Being a mom of 3 kids and business owner my day is usually very busy. By the time I drop the boys off at school I have a to-do list that’s a mile long. Sometimes I either just don’t have the energy to cook or just don’t have the time. That’s where freezer cooking comes into play. I’m able to just pull dinner from the freezer and pop it in the oven. Easy peasy.
What’s freezer cooking?
Freezer cooking is when you cook a bunch of meals ahead of time that can go from freezer to plate quickly and with little to no prep work.
What doesn’t freeze well?
There are a few things that don’t freeze well. Like lettuce, cucumbers,cabbage,and potatoes. I also don’t recommend egg based sauces like mayonnaise. Hard boiled eggs can’t be frozen because they become rubbery, so I also don’t freeze them.
What Do I recommend freezing your meals in?
This depends on what you’re planning the dinners for. Lets say you’re making a pot a soup for one night’s dinner I would use gallon size freezer bags. If you’re going to portion that pot of soup out I would use either smaller zip lock bags OR containers like these.
If you’re making a pan of something like spaghetti or a casserole I would freeze them in these type of pans. Some people don’t like using aluminum pans so you could buy these type of pans.
I don’t like casseroles! Does that mean I can’t freezer cook?
Absolutely not. Everything you cook for the freezer doesn’t have to be a casserole. It can be soup,chilli, and stew. If none of those tickle your fancy you can even prepare recipes that you love up to a point where you can throw them in the pan and have dinner ready in no time.
Maybe you like tacos. Go ahead and brown your hamburger meat and then freeze. When you’re ready to cook throw the meat in a pan with some taco seasoning and you’re set.
How to prepare freezer meals
Planning is the most important part when it comes to meal planning. If you skip or don’t plan as well as you should you’re going to be frustrated and miserable.
- What are you going to cook? You need to know what you’re cooking and how many of each recipe you are going to cook.
- What ingredients do you need? Make a list of everything you’re going to need. Don’t try to remember anything make sure it’s all on paper.
- Have you shopped your pantry? Before you head out to the store make sure you shop your pantry for ingredients you already have.
- What are you going to freeze your dinners in? Bags? containers? Pans?
- Do you have dish soap?
- Do you have enough time? Make sure you have enough time to cook and clean. You don’t want to cook and then leave a mess that you’ll have to worry about later.
- When are you going to cook? I would suggest a day where you can just focusing on freezer cooking and don’t also have to run after your children.
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Preparing to cook
Are you making multiples of the same recipe? If so make is easier for yourself by multiplying the ingredients by how many you’re making. If you’re making Spaghetti make enough sauce the first time for all 3 or 4 of your pans. You don’t have to cook everything individually.
If your need noodles for your pans boil them all at the same time and make an assembly line.
To get you off to a good start here are some of my favourite recipes to freeze
Easy Breakfast Freezer meals
Lunch & Dinner freezer meals