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This cookbook delivers a programme for readers to cook a week or month's work of meals in just one day, by using easy and affordable recipes to create a customized meal plan....

Title : Frozen Assets: Cook for a Day, Eat for a Month
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ISBN : 9781402218590
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 237 Pages
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Frozen Assets: Cook for a Day, Eat for a Month Reviews

  • Elizabeth
    2019-06-11 05:43

    This book describes a wonderfully efficient system for make-ahead cookery. It describes how to prepare things in a way so that you are just saving as much time as possible for preparing a ton of meals. The system could be adapted to different recipes, of course.The recipes ARE GROSS. I'm sad to say we made almost all the recipes in the first example of a month. And, I enjoyed 2 things that I still remember:Bacon, Egg, and Cheese biscuits (obviously good), that you freeze ahead. And Spaghetti Pie (Sounds gross, and looks gross, but tastes better than anything else in the book. It is a sort of quiche.)We threw out a LOT of chile and I can't remember what else because we made everything and couldn't eat it. It was just yucky.

  • Wendy
    2019-06-11 05:01

    As we prepare for the arrival of our 3rd child, I appreciate the idea behind freezer cooking. I'm not sure I'd ever actually cook for an 8 hour day and then eat that stuff all month, but I got some good tips about what kinds of things freeze well, etc. The bulk of the book is recipes, which I thought were the weak point. Most sounded too bland, and the one that I tried (Scalloped Potatoes and Ham) seemed to have some key ingredients out of proportion. (ie 1 pound of ham to split across 5 dinners for a family of 4.) I wouldn't buy it, but it wasn't a waste of time to read.

  • Sue
    2019-05-27 02:33

    This is a good idea - cooking a number of meals at once, freezing them and then defrosting and cooking as needed. But I was shocked at how often the same exact meal or some minor variation should up in the monthly plan. I prefer not to eat the same thing for supper twice in one month. Except pizza. I make an exception for pizza.

  • Kisha
    2019-06-24 02:43

    I think the concept is nice. The implementation could use a little work. I was surprised at how the same recipes appeared in different sections as repeats. I mean, I get that they fall in multiple categories but it seemed a lot like padding for page count rather than convenience. Beyond the recipes, though, the instructions and tips included also repeated. I didn't find anything that I was super excited to make. I always prefer my cookbooks to have photos as well.

  • Laura
    2019-05-25 23:38

    This is an interesting concept, and one that I've used in a modified form for a while (like keeping a couple of frozen meals in the fridge for 'emergencies'). I'm not sure it would work for every family - the meals that tend to freeze well are casserole-like, and my family can only tolerate a casserole once or twice a week. The freezing tips and budget shopping tips here are great. I would actually like to read more from her on budget-living, because she seemed realistic and I liked her conversational tone.Most of the recipes in here are not that good, or were at least not to my family's liking. The breakfast recipes were by far the strongest.I got some new information from this, mainly on freezing techniques and portioning. You could easily adapt her techniques to your own recipes - the appendixes at the back give ingredient-freezing tips and as long as you followed them, you could adapt to your heart's desire.Worth checking out if you're considering this and haven't done it before.

  • Melanie
    2019-06-04 05:01

    I like the concept behind this book, and her directions are pretty clear, but I'm blanching at the idea of having to cook so many things at once (and in a lot of cases it doesn't seem like it saves much time if you're having to reheat everything from frozen, though it may save actual recipe steps). Her tips on how to do this are really helpful and well spelled out.The outputs on these recipes vary so widely that it makes the book feel disjointed. Some recipes yield only 4-6 servings, others 24, and that's a heck of a lot of variation. I guess you're supposed to split up some of the recipes but not others. I do wonder about food safety when ot comes to cooling and freezing large quantities of food all at once. Also, the lovely cover image of a vegetable lasagna is deceiving because there is NO SUCH RECIPE in the book. Just "lazy lasagna" which is veggieless. Many recipes appear multiple times under different sections, and the recipe for "ham and cheese quiche" is identical to the "broccoli quiche" recipe, so that's a major editing error.

  • Lacey Louwagie
    2019-06-08 23:51

    Yes, I really did give a cookbook five stars.And I haven't tried a single recipe in it.But the idea! The idea of being able to put in a full day of cooking *once a month* and have healthy, easy meals to eat the full month through, not to mention all the money it saves on instant foods and eating out, has me so thrilled that I've marked April 20 as my "cook for the month" day, I've picked out my four recipes (which will yield nearly 60 servings for Ivan and me), and we're on the hunt for a chest freezer.I gave this book five stars because it's the first book I've read in a while that *I just couldn't put down*. I returned to it the instant I could, hungry to internalize everything in it before I had to return it to the library. I breezed through most of the recipes, since many of them are meat-based, but the recipes aren't important -- it's the principle. The principle!We'll see whether I still love this idea so much once I've given it a try. :)

  • Cindy
    2019-06-26 05:36

    A good freezer cookbook. Some tasty sounding recipes and a cooking plan, based on if you want to cook once a month, twice a month, or ten days at a time. Some of the recipes are repeated, but that wasn't a big issue for me. No pictures (there never are in these books), but some good tips. The prices are all out of date, since the book was written in 1999, but I still like the idea. I don't think I'll ever cook a month at a time. What if the power goes out? You lose all that food and money. And we have too much other stuff crammed in our freezer. But I like the idea of making triple batch of recipes, serving one for dinner, and freezing the other two for later. I'm planning on trying the chicken curry and maybe one or two others.

  • Kristi
    2019-05-30 05:33

    This is one of the numerous cook for a day and eat for a month cookbooks that I have read and found the layout of the book extremely helpful. I do like that she combines chicken recipes, beef recipes, etc. I have not made any of the recipes so I cannot rate the quality of them but I will say that I have seen recipes with ingredients that look more appealing in other OAMC cookbooks.

  • Alissa
    2019-06-20 00:47

    I was disappointed in the recipes. There were quite a few repeats throughout the book and all very simple, which I don't think I would want bland foods forever even if it came from the freezer. I found some of the money saving tips and the overall principles of the book helpful and somewhat interesting.

  • Becka
    2019-06-17 03:56

    I can't comment on the recipes because I haven't tried any yet. However, the book is inspirational. I have been freezing leftovers lately to avoid waste. It is handy to have a quick meal for lunch or dinner on busy days. It seems intimidating to expand that to a full day of cooking. This book does a good job of giving tips on how to make the process manageable.

  • Meadow
    2019-06-13 04:56

    I have this plan that I am going to cook more. Many of the meals in this book don't really sound delicious to me but the main points of cooking and freezing make sense. We will see how the plan goes.Okay, so I still have the plan. But currently no freezer space. Also, it is hard to cook and eat at home when I am not actually at home.

  • Terri
    2019-06-04 02:01

    Frozen Assets: How to Cook for a Day and Eat for a Month is written for the cook who has little or no experience with "once a month cooking." The first 37 pages are general 'how-to' instructions. The recipes are just okay but the directions for a once a month cooking session leave much to be desired.

  • Sheree
    2019-06-03 02:47

    Love the idea of cooking for a day and eating for a month, that's the consept behind this book. You can also vary it to cook all your chicken receipes on one day and beef another. It has good recepies and if you can swing it it works out great I did it a few times but when the meals ran out I had not planned a cooking day again so it didn't happen.

  • Kristin
    2019-06-13 23:37

    Interesting concept, but the recipes included are not the sort of thing I tend to cook. However, I'm definitely thinking of trying out the concept on a small scale with some of the more freezer-friendly meals that I make regularly.

  • Angie
    2019-06-26 04:37

    4 stars for the efficiency and details to make everything go quickly but 2 stars for the recipes. I say get it from the library, read if you want to learn about a system of freezer cooking then return it and use your own favorite recipes.

  • Tatiana
    2019-06-07 02:35

    The recipes themselves aren't so wonderful (except for the chicken curry and broccoli quiche), but the concept is great. Definitely a good primer for the first time you try to cook a batch for your freezer!

  • Alison
    2019-06-18 01:39

    Good advice on how to get started with freezer meals.

  • Jess Gill
    2019-05-29 02:03

    not as nicely organized as the lite & easy version, less appealing recipes.

  • Naomi
    2019-06-08 04:34

    An ok freezer meal cookbook, not the best that I have seen. I found only a couple reipes to try. She does do a good job explaining the concept and how to save a little money.

  • Pinn
    2019-06-03 03:50

    trying to save money and work out a way to eat well, even when I am getting home at 10 three nights a week. This is helping.

  • Andie
    2019-06-21 05:52

    Very helpful book! I can't wait to get started!

  • Jess Van Dyne-Evans
    2019-06-20 03:42

    This makes sense! I'm not sure I'm organized enough, although I do pretty well...

  • Rebekah
    2019-06-04 07:01

    Probably most helpful to the novice. Her shopping lists and day of ideas were helpful, but few of her recipes seemed like things my family would eat.

  • Lynda
    2019-06-25 05:03

    This is the best of the books on once-a-month cooking.

  • Katie
    2019-05-30 23:38

    The recipes in this book are far too boring.

  • Naomi
    2019-06-15 05:34

    Simpler recipes than some cook-for-a-month books I've seen. Uses mainly ground beef, whole chicken and legumes as proteins.

  • Amy Pfeiffer
    2019-06-23 04:41

    I like the idea, but some of the recipes are fairly unhealthy. A little too much cream of mushroom soup for my liking.