My freezer is not just hungry it is starving. Back in June we arrived home from our camping trip to a melted freezer, yes our filled freezer had turned off while we were away only to become a messy puddle surrounding our freezer. With a busy summer of traveling I had decided to wait to begin feeding my freezer full of meals until school began again as I knew we would be on the go and our at home meals would be limited.
School is back in and the after school craziness has begun and not only is my freezer hungry but so is my family so it is time to begin feeding my freezer full of meals ready and waiting to be eaten by my family.
Where do I begin? I found a great article that inspired me that feeding my freezer can not only save me time but money as well. A Tutrle's Life
shares her own experience creating 46 meals in 4 hours and how she saves money. Click here
to read her article.
How to feed the freezer :
Even if you have limited freezer space or only own few freeze-able containers what I am about to share with you can and will work for you as well.
#1 – Choose recipes that freeze well
- Google recipes
- Purchase freezer cookbooks
- Check out freezer cookbooks from your local library
- A few of our Favorite Recipes ( click on each one for full recipe)
#2 – Make a plan
- Make a grocery list and do your shopping to prepare for your cooking time.
- Choose when you will create these meals
o Schedule a separate Cooking day or evening
o Double/triple recipes as you make your nightly dinners, freezing the 2nd or 3rd recipe you made.
#3 – Feed the freezer using TWO methods
simple ways to freeze your meals that take up minimal space and will
now leave you with plenty of room for your Ice Cream and Eggo's
Two simple methods :
#1 Freezer Bag Method
This method is used for your meals that are liquid-based and semi solid foods that do not need to hols a particular shape. Such as soups, chilis and stews or your semi-solid foods such as meats in marinades, stroganoffs, pre-cooked meats. etc.
Step 1 –
Label your bag with date, content and quantity and cooking instructions
if you desire. Believe me, once it is frozen it can be very difficult
to determine what is actually inside your now frozen zip bag or the
quantity it will feed.
4 chicken Breasts
Step 2 – Insert food into freezer zip bags.
Step 3 –
Squeeze out as much of the air as possible so you can store them as
FLAT bags and stack them on top of each other in your freezer.
Step 4 – On
serving day, remove from freezer and either place in refrigerator on a
pan or plate allowing to thaw completely or use the defrost on your
microwave for seedy defrosting. Then cook the meal as directed in the
#2 Wrap method with Foil/Plastic wrap
This method is used for your solid food items that
need to hold a particular shape/form such as lasagna, meatloaf,
enchiladas and casseroles.
Cool your food first prior to using this method.
Step 1 – Choose the pan/Pyrex dish you want to use for the proportion/size of meal you want to freeze.
Step 2 – Line
it with foil wrap first then with a layer of plastic wrap (be sure to
use a large enough piece of each to cover the bottom, sides and top of
Step 3 – Fill the dish with the size meal you are wanting to freeze.
Step 4 – When
food is completely cooled, seal/cover with the plastic wrap, removing
as much air as possible. Then seal/cover with the foil.
Step 5 – Now
place the meal still in the pan into your freezer. Once the item has
become frozen solid remove it from the pan and place it into a freezer
bag. (Be sure to label the bag with the contents.)
Step 6 –
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Labels: Freezer Cooking/Meals, Meal Planning, Meal Time