Monday, March 16, 2009

Giveaway: "Freezer Cooking Made Simple" E-book



Susanne Myers from Hillbillyhousewife.com has generously offered a free e-book for one of our readers!

This e-book as packed full of tips such as what is needed to freezer meal cook, how to plan for freezer cooking, safety tips and so much more. There are recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, baked goods and desserts. Susanne has made it so easy for you, there are even printable labels to stick on your freezer meal w/ directions for each of her meals that give you "how to" directions once you are ready to bake!

"After a lot of thinking and weighing all the options, I think I have come up with aa good solution for anyone that wants to cook healthy, inexpensive meals, without spending a lot of time on dinner each night.

The solution is Freezer Cooking.


We’ll start out by taking a look at what exactly freezer cooking is and how you and your family can benefit from it. From there we’ll jump straight into some practical tips that will help you get started. I’ve even created a weekly menu of freezer meals for you complete with recipes, directions and grocery list.

Just shop, cook and freeze.
"



As a new mom to freezer cooking I found her e-book useful, yet not overwhelming. I finished reading her book saying "I can do this!" If you are new to freezer cooking or just want some great new ideas and printables, you can download a copy for $9.95 by vising her website hillbillyhousewife.com

Here is what you need to do to win a FREE copy of "Freezer Cooking Made Simple"
Leave us a comment and let us know either

1. How freezer cooking has made your life easier
OR
2. How you plan to use freezer cooking in the future to make your life easier

Don't forget to leave your name and e-mail information. The contest will run from 3/16-3/21 (by noon CST). We will announce the winner on our blog and contact you via e-mail to let you know how to retrieve your prize!

Good Luck and don't forget to check back tomorrow for another great freezer meal recipe and more great tips!

61 comments:

TyLeen said...

I don't do freezing as often as I would like but when I am about a month away from having a baby...I go crazy with the freezing of ALL my meals...I want to be able to relax and enjoy the sweet babe that comes! Thanks for the give away!

twitchy56@hotmail.com

The Hansen Family said...

My son is 7 months old and there are definitely days when I don't feel like cooking. We are on a pretty tight budget, so calling out for take out all the time is not an option. I love recipes that make double or triple or can be easily doubled. I make one for dinner and freeze one or two for later, just write the directions on a piece of foil that I put over the top. The only hard part is remembering to take it out of the freezer to defrost!

April said...

I've given freezer cooking some thought but I wasn't sure how hard it is. I'd be interested in this book because I work full-time outside the home. I get up at 4:30 am and I am home at 5 pm. After 5, it is homework, dinner and running our children to whatever event (sporting, music, church) that is scheduled. My life is hectic and full. We end up eating out too many times during the week. I'd love to give this a try!

Tracy said...

I have not tried freezer cooking yet but I just got a freezer a week ago. WOO HOO!!! I am so ready to start this. I plan to start freezer cooking by having a "freezer" cooking day where I cook all day and freeze when I am done. I just need to awesome freezer recipes!
tracyahughes1@msn.com
I would love to win this. I may buy it even if I don't win~

marisa said...

I have always wanted to make meals and freeze them. We are a family of 7 and one of those kids is a teenager! I think it would help me out with meals and snacks for him especially. He has some food allergies and some of the snacky foods in the house aren't for him. I could freeze little portions of our meals for him.

I started a meal plan every week to save on groceries and so I'mnot staring at the fridge every night. But with school functions and sports, I can't always cook what's on it. Freezing might help me there as well!

Marisa
montreuils6@aol.com

The Stainbacks said...

I am interested in freezer cooking for two reasons. #1-In two days, I am having baby #2 and then just three weeks later am making the transition from working mother to SAHM. I like the idea of freezer cooking when the day might not allow for cooking/ preparing. And #2-In three weeks, when I become said SAHM to two, I will also be losing my paycheck. I am intrested in freezer cooking because it will lessen the chances that I will not have something prepared and will try to make an excuse to eat out...thus saving money!!! Thanks for the give-away!

Heidi B C said...

I'm looking forward to learning more about freezing meals because I love using my crock pot for easy meals and it would be even easier if they were already made up to drop in the oven or crockpot on a busy Sunday before church.

Heidi
haleightrevor@rapidwave.net

Melissa said...

I have never in my life frozen a meal, but I have been reading up on it in the past couple weeks. I have a few recipes in mind that I am going to try in the next couple weeks. We have a baby due in 6 weeks and it would be nice to have meals in the freezer for after the baby is born.

~Melissa
msimms0509@gmail.com

amykiane said...

having freezer meals ready makes it so much easier to plan dinner. i can pull one out in the morning or the night before and i'm not stressing 2 hours before dinner wondering what i'm going cook - like i am right at this moment.:)

Paula said...

I would love to start freezer cooking! I have 5 kids and two of them are 3 year olds. I homeschool my 5 and 7 year olds. So I never get a break from them. By dinner time, I can't ever figure out what to cook. I would love to have meals in the freezer to pull out and cook without having to do much thinking!

Thanks!

Paula
mpzpowell @ sbcglobal.net

sjfarley said...

I have tried freezer cooking a few times but would like to really get started on it and keep at it.

Gillispie Blog said...

I have never freezer cooked. I am very uneasy about making sure that foods are packaged appropriately and it has always been a little scary for me, but I would LOVE to learn how seeing as I have a busy household and need meals on the fly at times!
mlgillispie@att.net

Michelle Osborn said...

Freezer meals really helped me when I was recovering from a c-section. I'm always a little hesitant on what freezes well and what doesn't so I would love this e-book! Thanks-

Me said...

I am working Mom of 2 and never can seem to find the time to make healthy meals! I would love a way to be more efficient so that we can spend more time together as a family. I really think freezer cooking would help me with that!

Melly said...

I split meals with my mom and aunt. I invested in three small pyrex dishes that equal the size of a 13X9. When I make a casserole I divide it into the three dishes, one for mom and aunt, one or us and one for the frezer. The second time I serve the meal we only get one meal out of it, but is is a time and money saver.
mellisa.willis@sbcglobal.net

Team Sherman said...

I tried to do some freezer cooking before my daughter was born. I'd love more tips though.
sarah_sherman@verizon.net

Mama Hen said...

I think about freezing meals all the time, but just haven't done it yet. I also worry that what I cook won't freeze well and then it would be a waste. This book would be great!
clarksrfun(at)gmail(dot)com

Leslie said...

I would love to learn more about freezer cooking to help my growing family. We recently added twins to our family that will soon be coming home from the nicu and I would love to have some meals put away! Thanks for the giveaway!

lele307@yahoo.com

Michelle said...

I have an 11 month daughter and was able to take a year off work to be with her. I am going back to work soon, though, and with work and a toddler I know I will not want to have to cook every night so I want to definitely give freezer cooking a try so I can keep some of my sanity! :)

Michelle said...

I have an 11 month old and was lucky to be able to stay at home with her for the first year. I will be going back to work soon, though, and will not have time with work and a toddler to cook every night. So, I definitely want to give freezer cooking a try so I can keep some of my sanity! :)

Ashley said...

I like to be able to have dinners prepared and just needing to be heated through, as the afternoons are the most hectic at our house... freezer meals are perfect, because I can either throw it in in the microwave or oven and not have to worry about it again til it's done and we're ready to eat! My kids seem to need my attention most between naptime (after lunch) and bedtime, so dinner can be stressful if I have a lot of prep and cooking to do!

Angela C. said...

I would love to win this e-book. I currently freeze some items, but not whole meals like casseroles. I read about people doing it and would like to freeze some also, but don't know how to exactly go about doing it. I would love to learn how. Thanks for the giveaway.

accoupons at gmail dot com

Ginger said...

This post is very timely. I've been experimenting w/freezing. I've been prechopping vegs, freezing soup bases and sauces etc. No meals though. Just the parts of a meals. I have made a committment to get my grocery budget under control and pay off our only credit card this year. This would be a great help in those endeavors. Thanks for the opportunity.

Katy said...

I've dabbled in freezer meals some, but working full time has made it difficult to dedicate time to a whole "once a month cooking" plan. I'm eager to see how Hillbilly Housewife does it! I love that website, and have used it for recipes in the past, so I'm sure I'll love her freezing meals. Thanks for doing this giveaway!

Margot said...

Like everyone else these days, we have to watch every penny. This sounds like a great tool to help me do that. I often pre-chop and freeze many of my veggies to keep them from spoiling and so that I always have them on hand. The idea of making meals ahead and freezing them just makes so much sense/cents!!! I hope I win to help me get started! Thanks!

Beth W. said...

A huge fan of Freezer cooking. With 4 boys heading into baseball season - freezer meals make practice night dinners so much easier! Thanks! Beth W.
bawetherell (at) gmail (dot) com

Teonna said...

I do not do a lot of freezer cooking.. But.. my husband will be deployed this year to Iraq and I have a 4 year old, a 11 month old and a full time job. He has been a stay at home dad and does most of the cooking, but that is about to change! I would love to learn how to do it and make my life easier!

suzanne said...

I'm by myself and instead of eating leftovers forever I freeze serving size portions. Would love to have more ideas and different meals to freeze also some more interesting side dishes than just canned veggies. This weeks recipes sure look interesting. smp131@sbcglobal.net

Jasmine said...

Freezer cooking made my life so much easier after I gave birth to my first child. Including the meals I made before she was born and meals brought over from family and friends, I didn't have to cook for a month. I am now pregnant with my second child and will definitely be stocking up on freezer meals for after the birth.

akjml@hotmail.com

Terra Jones said...

I have started a freezer meal swap group with friends from church and so I get 5-7 meals stocked in my freezer when I really cook "one meal"

It's been awesome

I'm looking at doing OAMC here in the next month or so...I need to figure some things out (like how to pack it all in the freezer, lol) :)

thanks!

maya said...

I would love to have more frezer friendly recipes. I have done a big cooking day twice alone and once with my sister in law. We each froze about 12 meals (which equaled more with leftovers)

Tammy Taylor said...

About the only thing I am good to make and freeze is meatballs. I have a recipe that my kids love and it makes quick meals easy when I know I have some in the freezer. I don't know why but my kids will not eat meatballs from the store - I have tried several different brands, but... I feel better giving them the ones I make out of ground turkey and will sometimes add pureed vegetables to make them heathier. Anyway I would love more recipes for the freezer and tips on how to organize and get it done.

Kelly said...

I can't wait to start freezing!

Child at Play said...

Freezer meals have helped give me more time to do other things than sit in the kitchen day in and night! I always prepare double the recipe and then freeze what leftovers there are!

Then, on a day that I just don't feel like cooking, or a day that has run out of time... I just thaw something and reheat it in the oven. My family doesn't know any better that it's just leftovers!

I just need to get more ideas on WHAT freezes well and other recipes to just have prepared and freeze for future use.

Ros said...

Since I'm only cooking for myself, it is difficult to make casseroles, etc. that feed several people. What I usually do is make half of the recipe, if possible. Then I will divide the leftovers into individual servings and freeze them. An easy way to have meals ready for whenever I just want to heat and eat!

Susan said...

I would like to win this. Now that I am cooking for less people I am needing to freeze more cooked food.

philben5 said...

Thank you for the encouragement to freeze meals/ I am very excited to take this on as I too am a working mom of 3. My children are all in different events and I think this would work great and save so many last minute order out meals.
Blessings
Roxanne

Buggy4vws said...

I have not been very sucessful at freezer cooking. I have 1 ds that will be 1 next month and cooking after working all day is a challenge. We are on a VERY tight budget after 2 pay cuts in 2 years and I am looking at ways to be more frugal than I am. My biggest problem is my DH eats ALOT! when I make things that I am "sure" we will have plently for left overs to freeze for lunch etc.. we dont.
Thanks for the give away!
Amber
buggy4vws_az@yahoo.com

Lisa said...

I have enjoyed using the freezer meals that friends from church made me after my third child was born. It was nice to have the convenience of meals those meals that were homecooked and healthy. I would like some good recipes to try myself.

~Lana B.~ said...

I SO want to learn how to do this for my family!! I can't tell you how excited I am about learning everything I can from you!! Thanks so much for sharing this with us.
~Lana B~
mamastamps at sbcglobal dot net

Lauren said...

My husband and I are both students (me in grad school and he's working on his undergrad). As a therapist in training, I often don't get home until it's way too late to make a meal. Frozen meals would help get him more active in cooking and make it less tempting to eat late at night or go out for food.

Destiny said...

I've seriously considered freezer cooking in the past, but never got around to finding the recipes and trying it. Currently I'll cook and freeze parts of meals, but I love the idea of the whole dinner an da cookbook full of wonderful recipes to try would be great.

TheTrain0 said...

I have done some freezer meals in the past, but I've gotten out of the habit of late. I'd love some new recipes to get re-motivated. Those prepared meals are a huge help on busy days.

~Diana~ said...

I'm very interested in doing freezer meals but I don't know how to start. I would love to win the free book........

dianahawes@gmail.com

The Hamilton Family said...

After having my 2nd child, a year ago, I knew I had to make my life easier in terms of planning meals for my family. I started doubling casserole recipes and freezing them. When I know it's going to be a hectic week I plan one of my freezer meals in my weekly meal plan to take the stress off of one day! I would love to have more recipes, as I am sure my family is getting bored of the same old casseroles!
Thanks for all the info on this site to make our lives more simple!

Ashley
anh414@gmail.com

Jodie said...

I have never frozen a meal in my life. However, I am now a mother of a very active 2 year old and 9 month old. We just bought a chest freezer. So, now we have space for me to freeze meals and hopefully start saving some money. With my husband the only one working in the family, money is very tight in our household. I would love to win this cookbook! Thank you so much for the give away!
jodie-cox@hotmail.com

Kendra at New Life On A Homestead said...

I froze several meals when my baby boy was born, just to make life easier for my husband for a while! Now that I'm a busy mom of two (and another on the way) I'm always interested in finding new recipes for the freezer. It sure saves us from spending a lot of money going out to eat when I don't feel like cooking and there's a nice meal already waiting for us in the freezer!

Kerri said...

I do freezer cooking from time to time. It is always a benefit when I do and it makes getting dinner together so much easier! A new cookbook with new ideas would be great!

ruthkerri (at) yahoo (dot) com

SpiveyTales said...

I'm new to all of the couponing since January and I'd really like to try freezing meals...but I don't know how! So...I'd love to learn some things to help us save money! (2 kids under 3)

Ward Family said...

Freezer Cooking is something my girlfriend introduced me to, but I have not implemented. I have, however, thought of forming my own freezer cooking group but didn't know where to start. This would be the perfect start to forming the group and preparing me for when we start our family (as I will more likely have to work). Thanks-and I LOVE your blog!

ward_family_2005@hotmail.com

Jeanette said...

My husband and I both work full time - freezing meals ahead for the week would give us a lot more quality time to spend together!
roberts(dot)jeanette(at)gmail(dot)com

Cindy said...

I need to learn more on Freezer Cooking. I have fibromyalgia and you never know what day the fatigue will be so bad that I can't cook so this would be great if I just have to pull something out of the freezer and put it in the oven.

Mindi said...

I've done a little freezer cooking, but I really need more recipes and idea to do more! We've got our second child due in June, so I am hoping to have meals all set to go before he arrives!

Davonne said...

This is great!

I have only frozen waffles, but I really want to start doing more and am overwhelmed by the idea. Baby #2 is due in August, and I'd love to have a good pre-made food supply in the freezer by then.

Thanks for the opportunity!

jburden said...

I plan on buying a freezer with part of our tax return (waiting for a great deal) and would love to know how to do freezer meals!

jen dot burden at sbcglobal dot net

Mom2BeautifulGirl said...

I hope to use freezer cooking more as I have a baby coming soon and want to be prepared so we don't eat out as much during those hard first newborn days.

jmdedmon@yahoo.com

Thanks.

MrsCrum86 said...

I have a beautiful baby boy due in July so I plan on starting my freezer cooking soon so that I can spend as much time with him as possible!

The Wilcoxson's said...

I do not freeze cook. But my sunday school class, New Parents Class, is going to start. In the last year our class has had over 15 children born. We do care calendars for the family of the newborn for 4 weeks. This would help greatly. Also for us who have toddlers. I am excited to see what happens and the fellowship that will come with it at the SWAP!

LaTanya Harper said...

I haven't "freezer cooked", unless you count freezing leftovers! I love the idea and the recipes you are listing. I really liked the cheesy filled shells and marinara recipe. I look forward to trying that one soon.

clowerld@gmail.com

Liz and Corey said...

I am inspired by all the suggestions and hope to start a freezer co-op group to take advantage of our freezer. It is also a great time saver and who wants to waster their time? Thanks!!!

lizbowman@gmail.com

Katrina said...

PLease add me to the drawing! I started Once a month cooking (freezer cooking) this past fall with a few recipes. I have really enjoyed it. As a single mom with 2 kiddos (3 and 10 months), I don't have energy to prep AND cook after work...it's great!