Get Started: Five Easy Steps and Resources for Starting Freezer Cooking
If you are new around these parts here are some things that you need to know to help you along the way. This is also a comprehensive list of all the great posts we have highlighted for our Get Started series. You can spend HOURS alone reading through all of these resources. In order to help you Get Started quickly here are the basic steps you need to take first. Following that you will find further information and reading should you decide you need more information.
Get Started Basic Steps
- Pick which Menu BEST suits you. Here are links to explain a little more about each one. We also have this fun infographic to help!
- Pick Your Membership
- Basic Membership- With membership, you get access to serving size customizable recipe cards, freezer directions, organized grocery lists, step-by-step cooking day instructions, and printable labels for eight different menu types.
- Pro Membership- With a Pro membership, you get access to all of the above as well as the ability to mix and match recipes between menus with Swappable! Do you eat Paleo and your spouse is Vegetarian? No problem- you can create a menu that is half Paleo/half Vegetarian. Find a giant sale on boneless chicken? Swap out all of the beef recipes on this month’s menu for chicken. You also have the ability to save up to three menus for future access.
- Print Your Documents
- Grocery List
- Recipe Cards
- Thaw Sheet
- Cooking Day Instructions
- Prep Instructions
Each type of menu and each monthly menu varies in the time it takes to do from start to finish. In addition, your efficiency and quickness in preparation, cooking and clean up is also variable. However, we usually estimate the following as average times needed.
- Shopping – 2-3 hours in total
- Night Before Preparation (Chopping, etc) – 1-2 hours
- Cooking the Day of – 6-12 hours
The cost is also variable. Factors for this menu include region of the country, access to sale goods, produce crops, and use of coupons. It also varies by size of family. For a family of 4 for *most* of our menus you can expect to pay somewhere between $150-$300 for all the ingredients for all of the meals. It usually averages between$2.50-$6.00 an entree for 4 servings.
We have outlined a TON of resources for you this month. As I mentioned earlier it can take you hours to look through everything. We highly recommend any and all of these posts but thought we would outline all of them throughout the series here. Hopefully you will find one or more of them useful to you.
Testimonies – How OAMM contributing writers do oamc cooking
- Swappable Tutorial
- Saving and printing google documents (for menus PRIOR to October 2013)
- Basic equipment to have on hand
- Extra equipment to have on hand
- Basic equipment for making baby food
- First foods for baby
- The life of a Once A Month Mom menu (For menus PRIOR to October 2013. The new system has a similar process)
- How to use a Foodsaver for freezing
- What to do with kids during oamc
- Group Cooking- Getting Started
- Saving money on your once a month cooking
- Budgeting for once a month cooking
- Stocking your pantry list
- Shopping for oamc when on food assistance
Food Preparation and Storage Resources
- What you CAN and CANNOT freeze
- Freezer containers
- Freezer inventories
- Making your own baby food
- How to freeze and store baby food
- How long do meals last?
- How to thaw frozen meals
Adjusting to Space Issues
- OAMC in a small kitchen
- OAMC in a medium or large kitchen
- OAMC with an apartment freezer
- OAMC with a side-by-side freezer