Have you wanted to try freezer meals and gotten overwhelmed by the bulk cooking sessions? You’ve seen the pins where they promise 20 or more meals in a few hours?
But when you start looking into it, there’s a ton to coordinate! Figuring out all the ingredients for all the recipes (especially if you’re making multiples). Then you lay out all those freezer bags and have to determine how much of each item goes in each of those 20 bags!
And some items might require cooking or preparation before it can go in the freezer bag. Then comes my favorite part…chopping…and more chopping…and still more chopping.
Even if you don’t want to participate in a marathon cooking session, you can still grow your freezer meal stockpile.
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Want to know my freezer meal secret?
Just make a larger batch of what you are already making for dinner!
Here’s a couple of examples so you can see how it works:
We love ricotta stuffed shells. I make an entire box of the jumbo shells pasta and a double batch of cheese filling.
Half of the shells are cooked that night for dinner and the other half are frozen for another night.
When we want tacos, I’ll make 2 or 3 pounds of seasoned ground beef. After dinner, whatever is left is divided into the serving sizes my family eats.
I didn’t cook any extra but ended up with several future meals. The meat can the just be defrosted overnight and reheated in the microwave in a few minutes. It could be reheated on the stovetop as well.
We do a big batch of sloppy joes the same way. Or you can brown a big batch of meat to add to spaghetti sauce.
Freezer meal cooking does not have to be a daunting task. Cook a double or triple batch of your favorite recipes. Over time, your freezer meal stockpile will grow.
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Need more freezer meal ideas?
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