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Not Your Mother's Make-Ahead and Freeze Cookbook (NYM Series) Paperback – October 9, 2012
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About the Author
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And while I love to cook, as a work-at-home mom, I also like to enjoy time with my family. Making many meals ahead of time allows me to have the best of both worlds. I regularly spend focused time in the kitchen, cooking up a storm and stashing the results away in the freezer for later use. The outcome? Perfect homemade convenience foods that serve us well, without undue stress.
In as little as an hour a week, you, too, can stock your freezer with make-ahead meals and meal components that are tasty, filling, healthy, and budget-friendly.
But don’t worry: These are not your mother’s—or your grandmother’s—frozen casseroles. Drawing on modern technology and a global food market full of diverse ingredients, the recipes that follow feature a wide variety of flavor profiles and cooking methods. They appeal to modern taste buds, and they can all be prepared in bulk to help you save time in the kitchen. These meals will put the lively voices and cozy suppers back into your dinner times.
More About the Author
Jessica's work appears online at The Kitchn, The Art of Simple, Life Your Way, $5 Dinners, and Money Saving Mom, and in print for more than 85 regional parenting publications in the U.S. and Canada. She lives with her husband and children in San Diego, California and is an avid home cook. She is the author of Not Your Mother's Make-Ahead and Freeze Cookbook and Good Cheap Eats.
Top Customer Reviews
The remaining recipes are pretty basic/mix and match. For example, there will be recipes for different kinds of pizza using the same crust, enchiladas, etc. There are also recipes for meat that you cook in the crockpot and shred for later. There are about 49 recipes for breads/desserts. The main reason I use freezer cooking is for dinnertime, but perhaps other families are different. While chopping and freezing ingredients ahead of time saves some time in the kitchen, a lot of the recipes need a lot of prep after thawing. That defeats the purpose for me. And though it claims not to use condensed soup like our mothers cooked with, there are recipes using a homemade cream of celery soup. There are maybe two recipes in here that I would use, and if it didn't cost half as much as the book to send back I would. The cookbooks I really like for freezing are Fix, Freeze, Feast and You've Got It Made. The health content of the recipes is similar and there is a lot more variety to work with.
The recipes look delicious and realistic (not a bunch of weird ingredients), and instructions are spelled out very clearly. But my favorite part of the cookbook is the cooking plans. For each cooking plan, Jessica compiles several of the recipes based on type (breakfasts, meatless, beef, etc.), then includes a complete grocery list for all those recipes, packaging guidelines, gadgets/appliances needed, prep list, and a detailed cooking plan. For instance, if I want to make some breakfasts for the freezer, I can just refer to one of the Breakfast cooking plans and the planning's already done for me. All I have to do is shop and cook, and Jessica holds my hand the whole way.
This is so much more than just a cookbook (there's so much fabulous information, the recipes don't even start until page 65). The only downside is now I have no excuse NOT to start freezer cooking!
But, I was disappointed to find that the "meals" were nearly all meat-centered - and JUST meat.
No sides, no salads, almost no beans or grains - very little variety.
Those recipes that were vegetarian leaned very heavily on cheese, eggs & butter. Even the breads were generally heavy-laden with and animal fats.
For those who like to eat that way -I'm giving the book 4 stars. It's well-written, well organized and has a lot of great ideas for meats & cheese.
Since this author is trying to produce frugal menus, I expected more beans, grains, and frozen vegetables.
Be aware that there are no pictures.
Recipes are supposed to be doubled or tripled - it would have been much more helpful to have the calculations done for the reader/cook.
All in all, a fine cookbook for those who wish to freezer-cook meat and dairy.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Found this book at my library. After renewing and checking out multiple times I decided I should purchase.
I'm an avid cook and use the freezer to streamline. Read more
such a great tool to help you learn how to do cooking sessions to freeze. I would recommend this 100X over to anyone. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Allison Loree
We have come to rely on these great tasting well planned meals two to three times per week!Published 3 months ago by Tracey Kerrigan Johnson
I was really excited when I heard that this book was coming out! I read both of Jessica's blogs (lifeasmom and goodcheapeats) and LOVE all of the recipes! Read morePublished 4 months ago by jenfitz42
As a full time working mom and wife, this cook book was a god send. It's a lot of prep work but it feels so good to have home cooked meals ready at hand. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Christi L Fassas
wonderful family friendly meals. i love that jessica has done the work for me and knows what freezes well.Published 4 months ago by Wendy Dietrich
My family and I have made and enjoyed several of these recipes already. They are easy to put together and very hand to have in the freezer. Read morePublished 5 months ago by E Miller