Cooking in Quantity Group Freeze Meals

Freezer MealsFreezer meals are one of the best ways to have "fast foods” available when you don’t want to cook, don’t have time to cook, have family members coming and going with no time to sit down to a family meal or when hubby needs a hot lunch.  One shelf in a 30 cubic foot freezer will hold 60-3 1/2 cup containers.  This is a two-month supply for a family of  four.  Just think— with your own "fast foods” you could put McDonald’s out of business (or at least your family’s business).

I have organized a number of "Freezer Groups” and been putting freezer meals away for years.  If you are interested in organizing a freezer group here are the instructions.  If you just want to make "freezer meals” for your family, check next weeks blog for time saving techniques for that process.

Step#1—Choose Your Group:  4 people is a good size group—that way each person only has to make 16 containers of food to exchange.  It is best to have the same size families in the group, but it is not imperative.  A larger family will use 2 or more containers per meal, whereas a small family only one.

Step#2—Set Your Meeting Time: Choose the day of the month and the time of the day you want to meet.  The meeting time needs to be consistent.  The meeting will take less than an hour unless you use this time to visit with your friends as well.

Step#3—Individual Members Responsibilities:     
  • Freezer MealsChoose a recipe to prepare for the group. A variety of main ingredients is recommended   
  • Fill 16 (4 for each person in your group) 3 1/2 cup Glad flat containers with the chosen recipe. Each container will feed 3-4 people.
  • Label the containers with the entrée name & date.  Freeze if possible before the monthly meeting.   
  • Prepare a recipe for each person in the group.  There should be a basic recipe & an extended recipe.
  • The recipe should also include directions for preparing the entrée (ie. Defrost & cook in microwave for 10 min, etc).
  • Put the total cost of the entrée on the recipe   
  • Put each members 4 containers in a plastic grocery bag & label with their name   
  • Check your list to see who will host the group each month.  No phone calls will be made.
Step#4—Monthly Meeting Agenda:
  • Meet once a month   
  • Exchange entrees   
  • Choose entrees for the coming month   
  • Give feedback on entrees used and your family's response   
  • Settle finances (see worksheet).
Step#5—Financial Worksheet               
  • Amount spent: Each member gives the hostess an accounting of their contribution.  The amount spent by all 4 participants is then totaled.   
  • Average amount spent:  Divide total by number of members    
  • Balance:  Subtract the amount that each person spent from the average.  This is the amount each person owes (-) or should be paid (+)by other members. The person(s) who paid less than the average, puts that amount in the "pot”.  Those who paid more than the average, take the overage from the "pot”    
  • Reconcile:  If each member brings $10 in $1 bills and change, the reconciliation (money exchange) will be very easy.
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