I've helped quite a few people get started cooking freezer meals over the course of the last few years and there's one question that keep coming up. This question usually comes up sometime during the first frantic week of planning, shopping for and preparing freezer meals. The person will look up at me with a completely lost look in their eyes and will ask, "Are freezer meals really worth all this work?"
If you're looking for a method of cooking that requires no work at all, freezer meals aren't that method. There is no magic freezer meal fairy who will sneak into your house at night and fill your freezer with delicious meals. Making large batches of multiple meals in a single day requires a lot of planning, preparation and, yes, a good deal of actual work.
The Main Benefit of Freezer Meals
While freezer meals do require work, I would say they are indeed worth the effort because they require significantly less work when it matters most. You spend one day cooking a week, every couple of weeks or even once a month, once you get good at it, and you'll be able to go on cruise control in the kitchen until it's time for another cook day. Instead of spending an hour in front of the stove preparing food every night, a few hours of work on the weekend affords you the ability to pull a meal from the freezer, toss it in the slow cooker, a pot on the stove or the oven and have it ready with minimal effort the rest of the week.