Freezer cooking is not hard or complicated. It does take a little time but not much more than cooking one regular meal. However, it is very, very easy to make your freezer cooking session a FAIL. How can you fail? By trying to do too much at one time! I tried once to cook 3-4 different meals at the same time. Not only did it take FOREVER but I had the biggest mess to clean up afterwards and it was very late when I finished. Now I know better.
In order to make your freezer cooking session a success you need to have a plan. A freezer cooking plan does not have to be super detailed (unless you like lots of details). You just have to know what you are going to do and how you are going to do it. The day before I do a freezer cooking session I make sure I have enough of the ingredients for the recipe (nothing like running out in the middle of cooking) and proper storage materials for the recipe. Storage materials really depend on what you are making but the basics are freezer-safe dishes, zip top freezer bags, plastic wrap, aluminum foil, labels, and permanent markers. Once I have verified that I have all the ingredients and materials needed I plan out my attack. I have two tried and true plans that I use for freezer cooking.
One way I do my freezer cooking is by matching (and possibly doubling the recipe) my freezer cooking sessions to my menu for the week. For instance, if I plan on making muffins for breakfast one morning I will double the recipe and freeze the leftovers. The matching/doubling method works well for casseroles, muffins, waffles, pancakes, granola bars and other foods. Because my family is small, we do not double recipes unless I know we will eat them within 2-3 months. Most casserole recipes make large family size (serves 6-8 people) dishes with these we prepare a small dish for dinner and freeze the remaining mixture in zip top bags for another meal or two.
The second way I do freezer cooking is the assembly line method. On dishes or meals that are more complicated I set aside an afternoon or evening (sometimes it is just easier to work without Cakey’s help) to prepare them. Burritos are a very simple dish to make they just take time to put together. To make a batch of burritos for the freezer, I prepare all ingredients needed and set up an assembly line on the dining room table. The assembly line method works well for burritos, pockets, layered dishes/casseroles and other some assembly required foods. Pockets and burritos are family favorites, so when I make these I double the batches.
Just remember to start small, don’t try to fill your freezer in one day. If you prepare one recipe and freeze a batch or two of it you are doing great! I found it easier to start with recipes that do not require you to completely cook the dish prior to freezing it, like casseroles, burritos, breads and cookies. Foods like muffins, waffles, pancakes and pockets need to be fully cooked before freezing and can be intimidating at first.
Now that you have an idea as to how to freezer cook, you should try it! And let me know how it goes!
Have a blessed day!
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