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Monday, September 12, 2011

46 Feed The Freezer Meals In 4 Hours

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)
             - Orange Teriyaki Chicken
             - Cranberry Chicken
             - Slow Cooked BBQ Beef
#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.

#3Feed the freezer using TWO methods

Two 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.

Sample :
Cranberry Chicken
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 original recipe.

#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 the dish).

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 –

Do you have a recipe that freezes well? email it to us at trisha@247moms.com and we will share it with the 24/7 MOMS

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Anonymous Sandy Fowler said...

I just love 'multi-meals'. Even when you do it in small amounts or on the spur of the moment you save time, money and stress (and that's the biggie!)

Just this morning I made an impromptu purchase of a whole chicken and turned it into three meals so today's dinner is ready to pop in the oven and I not only know what we're having two other days this week, the most time consuming part of the meal is done. The best part is going to be when my hubby gets home - it was his week to cook:)

September 12, 2011 at 1:20 PM  
Anonymous Ellen Marie "Mama" Pike said...

This is a very helpful post on how to freeze meals. I have never done much of this so I need to give it a try!

September 12, 2011 at 6:43 PM  
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