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Not Your Mother's Make-Ahead and Freeze Cookbook Paperback – October 9, 2012
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JESSICA FISHER is a busy mom of six children, ranging from kindergarten to high school. Homeschool mom by day, freelance writer and blogger by night, she writes two popular blogs, LifeasMom.com and GoodCheapEats.com. Jessica has written online for The Kitchn, Life Your Way, Money Saving Mom, $5 Dinners, and Simple 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 also the author of Not Your Mother's Make-Ahead and Freeze Cookbook.
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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.
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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.