Freezer Cooking

Last week’s freezer meals and components – 7 packets of cooked beans, strawberries, tortilla dough, cooked and shredded chicken, and a bag of stroganoff from last night.

One big way I cut costs is to stock my freezer with pre-made meals and meal components. It’s frugal because I can stock up on meals we like when ingredients are cheap (like stroganoff when mushrooms are cheap, or shredded chicken when leg/thigh quarters are cheap). But I also like it because it saves me TIME! Having meals in my freezer helps me a lot. And, it keeps up from eating out as much!!

I admire people who can take an entire day or even a weekend and make hundreds of meals all at once. Unfortunately, that doesn’t work for me with four kids underfoot. Yet, I’ve found a way to make freezer cooking work for me. I simply double, triple, or quadruple my nightly meal, and add the leftovers to the freezer. Voila! Meals in the freezer!

We do have to be careful, though, or some of the more popular meals will be eaten in one night!. I make sure I portion out the nightly meal so I have all my leftovers to save.

Each week, I try to plan out what I would like to make extras of. It doesn’t always happen, but having a plan helps keep me on track.

Food I freeze:
Fruit – bananas, strawberries, berries, diced or sliced apples
Bread
Chocolate chip banana bread
Tortilla dough – for homemade tortillas
Beef Stroganoff
Taco meat
Lasagna
Chicken pot pies
Italian zucchini pies
Cooked beans (bagged in 2 cup portions)
Cooked and shredded or diced meat
Marinara sauce
Spaghetti sauce with meat
Scone packets
Muffin packets

Do you have a favorite freezer meal? Please share!

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Comments

  1. Love this idea. I need to start planning ahead so that I can do more of this. A group of friends in my community have started a Freezer Swap group where we meet once a month to swap meals/components like these. It's wonderful to have food in the freezer and it's wonderful to try new things from others' kitchens.

    Oh and some breakfast food freeze well for a quick and easy breakfast (or supper): pancakes, french toast, breakfast burritos, breakfast casserole, etc.
  2. I've done this too but not on the scale I would like to do. It's on my to do more often list! :)

    I wish I had a bigger freezer sometimes.
  3. Susan, yes! I also freeze meatloaf and chili. Forgot about those. And Staey, breakfast! Of course. I freeze a lot of waffles. I keep intending to make breakfast burritos, but haven't yet. Pancakes never last to freezer, but I do make a pancake dry mix that I keep in my fridge.

    And Michele, watch the ads in the winter. Jewel-Osco and HyVee both do a deal (I think in Feb around Super Bowl time) where you buy a little chest freezer for $150 or so and get that much back in coupons for free freezer items. Mostly processed stuff - but you can see the list of coupons ahead to time to see if it might be a way to get a freezer. I LOVE my freezer!!
  4. We freeze chili and lasagna because I always end up making more than we eat. Love having meals in the freezer. Thanks for linking up to the Frugal Tuesday Tip, enjoy reading your posts.
  5. This is great! I am not very good in this area. I didn't know that you kept homemade pancake mix in the fridge! Good to know!
  6. The link for the scone packets did not work. I guess because you just moved your blog? Would love to try these--will keep checking back as I just found your blog recently and LOVE it!
  7. Oops! The link may not work, but I searched under recipes and found your scone recipe wherein you described how you make this freezer friendly. I told you I'm a newbie!
  8. Barbara, thanks for your kind words! I fixed the link - and yes, it's because of the blog move. I've fixed so many, I've lost track of what I haven't done. So if you find anymore. leave another comment! :-)

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