Real Life Freezer Cooking for Moms

Real Life Freezer Cooking for Moms

I don’t know how many blog posts and YouTube Videos I have watched with women spending HOURS Freezer cooking. Well, I’m here to say that ain’t for me! If I was to spend that much time cooking while my children were awake they would tear up the house and possibly kill one another. I mean am I alone in this???

But lets face it somedays  in order to avoid eating out we need to have something that is we can just pop into the oven/crockpot.

Now, despite my totally apprehension to spend hours freezer cooking I still put away quite a few freezer meals every month! So what is my secret???  Well, I consistently do the following two things…

Freezer Cooking Made Easy
  1. I do a lot prep work throughout the month.  I cut up and flash freeze onions, green peppers, celery and any other vegetable of which I have an abundance. I pre-cook beef, chicken and pork seasoned only with salt and pepper so I have lots of flexibility as far as how to use it. So what is so special about what I do in comparison to the all day freezer cooking gals? The difference is I do it by piece meal by doing it when I am preparing a meal that calls for that particular ingredient. So instead of setting a special time aside to cook I do it during the normal course of my day. So if I am making  Tacos I might cook 6 pounds of ground beef and bag up the other 5 pounds we don’t need. If I am making something with green pepper then I cut up extra green peppers and freeze them. By doing this I save both cooking and cleaning time.
  2. Now here is where all of that food prep comes into play. When I am making dinner I purposefully plan to double and triple cook dinners that freeze well. All of the pre-chopped veggies and pre-cooked meats makes making dinner much less time intensive. So for example if I am making Lasagna I will make 2-3  lasagnas at one time and freeze the others.
How Many Frozen Meals Do You Need

Well, I do not know. It is going to depend on your lifestyle. I have 5 children with a busy sports & music schedules. I also like to have enough easy to make food on hand in case I get sick. So if you make do this 4-5x per month in 4 months you could have as many as 20 meals in your freezer. I  would ideally like to have about 10-12 frozen meals in my freezer.

  1. If you get sick how long are you normally sick for?
  2. How many sports practices and games will you have in a week that will make it difficult to make dinner?
  3. How long does it take you to restock your freezer meals?
  4. What things events do you have coming up that you (or your husband) will definitely need a to use a freezer meal?

Then make the number of freezer meals that seems appropriate to you. It’s not a science you’ll learn by trial and error how many meals you need and your freezer can hold.

A few suggestions
  1. Make sure you date and label the things you are sticking into your freezer.
  2. Keep a list of your freezer meals so you know what you have and you know if your supplies are getting low and it’s time to do some more freezer cooking.
  3. Purchase containers that you can leave in your freezer. I use aluminum containers and zip lock bags. Some of you will prefer not to use aluminum, if so please list what you use instead in the comments. However, what ever you use make sure you have plenty of supplies when you start cooking.

 

An Incomplete List of Things we freeze
  • BBQ pork  or chicken Meat for Sandwiches
  • Pork, Chicken Meat for tacos & Gyros
  • King Ranch Chicken
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Roast Ready to Go (Roast with all the fixins)
  • chicken/pork pot pie
  • Lasagna Spinach  or Beef
  • Enchilada Casserole
  • Duggar Hashbrown Casserole

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Kyle is a full time frugal wife of Wayneand Mama to 5 adorable children: Peyton (15), Parker (10),Pearson (8), Parson (3) & Providence (3). My hope is to present families with an attainable simplified model of classical education with a Charlotte Mason twist.She likes listening to audio books, watching the kids play sports or piano & doing anything with my husband! She likes to do all of that while having a cup of coffee! You can find her blogging on a regular basis here at Aspired Living, The Curriculum Choice & Womanhood with Purpose.

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Kyle is a full time frugal wife of Wayne and Mama to 5 adorable children: Peyton (15), Parker (10),Pearson (8), Parson (3) & Providence (3). My hope is to present families with an attainable simplified model of classical education with a Charlotte Mason twist.She likes listening to audio books, watching the kids play sports or piano & doing anything with my husband! She likes to do all of that while having a cup of coffee! You can find her blogging on a regular basis here at Aspired Living, The Curriculum Choice & Womanhood with Purpose.

13 thoughts on “Real Life Freezer Cooking for Moms

  1. This is a GREAT idea for the Homeschool Hopscotch!! Thanks for sharing it with us over at Coffee & Conversation, too 🙂
    Love how practical you are! I tried to do those freeze-a-month-of-meals-in-one-weekend plans, too, and the whole weekend of cooking ’bout made me HAVE to use them – I was exhausted!!!

  2. I am all about the simple! I try to make a double batch whenever I make pancakes or waffles so that I can freeze a bunch. I’ll do the same thing with soup, too. It’s so nice just to be able to pull something out of the freezer on busy nights! (And, I’ve never tried freezing mashed potatoes. Thanks for the tip!)

    1. That’s the point Gail you are not looking for new recipes that your family will like! Instead, you are using the old recipes you already have So make your families favorite meatloaf and make 2 or 3 instead of 1! Blessings 😀

  3. Love this, I tend to freeze the food before we cook it, as we only shop once a week. So this would actually not be too hard to do. Btw my kids might not tear up the house but oh yea on the kill one another. lol not alone!

  4. I love that you take getting sick into your consideration. It’s not the same thing, but I’ve started trying to stay several days ahead in my blogging in case I’m sick or my schedule gets crazy. I’ve had a crazy schedule AND been sick all week and have been so grateful that month ago Mel put in extra work to be prepared “just in case.” I’m back at square one right now, but am motivated to put in the extra work to get ahead again. A little extra goes a long way sometimes.

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