Something someone said on another thread reminded me that I wanted to ask you guys about this!
So, this time around, I want to have a freezer stocked with meals. Other people in the family are going to be helping with meals for the first week so that I don't have anything at all to do with cooking (last time I was on my feet cooking a meal less than 24 hours PP....NOT happening again) but I want to have another week or two...preferably two....worth of meals stocked in the freezer ahead of time.
For those of you who have done this before....is there such a thing as starting too soon? I don't want to start stocking my freezer too soon, because I don't want to make the food gross....but the sooner I start, the more I'll be able to get done and THAT is my true goal.
A list of things I want to throw together:
- Shepards Pie
- Baked spaghetti
- Tuna Casserole
- Chicken soup with Lemon and rice
- Chicken soup with veggies
- Couple meals worth of Meat sauce for spaghetti
^ This is my list of things that freeze well and will be extremely easy for my DH to just throw into the oven and cook, or throw into a big pot and reheat. Not super food, as far as nutrients, etc....but I'll be eating our homemade yogurt, eggs, sprout salads, etc....so to me, it's worth the nutrient trade off just to not have to think about cooking for a couple of weeks.
So, my questions are:
1. All you women who freeze things long term a lot....how soon is too soon to start putting things in the freezer to prevent nasty freezer burn or whatever else...and do you have any tips for success with long term freezing?
2. What are some other ideas for things that can be baked in trays or can be made and frozen in freezer bags that are insanely easy to reheat for a DH who never cooks.
That is all! I am SO excited to try and get a jump on this...the peace of mind it will give me to have a weeks worth of food from other people, followed by a couple of weeks...maybe even three if I get a good jump on things....worth of food that I stock ahead of time is really important to me. I want to have a really, really low stress PP period this time. So my DH is taking two weeks of vacation from "birthday" until two weeks PP...and then I have the family members who I am closest to coming for a weeks after that in shifts to handle/help with child care for my other two. I even have my darling SIL staying for a few days over night after my DH goes back to work, to handle nighttime care with my DS (they are very close) so that I have another few days of focusing on my newborn without my DH going ragged from exhaustion.
I'm really proud of myself, because it's so hard for me to ask for help, that I've told everyone what I think I need this time around. My PP period was really sad and lonely last time and I didn't have enough support from my circle of females. I'm not repeating that mistake and I think the support I'm putting in place will make this transition very smooth for me, DH and for the kiddos. I'm just really proud. It's so hard for me to admit that I can't do it all...and just letting go of that and surrendering to the fact that I need help has taken so much stress off my mind!!!