Monday, April 11, 2011

April Freezer Meals Part 1

My other sister and I have completed another big batch of freezer meals.  We made between 4-6 meals of each dish with the exception of one or two.

Freezer cooking is a good way to save time in the kitchen over dinner hour.  If you don't like cooking or making a mess every evening, this might be for you.  With a some preparation and planning and a big day's work, you can have enough meals made for 1-2 months.  It is easier and more fun to do it with a friend (or sister, like I do) that has the same size family.  Go here to read more on how to plan and for recipes.

If you have little children, now is the time to start.  My sister and I don't have babies anymore which is to our advantage.  But it can still be done with small children.  Making 4-6 meals for a family with one or two small children would not take as long as a family of 5 with bigger children.  So you  should be able to make enough meals for a month or two in less time than it takes my sister and I.

You don't need to do one big day either.  That is the way we prefer it.  But if you are short on time, just do some extra every evening when making dinner and you will be freezer cooking!  It does not take that much longer to do a little more.

Also, as the saying goes, "Practice makes perfect."  It is true.  The more you do it, the more efficient you will get. It also depends on what type of meals you make.  The more cutting and preparing you have, the longer it will take. 

This month, I decided to try a different container to put some of my meals in. 

I usually use Take-Alongs made by Rubbermaid.  But they break from the cold with the least little bump.  Gallon and quart bags are probably the cheapest to use.  But they are not always conducive to layered dishes. 

My other sister has been buying a glass 11 cup Pyrex container.  It is very nice but also a little pricey.  It usually runs around $7.  A while back, Weis had a B1G1 sale that you could match up a coupon with and that brought the price way down to the affordable stage(Probably around $3).  So I bought two this time to try them out.  I think I will like them.  Then I am going to wait for this big sale and then buy up!

Look for more posts this week for recipes and pictures of our 80 dishes that my sister and I had made last week!

Do you do Freezer Cooking?  Let us a short comment saying "Yes, I do!" and you also can share a little on how you Freezer Cook.  With a friend?  A big day or just a little here and there?   We would love to hear!

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6 comments:

Amanda said...

I do freezer cooking, too. I usually stick to one type of meat at a time. When I find a good deal, I will stock up and then cook a bunch of recipes using it. I'm about to do a whole Turkey in the next few days, but here is a link to the last one I did with ground beef:
http://saving-myself-silly.blogspot.com/search/label/freezer%20cooking

I use aluminum disposable pans for my casserole type dishes. i wrap them in foil and then bag them. I give these away to church friends who have had babies or whatnot pretty often too, and its simple because they can just pop it in the oven and then toss it.

Frugal Pals said...

Thanks so much for sharing! I like your idea of doing one meat at a time. It seems that would be very efficient in doing a lot in a short amount of time.

Laura said...

Yes I do.. sometimes with friends we do a whole day. But on a regular basis, I often make a double batch of whatever casserole or soup I'm making for supper.. and put one in the freezer. I also always do this with cookies/cinnamon rolls etc.. make a huge batch so some can go in the freezer. (P.S. - the cookies/cinnamon rolls go in the freezer already scooped or rolled, but not baked. Then you get to have the "fresh Baked goodness" again and again.)

Frugal Pals said...

Laura, we did the unbaked sticky buns for the freezer. Did you find they did not do well long term, as in more than a month?

Amanda said...

I haven't tried freezing dessert breads. I will have to try that. I have frozen homemade (unbaked) dinner rolls. I freeze them in muffin cups and then pop them in a freezer bag. I have found that they are pretty dense if they are frozen much monger than a month too, though. And I'm all out. I should fired up that bread machine. ;)

Frugal Pals said...

When it comes to Freezer cooking, the options are endless! I feel thrifty with my time, when I make up a bunch for the freezer!

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