Making 50 Freezer Meals in one Day



Who’s ready to cook all day long for a month’s worth of freezer meals?

When you tell your family you’re having frozen dinner do they run the other way and only the dog looks happy? Maybe it’s time to introduce them and yourself to homemade Freezer meals. Cooking a month of meals for the freezer all in one day makes for a stress-free and often quick meal time for busy families.

Once upon a time, long,  long ago, I used to make a few month’s worth of freezer meals all in one day. Not having to cook for a month was heavenly and I didn’t miss working every day in the kitchen. It has been a few years since those cooking adventures, and I was itching to do it again. Having four children all in after-school dance and sports programs, life is very busy. There are some nights that we don’t get home to eat dinner together until around 7 or 8pm.  Last week when I looked around the dinner table and saw everyone eating Cheerios for dinner I decided it was time to do some freezer cooking. 🙂

I know the idea of cooking a month of meals in one day seems impossible or crazy but it can be done. For those of you who don’t want to spend the whole day cooking here is a helpful hint: For Freezer cooking you can try to just double or triple your recipes all the time, eating the one you made for dinner and freezing the others for later. This way you are  constantly building your meals.

The other option is you can put on the apron, roll up your sleeves, kiss the kids goodbye, and do freezer cooking all in one day like I did. To take the load off some people even create freezer meal groups with friends, making meals and meeting to swap freezer meals so everyone comes home with a variety of meals. This would be really fun , however I have never done it myself (hint to all my friends out there).

Having a stockpile of Freezer meals is invaluable especially when you get sick for a few days or weeks, have a baby, or just have a hard day and don’t feel like cooking.

The key to Freezer cooking is preparation. If you are prepared it can make all the difference in your busy day.

freezer meals featured

Cooking Freezer Meals in a Day Process

Step #1 – Go through what you already have. Time to use up some of the food you have on hand to save yourself money. Then you can go through all the sales ads for the week and find things that are on sale or seasonal.  After taking those things into consideration make your list of meals you want to make. List them all out! On another sheet of paper list each ingredient you need for each of those meals x how many items.

Step #2 – Go shopping, get all your supplies. Here is my HUGE list of freezer cooking essentials.  

Step #3 – Clean your kitchen, prepare your freezer (make room), make sure you have enough dishes & pots. I like having a couple sets of measuring spoons and cups on hand.

Step #4 – Decide on paper the order in which you will cook your meals. This will help you stay focused when you are doing a ton of things at the same time.

Step #5 – Clear your schedule for a day – then cook all day long!

Step #6 – Clean your kitchen – it will be a huge mess, so be prepared….(or better yet, make your spouse do it – it’s only fair…)

Freezer Meals

I have a regular freezer and a deep freezer. This smaller freezer only held about 30 meals and the other 20 are in my deep freezer.

Here are the FREEZER FRIENDLY meals I made and quantities:

Grand Total = 50 Meals all cooked in one day

I also made homemade breakfast burritos – using hash browns, bacon, eggs and cheese. Those will be perfect for some quick breakfast meals.

Making a ton of freezer meals all in one day can be extremely rewarding and save you a lot of time.  If you have made freezer meals what are your favorite freezer friendly recipes?

—> See ALL of my Freezer Meals recipes here.

Also check out my huge list of freezer meal supplies you will need to get before you start.  And if you do happen to do your 50 freezer meals in a day cooking marathon, take some pictures and share them on instagram with me! Use hashtag #50freezermealsinaday . I absolutely LOVE to see you do your freezer meal cooking!


Making 50 Freezer Meals in one Day was last modified: May 18th, 2016 by Karrie

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  1. Good job! 50 meals done is awesome. You definitely gave me some good ideas for helping to stock up our freezer meals, those recipes look delicious. Thank you for posting!

    • You’re welcome Kelli – Happy freezer cooking!

      • ONLY 1 thing forgotten to truly save money on step 1. CUT THOSE COUPONS!! LOL I have done this for YEARS,, a years worth of groceries only run us about $3,000 It IS WORTH IT..Thanks For Sharing!! 😀

        • Angelina says:

          How in the world do people make the coupons work. Can’t find coupons for the food we purchase. It is all for the nasty canned stuff that has too much salt added. When purchasing fresh foods you just can’t find coupons. If I went with the coupons that we get I would have a pantry full of crap I would never use.

          • I agree Angelina. Use to love couponing, but now can’t find any good ones for the food I actually buy. I believe they have cut way back on giving us the good coupons!

          • I agree…there are no coupons for fresh food. And in California, there is actually a state law that forbids stores from doubling coupons!

          • Mrs. Paula Synnott says:

            Go check out the Manufacturer’s web sites for all the products that you buy. They usually have coupons listed and printable there. Also call the companies for the products that you purchase and give them feedback on there products and they will send you coupons for those products. I do it all the time and receive coupons in the mail every week.

          • I coupon.. but mostly for household things and the money i save (which is a ton!!) I can add to my grocery budget.. because i agree, there arent any good food coupons anymore.

          • I see that the last comments were from last year, but I wanted to say that if you have a Kroger affiliated store (I have a Dillons here in KS) they send mailers with coupons in them and there are always fresh produce coupons in them. For fresh produce, dairy, deli and the meats/seafood sections. Just thought I’d let people know in case they didn’t yet. 🙂

          • Agreed! I usually have no use for coupon items. Mostly junk I would never eat.

    • I make breakfast quiche and turkey patties as my breakfast freezer meals. I use to do this also years ago and have been wanting to start doing it again. I cook two weeks at a time 3 meals a day so I think first making a meal plan is needed before starting to cook.

      • When I make pancakes or French toast for my kids, I make extra, let them cool and freeze them in sets of two. I use small freezer bags and separate them with parchment paper. Then they can pull them out and put them in the toaster!

  2. I’m eager to try this.. but are there thawing instructions?? I’d hate to make all these meals and have them ruined because I thawed or warmed the meal up wrong. Thanks!

  3. Hi Anna, I usually just grab one out and stick it in the fridge in the morning or the night before, so it thaws in the fridge all day. Of course on some of the meals you don’t have to thaw, like Lasanga for example. You could just stick it in the oven frozen and bake – but it would take 2 hours instead of 1 hour. If you thawed it it should only take an hour or so.
    My breakfast burritos I just stick in the microwave frozen to heat up.

    Crockpot type freezer meals are best thawed the night before in the fridge, but everything else I just take out in the morning to thaw in my fridge. Good luck!

    • I have done this twice now. I have found many great recipies on Pinterest. I print out things that look good, make my shopping list, then cook! I save my printouts and after I make each meal, I decide if it is a keeper or not. I love to have a few meals that can go directly from freezer to oven for those days that seem to get crazy. I also have made soups that can be popped frozen into crockpot on low and will be perfect when I get home. I am so happy that I have started doing this, I feel that my family is avoiding a lot of unnecessary chemicals. I also find that it is much easier to make a big pot of stock or sauce when you are committed to being in the kitchen all day. My grocery budget seems to be lower with this as well because I am not stopping in for a few things as often.

    • Jessica Darr says:

      Just woundering do have a grocery list for all these recipies? Like a long list I can print off?

  4. Michelle says:

    Thank you for sharing! This menu looks soooo YUMMY! Much better than other menus I’ve seen for freezer meals. I will definitely be trying this! 🙂

  5. LIANNA WADE says:

    Do you bake the lasagna & pot pies before freezing?

    • Hi. No I do not bake them first. For the lazanga I don’t personally like the no boil ones- I never get it right…its either too dry or not cooked enough. I boil the noodles..and make my lasanga like normal. Then I cover it in foil and freeze. For the pot pies I make a homemade pie crust, put it on the bottom of the 9 x 13 pan..add the filling, then add a pie crust on top. Cover with foil and freeze. Bake frozen or thawed at 350 for 1-2 hours depending on how frozen it is.

      • LIANNA WADE says:

        Thanks so much and I dont like the the no boil noddles either for the same reasons. I cant wait to try the recipes.

        • Never heard of thT type I just skip boiling the normal noodles as long as they are covered with sauce it comes out righy

      • Judy Kaiser says:

        Just a little hint: if you don’t like the no boil noodles but don’t want to mess with boiling them, just get large cookie sheets out, place your noodles in a single layer and cover with warm water. Let sit for 10-15 minutes (while prepping your meat and cheese mixture). Drain water and begin assembling your lasagna. Works great!

        • Charlene Esquivel says:

          Thank you for that! I will have to try this.

          • I have been just using the regular lasagna noodles and not even doing anything with them, just using them dry like the no-bake ones ( I saw this in a cookbook and was skeptical) but they turned out just as good as if I took the time to cook them first! Not dry at all, and I don’t have to spend twice as much on the no-bake kind! Hope this helps!

        • Marla Baldwin says:

          Okay, I’m older and have been cooking for my family for 45 years…..I never-ever boil the lasagna noodles-never-ever.I do everything the same as you do it….I bake the same time and temp.& use the same ingredients. I use regular dry noodles and add a cup of extra water or swish a cup of water in the jar of the “good” *spaghetti sauce I am using and add it at the very end of the layering process….cover and bake……it comes out perfectly cooked and no mushy noodles.Talk about an easy perfect family meal!
          * good sauce= I really like the natural tomato/artichoke sauces.

        • Susan Peittersen says:

          That is the best idea ever!

        • Ooh, great idea! Thanks for the share. 🙂

        • Great idea! Thanks

      • I have a silly question, for the chicken recipes (sweet and sour chicken), would you cook it fully and then freeze it or dont cook the chicken before freezing?

        • Happy.MoneySaver says:

          You can do either way. For some of the recipes I will cook it fully and then freeze it like the chicken strips. For the sweet and sour chicken I like to cook it fully and then heat it in the oven again.

          • I was just wondering how long meals stay good in the freezer.

          • Happy.MoneySaver says:

            About 6 months…if they last that long! 🙂

          • For the sweet and sour chicken, if you fully cook, then freeze, does it come out as crispy? And this means you go through the whole recipe – fry, bake and all then freeze? I am so in need of doing some freezer meals. During the school year it is so hard to come in after a long day and cook some of the meals that take so long. I also have a daughter who just started college. I would love to bring her and her roommates some freezer meals that just need to be thrown in the oven. They are all already missing home cooked meals 🙂

          • Happy.MoneySaver says:

            It is still crispy but not as crispy as straight out of the oil. It’s one of my favorite freezer meals!

  6. I am SO excited to try this! Let’s hope I have as much motivation as you!

  7. Robyn Scott says:

    So excited to try this. I’ve never done my own freezer meals.

  8. Catherine Morton says:

    This is one of the better menu’s I’ve seen. I will be doing a variation of this based on what I have in my pantry : ) I’ll post back. This was a lot of work for you to put together. The menu is the hardest part. Thanks!

  9. Hi Karrie! This looks like such an awesome freezer meal menu 🙂 I’ve never done a freezer cooking marathon before, but I think that you may have just inspired me to give it a try! Thanks for sharing the link to my homemade pot pie too 🙂 Have a great day!

  10. I have been wanting to this for a long time, but my husband has this idea that all the food will be dry and old. Does the food taste better fresh or is it the same?

    • I find that it is pretty close to the same. I think of course fresh is best, but for all the time I save it is worth that little tiny bit of difference. Maybe try once to double or triple one of your recipes, freeze it and then after a week make it again with your frozen one and see if you or he notices the difference. 😉

      • Melissa

        I always make extra when I make Chicken and Dressing I cover & put it in the freezer then I take it our and vacuum seal it in the container when I thaw it and cook it taste just like I had made it fresh. I highly recommend a vacuum sealer if you want it to taste fresher.

  11. Christina says:

    Everything looks so good! I’ve been dabbling in freezer meals – I love saving time during the week! I just have one quick question – how did you freeze the fried rice (in a bag or foil pan)?

    • I have done both – this time I ran out of 9×13’s so I bagged them. I do like warming them in the oven though so I will prob micro for a few minutes on defrost and add to a 9×13, cover and bake.

  12. Great sounding recipes! I did something similar last year at the beginning of January. In my job we work 60+ hours a week during January so the beginning of the month I spent a weekend making freezer food. I’m a soup person, so I basically made several kinds of soup, chili and a large pan of lasagna. Since I live alone I made the lasagna then froze it in individual portions. The only soup that didn’t freeze well was the potato/cheese. Something about freezing the milk based soup with the cheese already in it just didn’t work. The potatoes turned to mush and the consistency was very grainy. The other soups – chicken/rice, beef barley, ham and bean – all came out great.

  13. Maybe I’m dumb or something, but what do the numbers mean that are next to each menu idea?

  14. Thank you for sharing this! I’m really new to cooking and freezing ahead but as life gets busy I know I’m going to need to start doing it more. I’ve been freezing chili, tamales, doughs and breads. I have a question about freezing pasta though.

    Are there any tricks to keeping the noodles firm? If so what are they? I’ve done some frozen soups with noodles and it was horrible, does pasta hold up better?

    • Liz Beasley says:

      If it is a pasta in a soup, do not freeze it, just add to when cooking/reheating. If its a casserole type, cook the pasta about half way done, same with rice, there should be enough moisture in the meal to finish cooking the pasta or rice while cooking the meal to eat.that is my experience!

  15. We did this at the end of my pregnancies planning for new baby…just made things easier having meals made. Thanks for the reminder. Not sure we have the time or the freezer space to do so many, but definitely could do some.

  16. I LOVE the convenience of freezer food! We have three kids (4, 5, and 6) and both of us work full time (and side jobs as often as possible) with a 25+ mile commute from our home to work, so ANYTHING convenient is often utilized. UNFORTUNATELY our convenient routes are not always the healthiest, and I hate the guilt of using pre-packaged, high fat and high sodium foods (or worse- FAST FOOD!!) in place of real, whole ingredients. I like to cook extra meat, or extra bread or extra beans and soups, but never thought of making a full meal specifically to freeze and reheat! We’ve been limited to our tiny fridge top freezer (that’s ALWAYS TOO FULL!) but we now have access to a full sized stand up freezer! Now I have menu ideas buzzing around in my head instead of plans of frozen pizzas, microwaveable meals, etc!! I’m super excited to get started on this!!

  17. Last December whenever I made a meal that I knew would freeze well I would double it and put a portion in a freezer container. I then gave a box of assorted meals to a friend for Christmas. Most popular gift EVER. 🙂

  18. How long will these meals last in the freezer? I don’t want to wait to long to cook them and have them expire.

    • Melissa says:

      It depends on the dish…Here is what I found from the book: Don’t Panic More Dinners in the Freezer.
      Meat and poultry, cooked, in sauce:s 5-6 months
      Meat and poultry, uncooked, in sauces/marinades: see raw meats
      Pasta dished: 2-3 months
      Side dishes: 2-3 months
      Spaghetti sauce, chili, soups, stews: 5-6 months
      Quiche or egg dished: 3 months

      Raw Meat
      Chicken: 10 months
      Fish: 2-3 months
      Ground Beef: 3 months
      Pork Chops, ribs: 2-3 months
      Roasts beef: 7-9 months, pork 4-6 months
      Steaks beef: 7-9 months, pork 2-3 months
      Turkey parts: 4-6 months, whole 6 months

      Baked Goods
      Muffins: 3 months
      Pizza Dough: 5-6 months
      Quick breads: 2-3 months
      Yeast breads/rolls: 2-3 months

      Cakes: 2-3 months
      Cookies: 3-4 months
      Frozen desserts: 1-2 months
      Fruit pie or pie filling: 6 months.

  19. Bridgett zaidi says:

    How did you freeze the sweet and sour chicken and orange chicken? Fully cooked?

    • this is what I’d like to know too!

      • I have done it both ways, I like frying all the chicken up first and then freezing with the sauce in a separate bag. It just saves so much time. But I also have done it where I have dipped the chicken in flour and then frozen in the bag so all I had to do was fry it. Works either way but I prefer the chicken already done.

  20. Thank you for posting this! I am happy to say that I went grocery shopping and bought ingredients for 34 meals on this list!!!! I was shocked I only spent $222.22 on everything I needed… I have started and I have got 2 menu items completed and cooling to go into the freezer! Beef Berley Stew and the Honey Lime Chicken…however….I don’t know how well we’ll take to the Honey Lime chicken….it seems too sweet/citrusey. But we’ll see! 🙂 I’m off to make up some more freezer meals!!!
    Thank you so much for your hard work you put in to this!!! I sure hope you put up another menu soon!!! 🙂

  21. This is a great idea! However, I was wondering if you’re putting everything in the freezer uncooked or cooking it then freezing it. Do you defrost the meal fully before reheating it? For the pot pies did you put the filling into a pie crust and then freeze it or keep it separate?

    Sorry for all the questions! I only cook enough for two because I don’t know how to go about freezing food to eat later.

    • Hello Debra, some of the meals I pre cooked and others I didn’t. For example the pot pies I put the filling in the pie crusts, and then froze it. So it was kind of like a pot pie you would buy in a store – just ready to put in the oven for an hour. Basically I want all the hard work done so that all I have to do is pull it out and add to crockpot or put it in the oven. So for the orange chicken I did cook the chicken up and made the sauce in a sep. bag – but froze them together. So all I have to do is toss the chicken in the crock pot and pour the sauce over it and it will be done in a few hours. Hope this makes sense, if you have any other questions let me know!

  22. thanks! I wrapped stuffed shells with a layer of foil, then plastic then foil again. I did the press n seal wrap then foil on my pot pies do you think this is sufficient wrapping? Turns out I didn’t buy big enough freezer bags so I can’t just slip them into the bags.

    • Absolutely – I usually just wrap mine in foil..eek! Probably should do more like you did. Problem is I like to just grab it out of freezer and stick in oven most of the time, so I don’t add plastic wrap. But if you thaw it before you bake it would work well with plastic wrap, and probably keep it a lot fresher tasting.

  23. This is my first attempt at frozen meals. Do you freeze rice as well or prepare it the day of?

  24. Also, for the recipes you provided, are metrics for one meal or for the quantity of meals you indicated above? Just trying to figure out for my grocery list if I need to triple the ingredients for the Honey Lime Chicken, for example.

    • The numbers are how many of each meal I made. Duplicates save time. So I will make 3 full dinners worth of Honey Lime Chicken – separated into 3 ziploc gallon bags.

  25. JESSICA NIETO says:

    I’m a bit confused about the sides. IE when you do rice as a side do you make the rice as well and freeze it or you make that the day you’re serving it.
    Also the baked potatoes is that a meal or a side?
    Please help 🙂

    • I usually make rice as a side the day of – ( I love the minute rice…lol). The twice bakes potatoes are totally made up and frozen, then baked the day I am serving it.

      • JESSICA NIETO says:

        Thank you, I actually found a site where it tells you how to freeze rice. I’m thinking all I want to do is simply pop something in microwave or oven and make a salad. Lol lazy, yes,

        • So true, I think that would be easier to just warm it up even as a side. Maybe I will do that next time too!

          • JESSICA NIETO says:

            karrie i could not bring myself to buy sesame oil. and i found an online recipe for stirfry rice seasoning

        • I’ve recently started doing this. We call it “fiesta rice” – cooked rice, lime juice, cilantro, black beans, frozen corn all mixed together and frozen into portions big enough for 1 meal for my family. I just pull it out when I want it, defrost just long enough to get it out of the plastic wrap it’s in, then continue heating it in a glass bowl in the microwave. (I drizzle a little water over it before heating – maybe a teaspoon?) It comes out great!

          • TexasDeana says:

            Hi….do you use black beans from a can, or hard black beans….
            how much lime juice
            how much cilantro
            how much frozen corn
            how much cooked rice
            Thank you . Deana

  26. Here’s website for seasoning mix for fried rice

  27. I am using so many of these recipes for a Freezer Cooking Day I’m doing in 2 days with my SIL, and I am so grateful for the work you’ve done here! My question (and I feel a little silly for asking): For the beef barley soup, do you throw all the uncooked ingredients together into the freezer, then toss them (thawed or frozen) into the crock pot the day you want to prepare them? Or do you cook it as soup, cool it, then freeze it? Maybe it’s my tired Mama brain, but I think your comment “its all uncooked ingredients so I can toss into crockpot and cook all day.” is throwing me off. Basically, to rephrase: What do you do in advance? Thank you again!! I’m going off now to finish my shopping list and Pin you for the world to see. 🙂

  28. For the first recipe listed, the honey chicken one, do you actually cook it all and then freeze it?

  29. For the beef barley soup, do you throw all the uncooked ingredients together into the freezer, then toss them (thawed or frozen) into the crock pot the day you want to prepare them? Or do you cook it as soup, cool it, then freeze it?

    • I throw all the uncooked ingredients into a freezer bag (all except the carrots, they never turn out if I freeze them.) So I add all the ingredients, then toss into freezer. The night before (if I remember) I take out the bag and thaw in fridge, or if I dont remember I just stick it in there frozen and let it go. I add carrots the day of as well and stir a few times throughout the day. 🙂

  30. Brooke Haidamaka says:

    I cannot wait to be home and start doing the cooking. My last day of work is this Friday and this is so going to come in handly with two little girls. Thanks for sharing such great stuff! If I come accross anything that would be a good freezer meal I will surely post for everone too. Here’s to being a new stay at home mom. Wish me luck! (The work force will just have to do without me for a while.)

    • That is wonderful Brooke, it is really nice to be a stay at home (well, most of the time..ha!) So glad you liked my menu, and for sure please share any other great freezer meals you love. Congrats on getting to be a new stay at home mom!

  31. You are a lifesaver! My baby is due in a few weeks and I am in graduate school, and have been trying to figure out how I am going to be able to cook for my husband and I in that first month when I am sleep deprived and busy with baby and my studies. I have scoured so many freezer recipes and this is the best collection I have found!! I don’t need to look any further; can’t wait to go shopping for the ingredients!

  32. For your breakfast burritos, did you cook everything together, roll in the tortilla & freeze? Thanks for the wonderful menu!

  33. I love freezer meals but I’ve yet to make for a full month. I will actually be doing this this Oct as I’m due with baby 9 in med December. I have learned it is soooo helpful to have those meals on hand after having a baby, and with this many now it is a total life saver! My plan is to freeze 30 suppers and 15/20 breakfasts. I’m pretty sure it will take me more then a day unlike you. lol But it’s worth the time. I’m looking forward to trying out some of your recipes too!

  34. christina says:

    I have recently started making freezer meals. Many of the web sites i have visited have some good idea’s but not all of the meals fit my taste or my families taste. This post is the first post that I have read where each meal/recipe sounds delish! I will follow this map for my November meals.

  35. Thank you so much for the great ideas! I’m so excited to try these, I was looking for a helpful website for freezing meals and this is by far the best! I didn’t realize there was so much you could freeze well, I’ve always just stuck to lasagna and soup 🙂 Thanks! I’m having a baby soon and can’t wait to stock up our freezer so we don’t starve when he is born!

  36. Breyannie says:

    Hey, for the enchiladas, did you cook those and then freeze, or freeze before cooking?

  37. Just want to make sure I understand about the Twice baked potatoes… actually freeze them? How do you get them to not get grainy or the texture to go icky?

  38. Jessica Gidley says:

    With your freezer meals, I don’t know but did you put expiration dates on your meals? Like how long they will last in the freezer?


    • You could absolutely do that if you like, but usually I don’t. I will sometimes add the date that I made them like 10/2012 or something like that.

  39. I love freezing precooked meals but i find pirk and chicken dry out . Any tips?

    • I haven’t tried pork. But I freeze chicken tenders. 1 pack usually has enough for 2 meals plus a few lunches. So I cook the entire pack at once with some chicken base and water. It’s kinda like cooking in broth. And then whatever seasonings I would use on all my meals. When done I set aside what I don’t need to cool(and later bag for freezing) and continue cooking the chicken for that particular meal. So when I’m ready to use the frozen chicken I can thaw the night before so it’s ready to use in an easy dinner/lunch. Or I simply toss in boiling water for a few min.

  40. I LOVE this, thanks for posting! My parents are older and can no longer get around the kitchen easily (or get worn out before a meal is finished) and I work nights so am not much help. This will let me make up everything at once and freeze with cooking instructions on the container so they can just pull it out and pop in the oven. Thank you so much for posting this, it will take a lot of stress off of me so I can sleep easier and be more awake for work.

  41. Eva Davies says:

    Thanks so much for this help Karrie. I am in the UK and am so interested to see the differences of what you cook and freeze over The Pond as opposed to us Brits!

    I am doing a major freezer cook for the busy Christmas period, especially as my lovely son is home from University and I don’t want to be glued to the stove. Also I am an online retailer so Christmas is sooo busy.

    One quick question – what I would really like to know is what foods can be cooked from frozen? – you know for those days when your planning goes awry and you end up with nothing ready to eat in the fridge when you get home so need to depend on the freezer or – dare I say it – a take away!

    Any help would be much appreciated as I am a little worried about food poisoning if I cook the wrong thing from frozen!

    In the UK we have a cheap frozen food retailer called Iceland who is on the TV advertising roasted meat joints that you can cook from frozen. I am not sure how they do this and if any joint can be cooked this way – I always wonder if they are coating/adding some chemical or procedure to their foods to allow this to be done safely.

    Eva from cold North London, UK!

    • Eva
      If you page up, you will find a list of how long to keep things in the freezer before quality begins to degrade. You can keep things longer, but they might have a bit of freezer burn.
      As to what you can freeze — walk into any Tesco or Sainsbury and look in at the frozen food. In general, if they can do it, so can you.
      There is a site called Recipezaar (well, actually it is now that has many frozen food recipes. Search for OAMC and you’ll come up with 653 recipes (as of today). Some are simply prepared, then frozen so you must defrost then bake or simmer. Others are fully cooked and you simply pop the food into the microwave.
      No worries about food poisoning due to cooking from frozen — that’s not how food poisoning happens. Unless you are cooking already-poisoned food, of course. If the food is raw, you must generally defrost and then cook it or it will not cook all the way through. But go to and look through their recipes.
      Also do a “google” search for OAMC Plans, Freezer Cooking Plans, Investment Cooking Plans, Once A Month Cooking Plans. You will find a large variety of plans rather than individual recipes. Makes shopping and planning easier, but then you have to translate from American into British.

  42. Katie Perry says:

    I am going to try doing all 50 meals next weekend. The number after the name of the recipe: is that how many meals you got out of if or how many times you made the recipe. Example honey lime chix (3). 3 meals or do I need to triple the recipe to get three meals?

    • Hello Katie – The number after the recipe is how many meals I made – so if there is a (3) after a recipe I tripled the batch so I could get 3 meals out of it. Good luck!

  43. Marilyn Nelson says:

    I freeze dinnners for my husband, who works in the oil fields and can be gone up to
    two weeks to a month. Am always looking for good freezer meals!

  44. Hello Karrie,
    I am new to doing freezer meals and sort of feel like I’m unsure on a lot of my families favorite recipes whether it will freeze well. I like to make a lot of soups, and I like to make creamy soups a lot. How well would something like that freeze that has a lot of milk? My second question is – do you spend as much money as you save just buying the dishes, containers, and wraps that you use to store it all? I always feel like that stuff is expensive.

    • Creamy soups are hard, because they can separate when thawed. Especially items with dairy like cream and milk. Feel free to try it once on your paticular recipe to see if it works though – and if it mixes back up as you reheat then it’s a winner. As for the dishes/containers usually I just either use ziploc bags (which aren’t too expensive) or the 9×13 foil pans, which I can find 3/$1.00 at the dollar store. But if you don’t want to buy the 9×13 foil pans (I do it so I don’t have to wash dishes afterwards..) you can totally use your own 9×13 glass or metal pans. Just make sure to thaw before you put into the oven. Usually I spend around $10 extra for all these freezer bags/foil pans, and I am more than happy to pay it to save me time. If I didn’t have freezer meals with my busy schedule I would turn to quick dinners (like cereal or fast food) which are not as healthy. So in the long run the $10 pays me back in the better health of myself & kiddos. Hope that makes sense. Good luck on your freezer meals cooking day – you can do it!!

  45. On the sweet and sour chicken do you cook the chicken and sauce first them freeze in a 9×13 pan or put it in freezer bags?

    • I fry up the chicken, then freeze in a single layer on a cookie sheet. The sauce I cook up and put into a baggie and freeze. Then when its time to cook, I thaw them both, pour the sauce on top and just bake it.

  46. Wow, thanks for something different. I went and bought all the food came home got started and realized, I am making 3 bathes of a recipe I’ve never tried before, LOL I did lots of taste testing along the way and everything seems amazing. I am 18 weeks pregnant, just took a role as an executive member of the board at my daughters preschool and I woke up from a nap and the kids were eating dad’s new meal of rice a roni suprise….rice a roni with cut up hot dog ummm gross and unhealthy ! I got through 30 meals, it took four days (and my daughter got puke sick during one of course) I feel so much more relaxed knowing there is food and I can rest if I need to! Thanks!

    • That is SO Awesome Christina! The first time you make freezer meals it can take longer, but is so worth it. I can’t believe you did the freezer cooking even with a sick child, that is hard to do (you superwoman you!) I know what you mean about the quick meals, and that totally made me laugh (the rice a roni with hot dog surprise…sounds like something I have Enjoy those freezer meals!!!

  47. For your Chimichangas do you freeze them in the buritto or add the mix to a fresh buritto when you are ready to eat it? I love your menu- I have been looking for a good month menu and I found it! THANKS!

    • Hi Dawn, yes, I freeze them in the burrito. And so glad you love my menu!! I am getting down to my last week of freezer meals in my freezer..time to do another big day of cooking!

  48. Do you have a shopping list?

  49. I would be interested in a shopping list as well 🙂

  50. Melissa D says:

    Just discovered this site, and am loving it!

    My stepmom died in October, leaving my dad alone. I thought I could use some of these ideas to make meals ahead and then put some into containers for him to eat whenever he wants.

    One question: I saw in the comments above that for the crockpot meals you usually freeze the prepped ingredients so you can put them in the crockpot whenever you want. Have you tried freezing the meals after they have cooked? Just wondering how well some of these things would reheat.

    • My rule of thumb is only freeze stuff once. I find that it is never as delish if its frozen twice. So you can make it at home without freezing it and then freeze it into smaller portions for his dinners, I used to do this for my grandmother too sometimes.

  51. I made home made frozen pizzas using sauce bought on sale, shredded a cheese blend, a chunk of pepperoni cut into dices and put it all on onion buns. Made 16 frozen pizzas in no time and they taste great…the onion buns work perfect!

  52. This is awesome. I just had a baby less than 2 weeks ago and even though she sleeps a lot I still dont have time to focus on cooking multiple times a day for meals. Since its just my husband and I, one of your recipies will make 2 meals for us:)

  53. My kids are grown and I live alone, but I still go freezer cooking every couple of months. I get the 3pack of aluminum pans with paper/foil tops at the Dollar Tree. I package my meals in these, writing the contents and date prepared on top before putting in freezer. This way I have nutritious meals available for myself – or ready made meals to take to a sick friend, elderly parents, etc.

    Lasagna, or lasagna rolls work great this way. I also do Tater Tot Casserole, chicken and rice casserole, baked spaghetti, pot pie…. So many choices. After packaging I do wrap in additional foil or put in ziploc bags just to stave off freezer burn.

    Good luck to those trying freezer meals for first time – it is fun and a great way to insure your family is getting good meals even with busy schedules!

  54. Christina says:

    How many servings does each meal serve? I am very interested in giving this a try, you described my life:-) I just need an idea of servings/serving size so I know what to do… THANK YOU for sharing…plan to get started soon as I hear from ya!

    • Hi Christina,

      Most of the recipes in my menu I make sure are enough for my family (2 adults, 2 teens, 2 younger kids). I usually do a double batch of the honey lime chicken per freezer meal, because my kids really eat a ton of it with rice. But the Barley soup recipe is just the right amount for one dinner for my family. My family used to eat just one small pot pie, but with the older kids getting bigger appetites I will start making on 9×13 size pot pie. I think it just depends on how big your family is and how they eat. If the freezer meal you make ends up leaving you leftovers, then just take it for lunch the next day or have it again for dinner. The first time you make freezer meals will be a learning experience for you..and after your first time you will have a better idea of how much of each meal your family will eat up. Good luck – let me know how it goes!

  55. Hi,

    Can I fix any recipe and freeze it this way and it be safe to eat at the end of the month? Or are there only certain meals that are good for freezing this long? Thank you in advance!

    • Most meals you can freeze, yes! I avoid some dairy/cream soups, lettuce and other fresh vegetables like cucumbers ect.

      • I’m confused…the chicken pot pie and the Alfredo have creams or dairy. Are these exceptions???

        On a separate note, I have recently found out i have numerous food allergies and am having to go on a liquid elimination diet. I am so excited to prepare freezer meals so that I don’t have to spend an hour or 2 cooking for the family and have to drink bone broth or a protein shakes myself!! LOL! Plus the temptation at the grocery store!! This will be a life saver if I can master it. Additionally, I have elderly in-laws that need the additional help. They live 3 hrs away so this will be great for heat/eat!!

        • Hello Bridget, yes there are some exceptions to the rules. For example if you make your own cream of soup or purchase it usually it will hold up well in a sauce-type of food like in the pot pie. Jarred alfredo sauces are so processed that they do freeze well. However if you were to use say butter and fresh cream for alfredo, it would not do well (it would separate).

        • Happy.MoneySaver says:

          Great! Glad this can help!

          Both of these recipes happen to freeze really well. I think trying new foods to see how they freeze and bake up are the best solutions!

  56. Katie Hignight says:

    Thanks for posting all this, you’ve got me really excited!! We’re gearing up to have our 5th baby and I’m getting some good freezer recipes together to make life easier after she’s born. Looks like I won’t have to look much further than your site! =)

  57. Katie Rentschler says:

    This look amazing! I can’t wait to start this. One question if you could. For these recipes about how much did you spend?

  58. Karrie,
    Posting to say thank you!
    One of my closest girlfriends just had a baby. I flew in for the weekend and filled her freezer with your menu (plus omelettes, pancakes, french toast casserole, and other breakfast goodies).
    Thank you *SO* much for taking the time to organize this list. We taste-tested everything before sealing the food fresh bags, and everything was awesome. Such a variety!
    We spent $80 on meat and were able to make everything else from ingredients she already had in her kitchen. My friend says her life has been changed regarding her ability to plan dinners, and I thank you for helping me to help her!

    • How awesome!! I am sure your friend will totally enjoy having all those freezer meals – and will allow her to enjoy more time with her baby. Thanks so much for your comment, it is so nice to hear you liked my menu!

  59. Awesome recipes. I like to do a bake-a-thon with my bread maker and make a few loaves of bread in one day… Then jellies another day. Most breads and jellies freeze awesome. In fact, I just took out Zucchini bread that I made with some Zucchini’s we got from a friend at the end of the season last year. Shredded zucchini itself doesn’t freeze well but the bread does and muffins too!! We also bake extra cupcakes occasionally to put in the freezer, those thaw out super quick in the microwave or on the counter. We have 6 kids and run a business so fast meals are a must most days. I can’t wait to try some of these recipes–getting together a grocery list for next week!

  60. Thank you SOOOO much for these freezer recipes! You are a life saver.

  61. Brooke Haysman says:

    What a great Idea! healthy, homemade, and only have to cook one day a month! I love it!

  62. Hi! My friend and I were inspired my by this and we cooked for several hours today… bagging up 8 meals each and a few week’s worth of breakfasts.

    I had to laugh when I read in one of the comments that you made your own pie crust. Kudos to you girlfriend! You really go all out.

    Thanks for your inspiration!

    • I don’t always make my own pie crust, it depends on how I am feeling. 🙂 Sometimes I buy the premade crusts too. So happy you did freezer cooking, it is a time saver for sure. Hope you enjoy!

  63. Karrie,
    I am interested in making sandwiches ahead and freezing them for the week. Do you have some insight for this?

  64. Karrie, I love the good ideas. Do you have some insight on making a weeks worth of sandwiches for lunches ahead of time? Thanks.

    • Usually I take some bread, meat and cheese with no condiments and individually wrap each one in plastic wrap. Then I freeze them. I only have trouble with using condiments because when they thaw it can make your sandwiches kind of soggy.

  65. Maria Jeslis says:

    Looking forward to trying your recipes

  66. I’ve been loving your blog for a long time, and this is a great post to run across with baby 4 on the way. I wish you lived next door!

  67. Thanks for sharing these freezer recipes. And cooking tips.

  68. how can I download all of these they look so yummy

  69. What a great collection of recipes. I like to freeze favorites that take time in the oven. I usually triple my potato wedge and make 3 flavors Tex mex, italian herbs and Parmesan cheese. I bag them in family serving and then they just need heated.
    I also make 3 cottage pies. One with carrots , one with frozen peas and one with frozen sweetcorn. Great for a “sports practice night”. oh and don’t forget to cook a family size pack of sausages. wrap in a little parchment paper to stop them sticking in the freezer and then you have a quick sausage in a bun when a crowd of teenagers descend on you!

  70. Love your recipes! Just a quick question though. Do you freeze your meat dishes after you bake them all? Then when you are ready to use them you just defrost and reheat? Does it come out mushy at all?

  71. I like a lot of the recipes but see the link out to other sites that are not freezer meal recipes. Do you have instructions for freezing some?
    The Sweet and Sour Chicken for example, do you freeze after adding the sauce? Before and then heat it with sauce?

  72. I’m usually homemade all the way right down to stocks and crusts. However being pregnant has sapped all the love of cooking right out of me. My poor family has suffered because of it. Boxed meals and frozen store bought dinners! I’m going to give this a try and hopefully one day of work on my part will help my family survive me being pregnant.

  73. I am so excited to try some of these recipes. My grandsons (ages 6 and 3) go commercial fishing with their parents. They live on the boat 5 days a week. After a busy day ‘picking the net’, my daughter is too tired to cook, so they eat alot of sandwiches. I would feel so much better sending the boys out each week with enough meals for Mom to just heat up (and not those expensive frozen meals full of unwanted preservatives). Now just to get my daughter to commit to helping me prepare the meals on one of her ‘days off’! LOL

  74. Hi! I’m over in England, UK and found your amazing website! I’m planning a freezer filling day using all your amazing recipes! Can’t wait to get stuck in! Thanks for some great ideas! x

  75. Bethany says:

    I can’t wait to have freezer meal day!!! When I came home home for a rough recovery with one of my babies some amazing friends took turns bringing me meals and they also brought freezer meals for later on! Best baby present ever! Maybe now I can pass on the gift with some of your yummy recipes!

  76. Eirykah says:

    I’ve been wanting to do something like this for a while. As a single mom on a budget, it’s helpful for me to buy things in bulk to save money. And as nurse, I am too tired to think about food as soon as I come home. But the little ones don’t understand “Mommy needs a nap,” when they’re tummies are rumbling. I’ll definitely be doing this soon.

  77. do you have a grocery list for these meals? I am new to freezer meals and want to give it a shot 🙂 thank you

  78. Mercedes says:

    Believe it or not, I recently made my own frozen pizzas! We often make homemade pizza (nice crisp thin crust), and had enough left over for 2 pizzas. I thought, why not try it – I assembled the pizzas like normal, only sauce and cheese, and, raw – leaving it on the parchment paper, carefully wrapped them up first in foil, then in cling wrap. One I put on a small cookie sheet, the other I used flattened cereal boxes. To cook, I preheated my pizza stone to about 450, carefully took it off the parchment paper, and threw it in just like a normal raw pizza. 6 or 7 minutes and it was perfect! The hardest part is making sure a big pizza will fit in the freezer! Figure that part out first, Lol.

  79. Hello!

    These look yummy! Do you have a list of ingredients and other helpful info for making these 50 freezer meals?

    Thank you!


  80. In the fall when apples are ready I spend all day, making apple pies & canned apple pie filling. It’s a lot of work, I don’t bake my pies before freezing, just pull from the freezer and pop in oven. A 1 quart jar of apple pie filling is perfect for a 9″ pie or for making apple crisp. Usually put up 2-3 bushels

  81. Hi Karrie!!

    Just wondering if you had a grocery list for this yet? Also, as a new stepmom to 3 children, I’m discovering that my time management skills are a bit lacking. Do you have your full preparation schedule or even just a list of the order in which you make the meals? I was raised LDS so food storage and I are long-time friends, but I had a large family to help with the task. Any tips or tricks would be so very appreciated. Thank you so much for the work you have done on this. It’s absolutely a blessing to our family right now. 🙂

  82. OH MY GOSH! I don’t know why I never thought to do this before. This is really great!! Thanks a bunch!

  83. keeping this in my bookmarks window. I will be going in for surgery in september and this is the perfect way of feeding the family and not having to cook (or be forced to have what my husband cooks). I will have to wait for school to start before I start cooking.

  84. I really want to do this, but I have a question about ingredients. I would like to buy a big bag of frozen chicken breasts at Sam’s Club and divide it up to use in several different recipes. My question is, since they come frozen, would it be ok/safe to thaw them all out and then place them into the recipes and re-freeze? Or would you advise keeping them frozen and putting them in the recipes, then freeze the whole meal? I’m just wondering about how freezing chicken, thawing and then re-freezing would affect it. Any thoughts would be much appreciated! Thanks!

    • Hi Katie, I never like to freeze something and refreeze it again. So start with fresh chicken breasts if possible. OR, have every other ingredient ice cold and add in your frozen chicken breasts and quickly freeze the meal so the chicken doesn’t really thaw.

  85. #6 on your list of steps, what do I do if she helps me? Should I still have her clean up the kitchen? No, that’s what daughters are for 😉

    Thanks, great ideas her.

  86. I was wondering if you freeze veggies. It is cheaper to buy fresh veggies and I was going to cut them up and freeze them. Thank you!

  87. This is such a great idea!! I have 2 freezer I think I’m gonna fill them up!!

  88. Robin Coleman-Cornelius says:

    I love this idea, I just got a new deep freezer so this was so up my alley, I love to cook for my family, but I never…and I mean never get a day off from it…this is a perfect way to give the kids and hubby the meals they love and me a way to get a day off from being in the kitchen…Thanks a ton!

  89. Me and my pal trade freezer meals all the time and have been doing it for a few months. I was so excited to see your website and get some new ideas for meals that freeze well. Thanks!!

  90. I love these suggestions. I am just getting into the who domestic side of things. It’s just me and my husband and I am only now feeling like a life of restaurants and quick meals is not really for us. We live in a country where restaurant life is fairly norm. As an experiment, I will make all the meals (minus the pork since we cannot easily get it). Time to start making meals again since I actually love the feeling of cooking for myself and just seemed to have forgotten that for a while. So excited to try everything!

  91. I am so excited to start. I have never done freezer meals before and I am just hoping it all fits into my freezer I only have the freezer above my fridge so hopefully it all fits thank you for doing this. People are asking for a list I used food on the table online and just put in the recipes and then added them to my meal plan the amount of times listed and then when I was done it puts it into a grocery list and I juSt went through and deleted the things off the list that I already had or combined. Hope that helps

  92. I’ve been tempted to do freezer meals for a while, now that I found this set of recipes and it is hunting season I’m thinking a great combination is about to form. I love cooking and baking, but doing it while a baby just learning to walk is running around is not on the top of my list. I think with all the helpful comments ad recipes my son will be going to grandma’s for a day while mommy cooks up a storm. Thanks for all the great recipes, an if someone has a good pizza crust recipe they could send me that would be amazing, definitely want to make a bunch of mini pizzas.

  93. Hi, I love this idea. I freezed a bunch of meals to take camping this summer. One of them was Butter Chicken (I use yogurt instead of heavy cream so I did not add it to the chicken until it was warmed to prevent it from separating) and another was doing up the taco meat with refried beans so only the sides had to be prepared. Love your suggestions for meals. I’m going to try a few more. I also make a brown rice and lentil main that tastes great after freezing. You only have to brown some onions and serve it with pain yogurt. Then there is good old fashioned mac and cheese. Thanks again.

  94. I have been freezer cooking for years! Your menu looks great and even though my kids are grown and gone, I will try some of them. Btw, I always froze individual meatloafs and cassaroles using muffin tins. The kids would pop one or two into the microwave for a quick meal or snack.

  95. Does anyone have any tips for freezer cooking and freezing in something other than disposable containers (I’m trying to reduce usage of plastics and aluminum for health and waste considerations)? I really like the idea of the freezer cooking and hope to try this soon!

  96. How many hours does it take to cook all of these meals in a day? I am trying to figure out how long it would take to cook enough for 5-6 meals/day for 7 days. Thanks!

  97. I have never done that but a frequent goal when I was first married was to bake 50 loaves of whole wheat bread in a weekend using 3 or four bowls and a standard home oven. It was a great couple experience. As part of the process we would crank up the heat to 85+ degrees F and dress in shorts and T-shirts. The heat made the bread raise faster. At the end of the weekend my arms felt like I had been on a marathon of weight lifting at the gym and I had lost about 10 pounds, likely of water from perspiration but our chest freezer was full with 50 loaves of great bread.

  98. We did this a couple weeks ago and although I was exhausted afterwards it has been so worth it! In fact we had the Honey Lime Chicken last night! Both me and my mom do WW so we also added in the points for each serving on the package! We lived by our master to-do list so there was never a “what should I be doing?” moment.
    Also I’d recommend shopping the day before and prepping the meats the day before as well. It was nice to start the cooking day w all the chicken cut, pork chops trimmed, etc. We had both of our crockpots going w the same recipe for chili the whole time we were cooking and then it was for dinner cooking night as well.

  99. I am so excited to see some fresh ideas for freezer meals! I started a ministry at our local church to bring meals to people who are in need, i.e.: someone in the family is in the hospital, a death in the family, a new baby. This takes stress off the family members while going through a hard time. Some of the women in our church got together on a Saturday, and we cooked over 30 meals in 4 hours! I kept them in my freezer, and when the needs arise, we already have great, homemade tasty meals to offer without having to call a million people to see if they might be able to help cook for someone. We are all busy and when things like emergencies happen, they are not always convenient to help someone out. Doing the freezer meals helps everyone involved, we already have something ready if someone is in need, just pick up a salad and bread and deliver the meals to the family in need. It has already been a huge blessing to everyone, and all the people who cooked had a great time laughing and getting to know each other better than just Hi in church on Sunday morning. We are planning a get-together in October to do some more, and I am happy to have some more new things to try! Glad I stumbled upon this site! 🙂

  100. How many people do your freezer meals serve? I have 4 kiddos who seem to be growing and eating more by the day! I am wondering if you have found that you have plenty to go around?

    • My freezer meals are for a family of 6 usually…but sometimes we go through 1 1/2 amounts of honey lime chicken since now I have two teenagers. When I portion out my meals I always try to think about how much we will eat. One pot pie is not enough for us anymore, we need 2 of those now as well. My lasagna can feed us all though.

  101. We – a groove of six of us – have been meal swap -ingredients for three years. We could so do this.
    We each cook every other week four four person servings of an ENTREE. Equals sixteen servings. We dish up. Any even number of girls works. So three cooks four meals equals EVERYBODY with two dinners for the week.
    We love it.
    We could do it every week but things seem to work well for us this way.
    Nothing fancy or over the top. Just dinner. We all have like children and like busy lives.
    But the freezer meals sound amazing.

  102. Marilyn rn says:

    I am a retired nurse now but raised 4 kids, including a set of twins and was a foster Mom for many of those years while working at least one full time job and usually two. This was the way I lived. I ran two 25 cubic foot freezers. I couldn’t have managed without them. Most of my veggies came from pick your own gardens and home frozen. Potatoes were bought in 50 lb bags. I could bake 25 lbs in my oven at once and make up twice baked potatoes in various flavors, freeze loosely on trays and add to bags when solid. Corn was bought in the fall in 20 dozen lots in the fall, cut off the cob and frozen in various preps….loosely on trays and then bagged when frozen. I did plain, some still on the cob, some creamed corn, some mixed with onion , celery and green pepper for a change. I froze every veggie I could get my hands on. , the same with fruit. I made pie crusts in bulk, froze them with fruit mixed with sugar, butter and corn starch in a bag so making a fresh pie was a matter of combining and baking. Cookies were made a slice and bake in 12 varieties. Fresh cookies any time an oven was on. Hamburger was processed down into browned 1 lb pack with various seasonings….meatloaves made 6 at a time. Hamburgers were made and barbaqued when ever the grill was on…..Ready for that quick meal…already cooked. Soups and stews the same way.
    Breakfasts were easy. I would spend one day making waffles and pancakes in front of the tv… Freeze for popping in the toaster oven. A version of Egg McMuffins made and individually wrapped. Mini quiches…the same. I made my own version of instant oatmeal with powdered milk and dried fruit. French toast…and French toast sandwiches with ham and cheese were another fav…frozen for reheating.
    It is cheaper and saves your sanity to think ahead!

    • Catherine says:

      Whoa!!! @ Marilyn Can you elaborate a little more on how you did this?? THAT is amazing!!! I am a 99% rookie at how to freeze without explicit directions but WOW would I love to know how to do all of the examples you mentioned! Even if just a few 🙂

  103. I am new to your site and completely inspired. I decided to create my own laundry detergent and found your blog to be the most straight-forward and frankly, easy when it came to instructions. (You’re a great teacher.)

    As a newlywed, entrepreneur-at-home and mother of a toddler, I am trying to get a hold of the housework, meals, and frugal living all while trying “to make the donuts”. We are on a very snug budget but find free and exciting things to do outside of the house. The expensive part is getting around the high costs of living at home and the necessary supplies to do so, i.e. laundry, dishes, gas, food, etc. I am feverishly seeking ways to save us money so we can enjoy living and not live just to pay bills and survive, if you get my meaning.

    Thank you for making this blog part of your life’s work. It is great women like yourself I admire and love introducing to my readership at POSE Magazine ( Maybe one day we can feature you and a bunch of your Happy Money Saving tips in the mag.

    May God continue to bless you, your children, your hubby, and each project your hands touch.

  104. You didnt even need to blog anything! When I saw those pictures I new this book would be worth the mony!!!!!


    you didnt write a book?!

    Well, you need to:)

  105. Melissa Olson says:

    I came across your website and I LOVE it!! I do have a question about the sweet and sour chicken you made and froze. I make it all the time but have never frozen it. How exactly did you do it? I can’t wait to do these meals!!

    • Hi! Would love to try freezing the Sweet & Sour Chicken—could you advise how you did it? The recipe from Mel’s Kitchen did not specify how to freeze and then cook. (Did you freeze after cooking, or before, etc) Thanks so much!!

  106. Thank you for this site , I have 9 sisters and we are going to get together and make meals!

  107. Could you perhaps say how much this was in terms of upfront costs? $$ I’m looking to try this next week but want to know how much I will be spending upfront as opposed to shopping throughout the month.

  108. you are the greatest. Thank you so much for your fifty frozen meals in a day. I dont know how you did it but i managed to make three lasanyaz and two enchiladas and one scalloped potatoes and i never had to cook for five days. Thank you so much. Its an incredible idea and great time saver for when you just want some time off. Thank you thank you so much.

  109. THank you so much! I came across your idea on Facebook and was excited! I am a working mom with 3 little boys, and I was tired of the same old “what should we have for supper routine” I did this a few months ago after a day and a half of chaos, I was so thrilled to not have to cook for 3 weeks. I used some of my own recipes and some of yours and all were big hits!

  110. I super hate to be that person, but I am a pescavegetarian (I eat some seafood, but no other meats) and I was wondering what fish would be a good substitutes for the chicken in the chicken dishes? Or some vegetarian options? This is such a wonderful idea and as a full time college student living with two men, I need all the help I can get! Thanks so much. xoxo

    • Oh not at all Anna! Actually I am working on my very first freezer meals cookbook right now and there will be quite a few vegetarian options. Sorry, not seafood though. I don’t do much seafood because I don’t like it — and refuse! LOL. Thanks for your comment, hope you have a great day!

  111. This is such a cool an interesting idea u got. found u through a link on facebook. looks like you’re almost through your entire list. good luck!

  112. I was wondering, since everything in the lasagna is already cooked and the 1-2hr in the oven is only to heat it. Could I just thaw it in the refrigerator and then cut out portions to be warmed in the microwave?

  113. Nicole Laberge says:

    It would be great if you could post about some gluten free versions of these recipes.

  114. Amber May says:

    I love the idea of freezing meals ahead of time!! My husband and I both work full time and have our first baby on the way (due in April!) so this will save me so much time and energy! Where do you get your freezer containers to store the food in? And what are some good tips for keeping the food from getting freezer burn?

    • I will either use gallon sized freezer safe bags, my reusable neat-os bags or foil containers I buy at the dollar store.

      Here is my article on How to Avoid Freezer burn –>

  115. This is definitely something I want to try. Though we are trying to go wheat free so that may make things a little trickier. But having freezer meals made ahead would sure be a help in my organization for this year.

  116. You mention 4 chicken breasts (honey lime chicken)…. do you have a rough idea on weight?? I can buy a pack at the store & there will be 3 breasts but be well over 2 lbs! Same goes for your other chicken recipes…

    I decided that it was cheaper to roast split bone-in chicken breasts than to buy boneless, skinless chicken breasts & easier than buying a whole chicken. So I’m trying to figure out how much chicken I will need for each recipe.

    I’m going to be making the Taquitos, Honey Lime Chicken, some Chicken Fried Rice, the chicken spaghetti (depending on how much chicken I have left) & some lasagna tomorrow.

    Thanks for the great recipes! Living off-grid – any money saving, time-saving, propane-saving things I can come across & apply are very welcome!

  117. I am so excited to try this couple questions, do you find doing a month worth of meals saves you money? Do you have an idea how much you would spend let’s say on that menu or just in general monthly? Also I see in the picture it is a small freezer pretty close to mine do you normally fit a month of meals in there? Thanks so much

    • Hello Carrie,

      I find I save time the most with freezer cooking, but I also save money because doing the math the meals break down to about $5-$6 each for my big family of 6. Which is really good. Plus these meals my family does LOVE which makes it cost effective. If I am not doing freezer meal cooking I am often going out to eat because I am too tired to cook, or I am just giving my kids something not great to eat like cereal.

      As for the freezer – the smaller freezer can fit about 30 meals – but the other 20 I put in the deep freeze. If you have a small freezer you might want to just do 30. In fact in you are a beginner you might want to do 30 to start with anyways! Good luck!

  118. That sounds great!! I have been doing the freezer crock pot meals, but I have to say other then the soups we really only liked a few recipes everything just came out so dry and my husband wasn’t to impressed even though it was pizza every night! Thank you so much can’t wait to try them all!

  119. I tried to pin your posts, but the “Pinterest” link isn’t working….
    Great Posts!!

    • Happy.MoneySaver says:

      Sorry that wasn’t working! It should be now! Use the Pin it button on the bottom of the page and it should work! Let me know if you have any more problems! 🙂

  120. Heather Barker says:

    These all sound wonderful Karrie and I can’t wait to start making freezer meals. I found a potato soup recipe online that I make all the time and it freezes really well, although it’s made with diced hashbrowns so that could be the difference. Thanks for the tips!

  121. This has been the most helpful and informative post for freezer cooking I have thus read yet, I am excited to try this next weekend :D!

  122. I love having dinners in the freezer ready to heat and eat! At this point I am 71 yeas old and tired of cooking everyday.
    My main question is why do you freeze the sauce separate from the protein, as in the Sweet and Sour Chicken or meatballs?
    Also I am considering using frozen vegetables and possibly (?) commercially frozen meatballs/patties. Any comments?
    My main objective is ease not health, just those days when I do not have an interest in cooking and do not want to go to a restaurant or fast food place.

  123. I was a single parent when my boys were young and so I prepared freezer meals on weekends for a week or two at a time. I also made individual TV dinners from left overs labeling ingredients on each TV dinner. Saved me lots of money plus my boys liked eating right away when I got home. Freezer meals were mostly things like spaghetti sauce from scratch, chili, roasts, Swiss steak, hamburger, chicken and tuna casseroles, meat loaves, and other easy recipes. I was called the hamburger queen as I would buy in bulk especially if on sale. I also froze fresh veggies when I found them on sale. Example was when I bought ears of corn for 5 cents each. This was back in the 60’s. My boys are grown now and in their 50’s.

  124. Awesome job, I gave you a link back to this article from my blog, keep it up

  125. Love this! Baby number two will be here in less than a month, and I’m doing this to have an entire months worth of meals prepped and ready for when he arrives. Thank you for compiling a list of homemade, good freezer meals instead of just the typical, unhealthy or unappealing ones I normally find. So relieving! The only thing that could possibly make this post better is a grocery list … I might send you mine after I make it for my grocery trip this weekend.

    Thanks again!

  126. Dixie Johnson says:

    How much does it cost to make all 50 meals?

    • Happy.MoneySaver says:

      I figured out that the meals break down to about $5-$6 each for my big family of 6 which is really good! When you do it in bulk it can be cheaper because you use a lot of the ingredients (like chicken) for several different meals!

  127. samantha says:

    Southern Living used to run recipes for this…I raised my son on those! They have a “meat base” that starts with hamburger, onion, tomato…and frankly doesn’t everything? Then to make sloppy joes you add THIS and to make spaghetti sauce you add THAT to the base recipe and they were always good. When I was a single mom and in college, those recipes saved our lives. There were quite a few that I made in bulk back then. If anyone is interested I can drag them out and send them to Kari? If not…no matter

  128. I use the no boil noodles for lasagna now that I have figured out how it works. When I make my meat sauce, I make like a double batch (really saucy) and as I layer everything, I heap a generous amount of sauce, like super generous and while it is baking, the noodles suck up half the liquid and it turns out perfect. If you just put the normal amount of sauce on, it will turn out dry and the edges will be hard…yuck. Also, just layer the noodles in the middle because when they start expanding, they will expand to the edges. I just make sure I use two eggs in my ricotta mixture, because the egg is what thickens it up so it’s not to runny. I have never tested freezing it before hand though. I always just made it right then. Oh, and thank you you sweet kitchen goddess for all of your hard work in helping the rest of us look like geniuses to our families in our own kitchens. Blessings!

  129. Hi there! I was looking at your link to the sweet and sour chicken. I see it’s the generic recipe but how do you make it freezer friendly? Just bake as indicated and freeze afterwards? Thanks for any advice!

  130. Ok so the family and I are turning this into a FAMILY CHALLENGE! (because we home school) See if we can do more then 50 meals 😉 Its such a great idea! We will be taking some of our own recipes and using some of yours as well. ALSO we will be working some dessert ideas into it for the kids! We are gonna get set up this week and start next tuesday. Will keep you informed!

    Thanks so much for the inspiration!

  131. Hi!
    I was just wondering: I have heard that potatoes and creams both generally don’t freeze well. Did you have to do anything special for the twice baked potatoes so that they would defrost/cook well?

    • Happy.MoneySaver says:

      I haven’t had any problems cooking these up! I think because the ingredients are mixed together before freezing these freeze well. Let me know what you think after you try them!

  132. What are the serving sizes? I would like to do some of these meals for my husband and I.

  133. Just discovered this now and am so excited to cook for my pregnant friend! When you say you made 2 or 3 of these, I’m assuming you doubled or tripled the recipe correct? Each recipe you listed was just for one ‘serving’? Thanks!

  134. Lisa Morgan says:

    I can’t wait to try this out before winter sets in!

    Thanks for the inspiration!


  135. Hi! I’m so so thankful I found this site! I’m ready to start freezing dinners. My question- how do you wrap them properly for the freezer? I imagine just a layer of foil would get freezer burn like crazy!?? Any tips?

  136. Great ideas! However I am wondering if any one has recipes for prepaired ahead meals. Ones that I can bag up and freeze, and then thaw and crockpot the cooking process. I am not to sure what foods I can freeze and which ones do not turn out as well from freezing.
    Thanks a ton!

  137. Thanks for the new recipes. I have been making freezer meals for my parents. These are great for the days they are not feeling up to cooking. They just love them.

  138. Thank you for this, but I have problem with defrosting (unfreezing). I don’t have microwave oven, just usual one. How to defrost different types of food (veggies and meat) stored in one box?
    Thank you for your answer 🙂

  139. Hi,
    Do you have a shopping list for the meals?

    • Happy.MoneySaver says:

      If you click each meal it will give the printable recipe and ingredients that you can use to make your list!

  140. Jessica E says:

    When you take the meals out to cook them for dinner, how hot should the oven be and how long should you cook them? Does it vary based on each meal? And how long is the longest that I should attempt to freeze something ? Also when you freeze a casserole in the foil baking pans, do you just cover it in foil or do you use something else to make it more frost resistant?

  141. Hi Karrie,

    I have a question… freezing rice…. if I cook it ahead of time, what’s the best way to reheat it (microwave free)? Seems like I should add some liquid back in. any feedback would be greatly appreciated!


    • Happy.MoneySaver says:

      I usually just make a batch of rice fresh with my meal. I like it better. But if you were going to reheat it I would say add in a teaspoon of water for every cup of rice sprinkled on top of the rice. Then check it often to make sure it is not dried out.

  142. I’m just about to start the freezer meals and notice pasta, rice, potatoes and cheese in several of the recipes. I was always told they don’t freeze well and when you thaw them, they get mushy. Is there a secret to freezing these foods?

    • Happy.MoneySaver says:

      In certain recipes it works really well. I always test out a new freezer recipe with those ingredients first and then see how it freezes and cooks up. All of the recipes on my website have been tried, tested and approved! 🙂

  143. Hi, how do we know that can stay frozen, what needs to be defrosted and how to reheat it, ie. Oven temp & time for each meal?

    • Happy.MoneySaver says:

      Most of the frozen meals have directions on the recipe card for how to cook it. I do have to say if it is a lasagna or something dense I like to take it out of the freezer the day before and put in my fridge so the cooking doesn’t take that long in the night.

  144. I love your article! I’ve shared some of your tips on my blog. Thanks

  145. Can I use a vacuum sealer as opposed to Ziploc bags? Will this help keep the food longer in the freezer by chance?

  146. I’m excited to try your recipes. One little mention about chicken cordon Bleu, chicken fried steaks…my local meat shop sells these and several other items individually for a fraction of the cost to make them. All fresh ingredients and no fillers/junk in them. I love having those readily available without all the mess it entails. These are restaurant grade/quality foods. Soooooo good too!

  147. Hi, love the ideas here! Been doing freezer meals for ever and love it! I also have a small freezer and a deep chest freezer. One of the best investments we ever made! Our favorites are tamales enchiladas and chimichangas. I have done several types of pasta dishes and all work great! We love our homemade egg mc muffins too. I’ve even done leftover french toast, pancakes, and corn muffins. Oh and chinese stirfry… fajita meat… bbq pulled pork… um…um… YUMMZ!!!

  148. Kristen Doucet says:

    Just seeing you sitting on the porch with a glass of lemonade in your hand makes me want to do freezer meals LOL. I need some down time.

  149. wow, that’s inspiring!

  150. I am going to try this next month! I’m going to order a ton of chicken from Zaycon and stop by Costco for everything else. And I’m going to cook. And then I’ll have a summer break too!

  151. love the cinnamon rolls for my daughter, The enchiladas I do ‘lasagna style’. I add rice, beans, and layer the meat, cheese, sauce and tortillas.

  152. Hi, i just came across this website as i was looking to save money after losing my job, a few years ago when we were living off benefits we were lucky enough to find a vacuum sealer cheap in a local supermarket, i must say its been a god send, buying in bulk can be a bit of an outlay but i did that with sacks of potatoes and cheese, flour and baking products are normally fairly cheap because you don’t need to buy the best brands as they are all as good as the rest so i started making bread, cupcakes and muffins for the kids can also be frozen, beware of freezing mature cheddar cheese as it can be quite crumbly as it comes, once frozen and thawed it can be a total nightmare to work with and there’s no chance of getting nice clean slices from it but grated is fine.
    i am definitely going to try doing this all again, i never thought you could cook so much in a day but with plenty of planning and organising anything is possible right?

  153. Good idea except for the aluminum foil containers. When you heat aluminum, flakes of it come off in your food. I’m trying to eliminate it from my home.

  154. I didn’t see in the instructions where you should also have a bottle of wine on hand for the cook! 😉

  155. I’ve been doing this for a few years now. Love the fact that I can grab one from the freezer and take it to work for lunch. And the good thing about this idea is the meals are all calorie counted by bye to weight watchers expensive meals. Also add some more frozen vegetables which don’t have any extra calories. On the plus side you know what’s gone into the meal. Have fun and enjoy

  156. Heyy!!!

    These are great idea on saving meal time.

    I have in the past made meals and froze them for a later date (Chili, Cabbage Rolls, Baked Beans )
    Your recipes have put a whole new spin on frozen t.v. dinners. Thank you.

    Can’t wait to get started on making your menu.

    But its very certain to set the freezer at proper temperature..

    I have an upright freezer and I thinks its best to store frozen food in it…

    Thank you so much
    for the share

  157. Just officially became the Mom of four, and it’s been hectic. I’d heard about doing the make-ahead freezer meals, we finally have a deep freezer, and thought it might be a good solution for us. Trying to find recipes, I stumbled upon your page and was delighted to find that you started doing this for the exact same reasons I’m looking into it! Seriously, we’ve done cereal for dinner too, I thought we were the only ones! (Granted, my husband passed on his LOVE of cereal to the kids, so there’s never been a complaint, but stiiill not something I want to make routine).

    Thank you for taking the time to blog all about it! I’m looking forward to utilizing your site to try out the freezer meals for us. Congratulations on your book!

    • PS: I forgot to add that I really enjoy cooking, getting to spend one entire day cooking with someone watching the kids sounds like a treat right now! Especially knowing that the one day will yield sooo many meals, as opposed to just one holiday meal like at Thanksgiving. Thank you again, I’m happy to have found this page!

  158. How do you freeze the sweet and sour chicken recipe? Sorry for sounding a bit silly but I really appreciate it when you put the how to freeze steps on your recipes for the really un-initiated

  159. God bless you! I’ve been furloughed for a month and am dreading going back to work, I’m so tired and I’m gone from home for at least ten and a half hours a day.

    If I make these homemade freezer meals before returning to work I will be so much less stressed! Thank You!

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