While I was a fairly slow convert to freezer cooking, now I can’t imagine how I did without it. This week has been particularly hectic as I dealt with a troubling situation at my son’s school, found a new school for him to attend and prepared to attend the Relevant Conference. Yet, because my freezer was stocked with tasty meals, I did not have to resort to fast food or eating out. I simply pulled meals from the freezer.
There are plenty of women before me who have advocated freezer cooking, and Deanna Buxton is one of those women. Deanna began freezer cooking in 1999 when her four children, ages 4 to 12, were involved in baseball. She would get home too late to cook and was frustrated to be feeding her family fast food or making them wait until she could cook a full meal. The first time she cooked 30 meals in one day she was exhausted and vowed not to do it again! However, she soon refined her method, and began teaching her method at women’s groups. By 2002 she had published her first book, Dinner Is Ready. Her product line continued to increase, and now she has several cookbooks and compatible software available.
I have the complete 30 Meals in One Day system (R.V. $95), and I love it! Included in this system are–
-3 cookbooks—Dinner Is Ready, Lunch Is Ready and On the Side
– 30 Meals in One Day Software and User’s Manual
-White Recipe Labels
There are many reasons why I love this system. First, both the Lunch Is Ready and Dinner Is Ready cookbooks contain 14 chapters at the beginning of the book that lay out all you need to know about freezer cooking and making it easier on yourself.
I have been doing Once a Month Cooking since last fall, but I learned quite a bit by reading these chapters. I have taken her advice to shop on one day and prep all of my vegetables before the actual freezer cooking day. That made such a difference in my cooking time! Before I would chop my onion and other veggies at the beginning of the freezer cooking day, which could add 30 to 60 minutes to my work time; this time, I just had to reach for the chopped veggies in the refrigerator as I needed them.
This system also advocates choosing separate methods of cooking—for instance, pick two slow cooker recipes, two assembly recipes, two oven recipes, two stove top recipes, etc. and the cookbooks are broken down into chapters for each of the different methods of cooking. By using this method on my most recent freezer cooking day, I was able to make 22 meals, 64 muffins and 7 breakfast burritos in 6.5 hours.
But what really puts this system over the top is the software. Install this software into your computer and choose the recipes you are planning on cooking. The software creates a grocery list for you that tells you all the items you will need broken down by section in the grocery store and the exact amounts of what you will need. You can also use the software to add other items not related to your freezer cooking that you will need to buy at the grocery store.
If you are new to freezer cooking, this is the perfect system to get you started. If you are a veteran, you will still learn some information from this system. No matter your knowledge level, this system will help streamline your freezer cooking days. My only wish is that the books contained the nutritional information.
Curious what the recipes are like in this book? In a word, tasty, but one that we really enjoyed was Cola BBQ.
If you would like to buy it, use the code CAROUSEL to receive free shipping.
Additionally, if you make a purchase on the 30 Meals in One Day website before the giveaway and end up being the winner of this giveaway, Deanna will refund you the $32 it would cost to buy the cookbook and software on their website, or if you elect to buy the entire 30 Meals in One Day system complete with 3 cookbooks and software for all and you end up being the winner, she will discount your purchase price by $32.
Deanna Buxton has offered to give away the Dinner Is Ready cookbook and software, a retail value of $40.
To enter this giveaway, simply go to 30 Meals in One Day, go to the recipe section and come back here and tell me which recipe you would like to try.
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This giveaway will end on Wednesday, November 3rd. The winner will be chosen via random.org. Make sure you include your e-mail address when you enter.
I received sponsorship from 30 Meals in One Day to attend the Relevant Conference. (Thank you!) All opinions are my own.