Why should I freezer cook? We hear a lot of reasons why people don’t freezer cook. But there are several that come up again and again. The idea of having meals ready to go in the freezer is intriguing to people, but they always give at least one “reason” (or ten) why that just wouldn’t work for them.
Try everything once. Don’t knock it until you try it. How do you know if you never try?
I will admit that I am a huge fan of freezer meal prep. Not only does it save time and money but it also makes every day a lot simpler. Just grab something from the freezer every night and you will have half your days job cooking done.
I know most people that do freezer cooking are constantly on the go with busy jobs or have a large family. Although it is just me and my son, I would rather spend that extra time with him. It can be hard cooking when it is just myself and him, due to his chromosome disorder there are good days and bad days. Most days I would not chance being in the kitchen for too long as I do not like him near me when i am cooking so I thought it would be best to work around that for him.
The chest freezer is most definitely the best money i have spent. Freezer cooking allows me to simply take the night off cooking whenever I feel like it and lets me spend more quality time with my son.
Make ahead freezer meals 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. Prepare while expecting so you don’t miss every precious moment.
- Folks who are sick, elderly or injured and cannot cook.
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.
What containers are good to use for 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 Discount stores where you can often get a pack for 1.50 – 2 Euro or a dollar if your in the states. Use large ones if it will be serving a large family or if you are freezer meal cooking for two you can buy the smaller sized ones.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 would only use these for soups. They take up a lot of room in the freezer so consider space when using them.
Here is a list of my favorite freezer meal supplies from Amazon uk.