Get Started: Five Easy Steps and Resources for Starting Freezer Cooking
If you are new around these parts here are some things that you need to know to help you along the way. This is also a comprehensive list of all the great posts we have highlighted for our Get Started series. You can spend HOURS alone reading through all of these resources. In order to help you Get Started quickly here are the basic steps you need to take first. Following that you will find further information and reading should you decide you need more information.
Get Started Basic Steps
- Pick which MenuBEST suits you. Here are links to explain a little more about each one.
- Pick the month you want to cook.
- New menus come out the 1st of every month. If you cook that month’s menu you will get a menu that is based on that months sale items and seasonal produce. You most certainly could choose another month if you would like though.
- Menus are built for you to purchase your grocery items throughout the month and then cook at the end of the month and eat the meals the following month for maximum savings. You can just purchase all at once though. Whatever works best for you.
- Print Your Documents
- Grocery List
- Recipe Cards
Each type of menu and each monthly menu varies in the time it takes to do from start to finish. In addition, your efficiency and quickness in preparation, cooking and clean up is also variable. However, we usually estimate the following as average times needed.
- Shopping – 2-3 hours in total
- Night Before Preparation (Chopping, etc) – 1-2 hours
- Cooking the Day of – 6-12 hours
The cost is also variable. Factors for this menu include region of the country, access to sale goods, produce crops, and use of coupons. It also varies by size of family. For a family of 4 for *most* of our menus you can expect to pay somewhere between $150-$300 for all the ingredients for all of the meals. It usually averages between$2.50-$6.00 an entree for 4 servings.
We have outlined a TON of resources for you this month. As I mentioned earlier it can take you hours to look through everything. We highly recommend any and all of these posts but thought we would outline all of them throughout the series here. Hopefully you will find one or more of them useful to you.
Testimonies – How OAMM contributing writers do oamc cooking
- Saving and printing google documents
- Basic equipment to have on hand
- Extra equipment to have on hand
- Basic equipment for making baby food
- How to make smaller mini-menus
- First foods for baby
- The life of a Once A Month Mom menu
- How to use a Foodsaver for freezing
- What to do with kids during oamc
- How to do a group meal swap
- Saving money on your once a month cooking
- Budgeting for once a month cooking
- Stocking your pantry list
- How to use Ziplist
- How to use Ziplist to create a custom grocery list for a menu you create
- Shopping for oamc when on food assistance
Food Preparation and Storage Resources
- What you CAN and CANNOT freeze
- Freezer containers
- Freezer inventories
- Making your own baby food
- How to freeze and store baby food
- How long do meals last?
- How to thaw frozen meals
Adjusting to Space Issues