Jan 012006

By Shelley Miller

I love it when people discover how versatile the software is. You don’t have to be freezer cooking at the moment in order to make it useful. So, if you’re putting your Thanksgiving menu together at the last minute, let the software make your grocery list for you! I have a fast and furious method for entering new recipes that will have you braving the lines at the grocery store in no time.


  1. Enter the recipe name and category.

  2. Enter the recipe ingredients (but not the instructions!)

  3. Print the recipe and slip it into a page protector.

  4. Drop the recipe card with the cooking instructions into the page protector with the printed recipe. (Photocopy any recipes used from cookbooks.)

  5. Create a cooking day in the software and add the recipes on your menu. Don’t forget to change the recipe quantities to reflect the number of people you’re feeding.

  6. Print the grocery report.

  7. Detour through the kitchen for a quick inventory. Eliminate any items on the grocery list that are already stocked in your kitchen.

At some point, you might need to go back and add the instructions to the recipe. (But then again, maybe not!) If you leave the Thanksgiving Cooking Day in your database, you’ll have a head start for next year’s dinner, as well as a reminder of what you served this year!

Carol Santee

Carol is the co-author of the Big Book of Freezer Cooking and the author of 30 Day Gourmet’s Slow Cooker Freezer Favorites, Freezer Lunches To Go and Healthy Freezer Cooking eBooks. She is a computer information specialist and works for a computer software company.

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