Freezer Meals

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How do you squash the “what’s for dinner and who’s making it” debate? Freezer meals! How do you save hundreds of dollars and stop recognizing all the drive through attendant’s voices? Freezer meals!  How do you turn a father who’s “special dish” is Top Ramen into a hero ? Make ahead freezer meals!

As you can see I have a huge passion for freezer meal cooking.  My name is Karrie and I am a busy work-at-home mother of 4.  I am little bit disorganized and a free spirit. And make ahead freezer meals for a month have saved me.

Here’s how it started – After a few years of being married I gave birth to my first boy and girl. Yep! Twins. These twins sent my life into a busy chaotic whirlwind of diaper changes, feeding, chasing them around and trying to cook dinner for my family. Often times, when I had an especially busy exhausting day I would turn to fast food, or home cooked fast food for dinner like boxed Mac – n – Cheese, hot dogs or even cold cereal. I knew this wasn’t the food I wanted myself or my family to eat, but because of being exhausted and not wanting to spend an hour or two in the kitchen I would do the easy fast thing. It was during this time I heard about easy freezer meals for a month and decided to try it out. I cooked for a whole day in my kitchen and got 30 meals done. I felt so wonderful and the rest of that month I didn’t dread the dinner hour. My husband was so happy to have real cooking again and it was the start of my love of freezer cooking.

Make ahead freezer meals for a month are great for people:

  • Who have busy lives and don’t always have time to cook a nice meal.
  • People who eat at fast food a lot but want better healthy meals quick.
  • Brand new mothers who just had a baby and need to rest or enjoy every precious minute of a new one.
  • Folks who are sick, elderly or injured and cannot cook.
  • And let’s be honest…pretty much everyone else out there.

What can be frozen and what cannot?

There are a few items that don’t freeze well. Lettuce, cucumbers, bean sprouts, and raw potatoes will turn mushy when thawed. Hard boiled eggs will go rubbery so I avoid freezing those as well. Egg based sauces like mayonnaise will separate and curdle when thawed. And many dairy products such as cream, yogurt, cream cheese, sour cream and cottage cheese will sometimes go watery when thawed. However if I am using sour cream or cottage cheese in a dish that will be baked I usually have no issues.
Other than those main items you should be able to freeze most items and have your meal turn out.

What containers are good to use for easy freezer meals?

Gallon or quart sized plastic or re-usable freezer safe bags. Just make sure and get out as much air as possible by squishing the food around and flattening the bag as much as possible. Seal it tightly to avoid any spills or freezer burn as well. I have heard of people using re-usable gallon sized bags as well to save even more money. Ziploc freezer meal recipes are my most used freezer meals for a month.

Aluminum foil pans or your own baking dishes. Look for these at the dollar stores where you can often get a 3 pack for a dollar. For my big family of 6 I use the 9×13 sized containers for our meals. However if you are freezer meal cooking for two you can buy the smaller sized ones. Also check your local restaurant supply stores for multiple containers as well. You could also use your own glass or metal pans, but you want to make sure you have enough of them before you get started.

Plastic Tupperware or other plastic containers with sealed lids. I mainly use these for soups. They can take up a lot of room in the freezer so consider space when using them.

Here are some of my basic posts to get you started on freezer meal cooking.

Buy my brand new freezer meal cookbook — coming soon!!

Make Ahead Freezer Meals for Beginners

50 Freezer Meals in a Day

How to Prevent Freezer Burn

Freezer Meals for Two

Best Freezer meals recipes to start with (coming soon!)

Here are my favorite (tried & true) freezer meal recipes.

Breakfast

Homemade Sweet Milk Waffles

 

Dinners

Chicken Enchiladas

Homemade Easy Lasagna 

Homemade Chicken Pot Pie

Fried Rice for the freezer

Creamy Cheesy Broccoli Soup

 

Desserts

The Master Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe (freezer friendly)

 

Healthy Freezer Meals

Honey Lime Chicken

 Homemade Whole wheat bread

 

Slow Cooker Freezer Meals

Slow cooker Chicken Broccoli Alfredo over Pasta

Sweet & sour chicken 

Slow cooker Roast Beef French Dip Sandwiches

Beef Barley Stew

 

Easy Freezer Meals

Roast Beef French Dip Sandwiches

Beef Barley Stew

Slow cooker Chicken Broccoli Alfredo over Pasta

 

Other things you will find in my freezer

Homemade Chicken broth

Freezing Blueberries

Homemade Beef Broth

Rendered Tallow 

 

Freezer meals can be invaluable to parents as we try to juggle our busy lives.  Preparing a freezer full of Freezer Meals is one of the best things I’ve ever done to help my family of six and save me money. I hope you dig in, give freezer meals a try and save yourself time and money.

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Comments

  1. Dolly Gunter says:

    Just beginning to do cooking in bulk…. Did it once years a go. But it was all chicken, loved it, can’t find the how too now. It was a step my step, as far as the order of what to to when. Loved t!

  2. I’m joining a freezer club in a few weeks, this email could not have come at a better time!
    Thank You for the tips!

  3. Love your posts! Keep it up please!

  4. Love freezer meals! Will be teaching freezer meal classes in the Sacramento area. Feel free to connect with me if interested.

  5. I came across your website on Pinterest and thank goodness I did. I’m expecting my first baby in March and cannot wait to start preparing my freezer meals – what a great way to save time and energy. Thank you so much for posting all of these recipes!!

  6. I’ve been doing this for years with my husband being an over the road trucker. I portion the meals and put them into bags to seal on the vacuum sealer. After they’re frozen, he can take them in his plug in cooler and they will stay frozen for the week where he can reheat them in his microwave. I also pre-cook his rice and all his sides and do them the same way. When re-heated, the rice fluffs back up. He saves so much money and doesn’t have to eat the junk at the truck stops! We’ve made soups, BBQ chicken, BBQ ribs, and even Coquilles St Jacque with angel hair pasta!!

  7. I’m wondering how flour tortillas freeze? I have a great recipe that I’d like to try as a freezer meal. Thanks for your tips! I really appreciate the knowledge.

    • Happy.MoneySaver says:

      I have always had great experiences with freezing flour tortillas in freezer meals. I have found that if you freeze a bunch of them in a stack the tortillas do tend to stick together so you can separate them with plastic or wax paper. You definitely should try out your freezer meal! Good luck!

    • Flour tortillas freeze really well. I make homemade breakfast burritos all the time with flour tortillas and then I wrap them in plastic wrap and put them in food storage bags and then freeze.

  8. What other dough besides pie could be used for the Chicken Pot Pie? Example: crescent dough, or something like that. Could beef also be used?
    We cook up Hamburger with seasonings for Sloppy Joes, or Spaghetti, etc. Made hamburger cheese bacon patties and froze. Cooked up hamburger in 1lb. batches for hamburger helper. Made Breakfast burritos, waffles and muffins and froze for easy Bkfst. Did lasagna rolls instead of a whole pan. Was easier to pull out just enough for whom ever wanted some. I can’t wait to try some of the ideas in here. Love the idea of getting a group together. Could get bulk stuff from like SAMS, Costco etc and split the cost and save. :-)

  9. Hey! I just wanted to stop in and say I love your recipes! Out of all the other pins on pinterest your blog is one my favorite regarding freezer meals. You have very detailed recipes and also a great variety. Thanks!

  10. Love this idea! Do you have a shopping list for the months meals? I would love to give this a try!

    • Linda Walker says:

      I would like a shopping list too! By the way, I love, love, love your emails and your site! I am SO sorry to hear about Miss Ginger, I’ve lost pets and know how you and your family feel. But she will be waiting for you all at The Rainbow Bridge! If you have never heard of it, look it up, it’s very comforting!!!

  11. Charisse says:

    Hello. Thank you for your site! I am new to this was wondering, when you take a meal out of the freezer, how do you thaw it to heat it up? Do you take it out a day in advance? Do you defrost in microwave? What is your preference? Thanks!

  12. Natalie says:

    Hi there!
    I just wanted to say that as a single student with an incredibly busy schedule I am very grateful to have found your website. Thank you so much for all of the time and effort you put into making this as easy to understand as possible- I cannot wait to get started!

    Thanks again and sending good thoughts your way (from Canada :D)

  13. Debra Tai says:

    About 14 years ago (when I had my first child), I learned the greatness of freezer meals. As a fulltime mother, employee, and at one point, a college student I found that I could not afford not to make meals in advance. I have several favorites that I prepare on the weekends as needed.

    Meatloaf Chili Beans Oriental Chicken Meatballs
    Chicken Soup Hamburgers Spaghetti Sauce Alfredo Sauce
    Ziti Turkey Breast n Gravy Taco Meat
    Shredded Chicken Taco Mashed Potatoes

    Thank Goodness for freezers. Most of these meals and simple heat and serve items. Some of them require a little bit of mixing or cooking after thawed (such as using the mashed potato leftovers and mixing with can salmon to make Salmon Potato Patties).

  14. Melissa says:

    Karrie:

    I too am a fan of home made freezer meals. They also make great gifts. If you want to do something really special for someone for Christmas or any other occasion, make some freezer meals and give a busy friend or relative some relaxation time during the dinner hour. They will bless you for it!

  15. Hi!

    I stumbled upon your website while browsing through Pinterest, and I’m so glad I did!
    Some previous comments already suggested this, but I think it’d be an amazing addition to your website if you provided weekly or monthly grocery lists with recipes that go along with them. Most recipes only ask for portions of what I get from groceries (I buy in bulks to get better deals), and the rest of the food goes to waste because as a beginner in making my own meals, I just don’t know what to make out of the leftover ingredients!

    That’s just my opinion, but really, thank you very much for your blog. I love how thorough your recipes are it’s so helpful!!

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