|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
Chocolate chip banana bread
Tortilla dough – for homemade tortillas
Chicken pot pies
Italian zucchini pies
Cooked beans (bagged in 2 cup portions)
Cooked and shredded or diced meat
Spaghetti sauce with meat
Do you have a favorite freezer meal? Please share!
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