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Freezer Meal Hacks

Fall is such a busy season! Not having to worry about dinner is such a nice feeling! Freezer meals can be your new best friend. Lisa Davis is the queen when it comes to planning out meals. Check out her tips to make freezer meal cooking a breeze.



Freezer Meal Cooking Supplies

1.     Foil pans

2.     Press and seal wrap

3.     Foil

4.     Jumbo size (2.5 gallons) Ziploc bags

5.     Tape, or post it, or note for labeling meals


 


Lisa's Tips for Freezer Meal Cooking


* These are just things that I have found helpful over the years.  I have had many freezer meal flops, so I try and learn from those and improve for next time.

1.     Always let a casserole come to room temp or colder before sealing, wrapping, and placing in the freezer.  If you put it in hot, the condensation that will form on the plastic under it will cause the food to become soggy when it thaws. Also, do not overcook pasta.  It will be soggy when you defrost it.  It’s better to cook it al dente.

2.     I usually over-wrap and seal my food.  I figure if I am spending this much time and money on something, then I would like to make sure it is preserved well.  After food has cooled, I wrap with press and seal wrap, then a layer of foil, and last, I place the whole foil pan into the jumbo-sized Ziploc bag and seal it shut.

3.     I personally do not prefer to eat meals frozen past 6 months, so make sure you label everything well with the date and what’s inside.

4.     I like to cook all of my meat a day or 2 before I am going to freeze cook.  It’s so much easier for me to pull out the cooked meat along with all of my other ingredients and sort out what goes where when I’m ready to start. 

5.     I usually block off a whole day to do my freeze cooking (minus the cooking meat).  I always plan ahead and get all of my cooking, dishes, and cleaning done.  

6.     Most of the casseroles I make can not be pulled out of the freezer and on the table for a quick meal.  They are always too frozen for that.  In order for me to eat one of my freezer meals I usually pull it out of the freezer the morning of or day before I need it and cook it on a lower temp (@300ºF) for about 2 hours before dinner.

7.     If you are needing more meal ideas to use last minute, it’s always a good idea to cook and freeze extra ground beef (or turkey) and rotisserie/shredded chicken.  I can very easily pull out a pound of frozen cooked ground beef and turn that into tacos, spaghetti, nachos, etc… in no time at all.

8.     Don’t get overwhelmed.  Start small!  Pick your family’s favorite meal and make 2 then freeze one.  When you are ready to eat it, you can always try it and see what you think.  From there, you can make adjustments to your family’s needs/wants/likes. 

Winter 2023 Issue
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