OAMC & Freezer Cooking

by Beth Montgomery on September 3, 2009

in Cooking Tips & Tricks, Frugal Cooking, Frugal Series, Recipes

For those of you who don’t enjoy cooking, OAMC can sound like a nightmare and a lifesaver all tied into one.

What is OAMC? It stands for Once-a-Month Cooking. The theory is that you spend one or two days a month and cook an entire month’s worth of meals, so you don’t have to cook every day.

Freezer cooking is similar, but could mean just cooking one meal to freeze or a week’s worth of meals instead of an entire month’s worth all at once.

The key to making OAMC manageable is organization! The more organized you are beforehand, the less stressful it will be for you.

Though I haven’t attempted OAMC for a while, I did when I worked away from home and it was honestly the greatest thing ever, because no matter how tired I was or how much I didn’t feel like cooking, I always had a delicious homemade meal on hand. Recruit your children to help you out, because it will not only teach them to cook, but also lessen the work for you!

1) Plan your entire menu ahead of time and make sure you have all ingredients on hand.

2) Prepare ahead of time by chopping all your vegetables and making sure all your ingredients are ready to go into each recipe.

3) Multi-task by cooking meals that contain similar ingredients at the same time. For example, cook hamburger in a skillet for a spaghetti meal kit, sloppy joes, and a taco meal kit.

4) Don’t try to take on too much too quickly. If this is your first time, try making a week’s worth of dinners first. Or divide up the tasks to cover a few days – dinner day, side dish day, and baking day.

5) If you don’t want to cook an entire month’s worth of meals, just try cooking one now and then to store in your freezer. When making a casserole, soup, or dish, double up and make two, then freeze one for a later date.

Check out the entire Freezer Series HERE to see what you missed!

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