After a day of work, chores, volunteering, driving to and from school, running errands, music lessons, play rehearsals, football practices and PTA meetings, you don't necessarily want to come home and cook dinner. You could run through the drive-through (again) or you could turn to your freezer for help.
Freezer cooking simply means preparing meals in advance and freezing them until you are ready to serve them. It is a great way to have healthy, homemade meals available for your family, even on those busy days when you don't have time to cook.
It is easy to get started. First, you need to have proper storage supplies on hand.
To prevent freezer burn, make sure that you use freezer bags instead of regular storage bags. Freezer bags are great for storing many items like vegetables and side dishes. They are also great for liquids like soup. You simply freeze them flat, and then they can stack upright like CDs.
Sturdy plastic containers
These are great for individual sizes, because they can go from the freezer to the microwave. They are also dishwasher safe.
These are ideal for family-sized, casserole-type dishes. Because they are disposable, they are a great option if you plan on giving a meal away. They also save on clean-up.
Aluminum foil is used for covering pans or wrapping an odd-shaped item. It can be reused or recycled after use.
Once you have your supplies on hand, you can get cooking!
Favorite Freezer Foods says that batch cooking is the easiest way to get stocked up on make ahead freezer meals. Batch cooking is easy to plan for, inexpensive to start and doesn't require too much storage space. You can get started in three easy steps.
Once you get the hang of batch cooking, you may want to try something a little more ambitious like once a week or once a month cooking. You can also get together with a few friends for meal swaps where you each cook batches of favorite meals and then swap them with each other to save time and effort while adding variety.