As I sat preparing for my next freezer meal marathon, I knew it was time to share what I have learned with you. I started making freezer meals about 3 years ago. There has been loads of research, experiments and some pretty remarkable failures. Haha! But every time I make a freezer meal, I learn something new.
One of the experiments was how to go about making freezer meals. There are multiple methods to packing your freezer: making extra and freezing it, making one to two dishes a weekend or dedicating one day every month (or two) to a marathon session. I prefer to give a day to freezer meal prep, and then reap the rewards for at least a month! Play around with it and figure out a routine that works for you and your family.
Start with a list of what you want to make. (Avoid: foods high in water content like melon or potatoes, recipes with soft dairy like milk/cream or sour cream, and casseroles with cooked potatoes or rice.) Once you have your list together it’s time to organize your recipes. Make a list of the ingredients you’ll need to buy for each recipe and organize into a shopping list.
Go shopping! To make your dollar go further buy in bulk wherever possible.
Let’s get cooking! Group recipes by main ingredient. For example, all your recipes with ground beef, then all the recipes with chicken and finally the recipes with sausage. Specifically if I’m making lasagna sauce, I’ll use the simmer time to assemble burritos or make enchilada filling. The more you can juggle at once the faster you finish!
Package & Label: First, you need quality packaging. I use a variety of Glad Press n’ Seal, Ziploc Freezer Bags, plastic wrap, foil pans and reusable plastic containers. You WILL NOT remember what is what or when you made it… Invest in some permanent markers and labels; include contents, date frozen and directions for cooking on each item.
What is on my freezer meal menu?
- Chicken Taquitos
- Spicy Breakfast Burritos
- Lasagna (family-size & single-serve portions)
- Garlic Toast
- Marinara Sauce
- Ravioli Bake (family-size & single-serve portions)
- Beef & Cheese Burritos
- Peanut Butter Blossoms
- Chicken Parmesan
- Enchilada Filling
- Yeast Rolls
- Chicken Pot Pie Turnovers
- Pizza Dough
- Meat Lovers Calzones
- Pie Crust – bulk
What questions do you have about making freezer meals? Leave them in the comments and I’ll be happy to answer them! Until later, happy meal prepping!
See my post on Saving Money by Freezing to learn what you can freeze to save money!
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