe book than a reference one--but it has a little bit more 'reference' to it than the average cookbook. Not only does it offer planned month-long menus, it also offers a step-by-step prep guide following each menu plan. That means the author not only tells you what to buy, she outlines the most streamlined way to prepare her meals as well. Another nice thing about the book is she offers meatless plans for every meal (breakfast, lunch, etc). While other reviewers have noted the vegetarian recipes are very limited (and they are, compared to vegetarian-only cookbooks) I am still pleased that this book contains any. I was shocked to discover there are even one or two vegan recipes, which is almost unheard of in an omnivorous cookbook. Despite the fact that I think this book is pretty good overall, I have a few complaints. I think my biggest gripe is that though the beginning of the book has a bunch of info, there are also helpful tidbits scattered randomly through the book. The key word there is randomly. For example, the gluten free menu suggestion isn't at the front or the back of the book, but in the middle somewhere. Same thing with the list of baked goods you can make premixed dry batches of and the list of potluck friendly recipes. It would have been better to have an appendix at the end or to include it all at the front, with the rest of the reference material. All this info is helpful, but to effectively use it a reader would have to flag the book with a lot of bookmarks to be able to find anything. A different layout would have helped that a lot. Another complaint is how gadget-heavy her instructions are. While I have a lot of gadgets, I think it would have been nice if the author had included options for both those who have gadgets and those who don't. Instead, all of the cooking instructions say "mix this in the food processor while this other thing is in the slow cooker and this third thing is in the bread maker, and heat this last thing on the stove then puree it with your immersion blender." My 3rd biggest complaint is how much emphasis she places on using plastic bags to freeze the meals in. I am definitely not stoked on that and I wish she had spent more time discussing other options, like using mason jars for freezing. Also, as a side note, all the meal quantities are set for 4 people, so when something says "make 10 meals" or whatever, the author means 10 meals for 4 people. If your household is bigger or smaller, remember to change how you package things to accommodate this.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay

    This is one of my top-three cookbooks ever! I am not a food person-- I never cared to learn to cook as a child. In college I ate sweet potatoes, broccoli, or oatmeal for dinner. When I got married my college roommates chuckled and gave me a cookbook as a gift knowing I would really need it. ith all this being said,fast forward 12 years and six children later,and I have become rather astounded at the amount of food that needs to be prepared for my family of eight! I was feeling a little bit CRAZY This is one of my top-three cookbooks ever! I am not a food person-- I never cared to learn to cook as a child. In college I ate sweet potatoes, broccoli, or oatmeal for dinner. When I got married my college roommates chuckled and gave me a cookbook as a gift knowing I would really need it. ith all this being said,fast forward 12 years and six children later,and I have become rather astounded at the amount of food that needs to be prepared for my family of eight! I was feeling a little bit CRAZY! This book helped me understand a few things I was missing. We've all heard about freezer cooking, but who has the time (or desire?) to spend a whole day cooking?! Jessica Fisher taught me how to take small steps while preparing one meal, helping save time another day. The little things really add up! I have not nor will I probably ever spend a day or even hours freezer cooking, but the principles have benefited me enormously. Even if I never planned to freeze a thing, this would still be in my top three cookbooks, because I like the recipes so much. Jessica apparently IS a food person, and she also has six children to feed. I appreciate that Jessica has a thing for squeezing a penny, eating healthfully, cooking from scratch, using her bread machine as a dough machine as I do, and Mexican food. Yes! I will be using this book for years to come. Favorite things I have gleaned from the book so far: homemade tostada shells, baking mixes (I know it seems so obvious, but it worked much better than I would have anticipated for 7 am pancakes!), pizza cheese and spice blend, slow cooker red sauce, enchilada ideas, taquitos, marinate meat before freezing, pizza and taco freezer packets,and cranberry orange granola (to die for!)There are so many recipes I am excited to try, I will be kept busy cooking yummy things for a long while, without getting bored. More than the recipes, I learned something about how to make food work for my crew in a more efficient way and it has truly made a difference in my life. I needed it. Thank you Jessica Fisher. Jessica blogs at goodcheapeats.com.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    I was more impressed with this “Not Your Mother’s” cookbook than I was in the previous book that that I tried. Like Not Your Mother’s Slow Cooker Recipes for Two, this one does not have pictures, but what it does offer are usable dinner solutions, with shopping lists and planning schedules, that will get you through the shopping and cooking process smoother and easier. Another added bonus is that not all the recipes depend on tomato products as fillers. Other cookbooks that I have checked out in I was more impressed with this “Not Your Mother’s” cookbook than I was in the previous book that that I tried. Like Not Your Mother’s Slow Cooker Recipes for Two, this one does not have pictures, but what it does offer are usable dinner solutions, with shopping lists and planning schedules, that will get you through the shopping and cooking process smoother and easier. Another added bonus is that not all the recipes depend on tomato products as fillers. Other cookbooks that I have checked out in regards to make-ahead freeze recipes seem to be tomato heavy and after awhile that gets a bit redundant. Jessica Fisher takes the time to introduce the concept and explains the ideas behind freezer cooking. What can and what cannot be frozen. Storage lengths and freezing techniques. Even spelling out specifics as to what containers and freezer bags will be needed. Overall, this is a very good resource for busy families or even for those that are new empty nesters that are beginning to question the practicality of cooking for yourself every night.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    This is a really good cookbook if you practice this kind of meal prep. I do sometimes, though not as thoroughly as this book gets into. It's a great idea, and she really sells it well. The recipes are very family-friendly, and most people could prepare them. She has suggested menus and 'meal plans', which while they work well together, I think could scare some people off. There are lots of freezer-friendly tips sprinkled throughout the book, as well as food storage ideas, and other ways to keep This is a really good cookbook if you practice this kind of meal prep. I do sometimes, though not as thoroughly as this book gets into. It's a great idea, and she really sells it well. The recipes are very family-friendly, and most people could prepare them. She has suggested menus and 'meal plans', which while they work well together, I think could scare some people off. There are lots of freezer-friendly tips sprinkled throughout the book, as well as food storage ideas, and other ways to keep weeknight dinners sane. If you're cooking for a family (or any group of 4-6 people regularly), this is worth checking out for ideas. While I can't buy into this system as wholeheartedly as the author, these freezer meals are great for new mom gifts, and keeping one or two around on nights things get crazy is a really good idea.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Anastasia Tuckness

    Awesome, super-organized introduction to freezer cooking. She includes detailed lists for her plans--for groceries, cooking utensils, storage containers, etc.--it's all listed out for you. Plans range from 2 hours to 1 day in length and complexity. Recipes range from vegetable patties to beef stew, with everything in between. I found the recipes to have more of an emphasis on tastiness for families than I expected, which means this book will be perfect for moms wanting to make food for the freez Awesome, super-organized introduction to freezer cooking. She includes detailed lists for her plans--for groceries, cooking utensils, storage containers, etc.--it's all listed out for you. Plans range from 2 hours to 1 day in length and complexity. Recipes range from vegetable patties to beef stew, with everything in between. I found the recipes to have more of an emphasis on tastiness for families than I expected, which means this book will be perfect for moms wanting to make food for the freezer that their kids will actually eat! She strikes a nice balance of using some convenience items while also including from-scratch recipes for items like cream soups. I have already enjoyed some of these recipes. Anyone want to cook with me??

  17. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Rogers

    Always looking for good advice on meals to be frozen for future use. This one turns the notion on its head and guides you through ONLY (or mostly) using home-prepared meals out of your freezer with guidelines on shopping and cooking to fill your freezer. It feels much like an at-home Dream Dinners plan. Choose 6-12 recipes, shop accordingly, spend a day making all of them, some with more than one batch, store it in various containers and stick it in the freezer. It's a little too labor-intensive Always looking for good advice on meals to be frozen for future use. This one turns the notion on its head and guides you through ONLY (or mostly) using home-prepared meals out of your freezer with guidelines on shopping and cooking to fill your freezer. It feels much like an at-home Dream Dinners plan. Choose 6-12 recipes, shop accordingly, spend a day making all of them, some with more than one batch, store it in various containers and stick it in the freezer. It's a little too labor-intensive a view for my life right now and, honestly, not too many recipes appealed to me that much. I'll be trying a handful this week and go from there.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Angie

    Handy reference for the basics of freezer cooking—it was a good review for me but would also make a good introduction. I have not used any of the cooking plans as printed, mostly due to our various food sensitivities and preferences. However, many of the recipes we’ve tried—such as Cranberry-Orange Granola, Irish Stew, and Chicken Divan—have become family favorites for us. Another behind the scenes favorite is the homemade Cream of Celery (or Mushroom, Chicken,. . . ) Soup, which I make in quant Handy reference for the basics of freezer cooking—it was a good review for me but would also make a good introduction. I have not used any of the cooking plans as printed, mostly due to our various food sensitivities and preferences. However, many of the recipes we’ve tried—such as Cranberry-Orange Granola, Irish Stew, and Chicken Divan—have become family favorites for us. Another behind the scenes favorite is the homemade Cream of Celery (or Mushroom, Chicken,. . . ) Soup, which I make in quantity and freeze in pint containers. The freezing instructions can also be applied to similar recipes from my own files.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Cherie

    B I randomly heard of this book, and I'm so glad I did. While it was quite meat-heavy, I really liked the idea. I am really busy and a lot of time, I'll make a meal with the intention of freezing most of it a lot of the time so that I can quickly and easily have healthy and yummy leftovers. There were two that really grabbed my attention - a giant crockpot recipe for sauce, which I should have already made at some point (and I will) and a yummy sounding lentil dal that I am making tomorrow. But, B I randomly heard of this book, and I'm so glad I did. While it was quite meat-heavy, I really liked the idea. I am really busy and a lot of time, I'll make a meal with the intention of freezing most of it a lot of the time so that I can quickly and easily have healthy and yummy leftovers. There were two that really grabbed my attention - a giant crockpot recipe for sauce, which I should have already made at some point (and I will) and a yummy sounding lentil dal that I am making tomorrow. But, it is sadly (for the vegetarians) super meat-heavy.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kristin

    I can't believe it took me this long to discover freezer cooking! When I say this entire concept is life-changing, I am not being dramatic. I found some good recipes on MoneySavingMom.com and wanted to expand on them. I tried one of the freezer cooking sessions as outlined in the book, and we have enjoyed each of the five meals included in it. The beginning of the book has tips for freezer cooking, which were appreciated by my novice self. I initially borrowed the book from the library and ended I can't believe it took me this long to discover freezer cooking! When I say this entire concept is life-changing, I am not being dramatic. I found some good recipes on MoneySavingMom.com and wanted to expand on them. I tried one of the freezer cooking sessions as outlined in the book, and we have enjoyed each of the five meals included in it. The beginning of the book has tips for freezer cooking, which were appreciated by my novice self. I initially borrowed the book from the library and ended up buying a copy for myself. :)

  21. 5 out of 5

    Layne

    I am one of those people who can't really cook without instructions. I guess I doubt my own skills. Anyway, this cookbook is actually pretty great for meal planning and I've enjoyed the recipes I've tried so far. Freezing food seems simple, but this helps you go beyond standard freezer casseroles and understand what freezes well/what doesn't. Step by step instructions are super clear and nothing is too complicated. Only downside is that the vegetarian options are a little disappointing. I am one of those people who can't really cook without instructions. I guess I doubt my own skills. Anyway, this cookbook is actually pretty great for meal planning and I've enjoyed the recipes I've tried so far. Freezing food seems simple, but this helps you go beyond standard freezer casseroles and understand what freezes well/what doesn't. Step by step instructions are super clear and nothing is too complicated. Only downside is that the vegetarian options are a little disappointing.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    The introductory section provides excellent information on freezing and meal planning - If you like the recipes in the book there are plans how to spend a day cooking and make ahead several weeks worth of meals to freeze. I was disappointed with the variety of recipes in here. Too many seemed to be variations on the same theme, tacos, burritos, enchiladas, etc. These are all things I love but they are all sort of the same.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    I like this so much better than other cook-and-freeze cookbooks. The recipes don't rely on creamed soups or other MSG-containing ingredients. A lot of the dishes sound so good and I can't wait to try them. I also appreciate the breakfast recipes. I will probably buy this book instead of continuing to check it out. I like this so much better than other cook-and-freeze cookbooks. The recipes don't rely on creamed soups or other MSG-containing ingredients. A lot of the dishes sound so good and I can't wait to try them. I also appreciate the breakfast recipes. I will probably buy this book instead of continuing to check it out.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Shelly

    Just got this book. My purpose is to create some freezer meals that I can transport to my mother's house so that there will be easy meals for them to eat as they don't feel like cooking as often these days due to health issues. So far the recipes look very good and the tips for freezing are very helpful. Just got this book. My purpose is to create some freezer meals that I can transport to my mother's house so that there will be easy meals for them to eat as they don't feel like cooking as often these days due to health issues. So far the recipes look very good and the tips for freezing are very helpful.

  25. 4 out of 5

    T Crockett

    Fisher's notes on planning ahead and making the most of your time are really helpful. I liked the idea of making your own convenience foods. The only problem with the book is that most of the recipes were heavy on meat and/or cheese. I'm sure they're delicious, they just don't fit our household. Fisher's notes on planning ahead and making the most of your time are really helpful. I liked the idea of making your own convenience foods. The only problem with the book is that most of the recipes were heavy on meat and/or cheese. I'm sure they're delicious, they just don't fit our household.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kayris

    I don't have the freezer space to make and freeze a months worth of meals, but we loved all the recipes we tried from this book and I loved the meal/prep plans. Checked out from my library, but I will probably buy it eventually. I don't have the freezer space to make and freeze a months worth of meals, but we loved all the recipes we tried from this book and I loved the meal/prep plans. Checked out from my library, but I will probably buy it eventually.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Bree

    Notes: almost everything is mexican-style or flavored it takes just as long to thaw out a frozen meal as it does to just cook a fresh one liked the idea of making a double batch of something and freezing one for later

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ruth

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Red and green enchiladas74,pepper steak80,Shepard’s pie86,meatball bbq 97&98,Swedish meatballs 100&81,tandoori chx 115;118,123,124,125,129,155,159,163,165,166,170,143,149,340,180,333,186,202,215,219,254,288,267

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ledys

    I will update with a review once I have followed the plan, but the recipes look amazing and easy to prepare.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Mrs.

    No photos, decent recipes that you can jazz up a bit. The greatest strength of the book are the very detailed instructions at the beginning to get you organized to cook in bulk without going nuts.

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