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Freezer Meals?

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 

I have never put up freezer meals before the births of my DS and DD, but with soon to be three kids it sounds like a great idea.  Can anyone direct me towards recipes or suggest meals best for doing this?  Also any tips are appreciated! 

 

Also when do you start?  Thanks!

post #2 of 10

I have never done it either.  But I am leaving for two weeks to go to Maine by myself.  So I have started planning to double two meals per week for 6 weeks.  That way my hubby has 12 meals ready to go.  Some of the things I am freezing (some we are canning) are Spagetti Sauce, Tomato Soup, Meatloaf, Acorn sqash stuffing, enchilada stuffing.  You can freeze most things.  We also have some easy meals planned, like hubby bbq'ing some chicken sausages from costco.

 

Also do you have a good support system?  Someone can sign you up for www.mealtrain.com and people can then sign up for days to bring you a meal.  We have a local AP group and we do this for each expecting mom.  When you have a group of 150 people, somewhere around 5-10 moms sign up to help and it is a wonderful thing!

post #3 of 10

Do you use your freezer in the fridge for this, or do you all have a deep freezer?

We have a fridge in the kitchen and a smaller cheaper one in the garage but neither really has the amount of room I'd gather cooking many extra meals would take.  How do you store them?

I'd love to get a deep freezer but I'm nervous since we live on a dead end private lane and when we lose power, it can be off for days (we live near the ocean so we lose it often).

 

If I can figure out a way to do this, I'd love to, at least vegetarian meals just for me, since I'm the only non meat eater in the house. (although the picky kids will sometimes eat what I make)

post #4 of 10
I had about 30 meals frozen last time and it was great. We bought a chest freezer mainly for this purpose. I try to keep a good stock of freezer meals all the time for DH to take to work and for J and I to eat when he does an evening shift or just for days when we feel like a hot lunch or don't want to cool dinner from scratch.

Last time I started about two months before J was due. I did a variety of complete meals, main components which just needed pasta/rice/salad made fresh and some baked treats. I don't like the texture of thawed rice but I've found pasta freezes well, especially if you slightly undercook it.

I have successfully frozen

- Tuna and veggie mornay
- spaghetti bolegnase
- lamb stew and veggies
- chicken/chick pea tomato stew
- lasagne ( veggie and beef)
- chilli con carne
- quiche
- zucchini slice
- roast lamb, veggies and gravy
- spinach and ricotta canelonni
- tomato/veggie pasta sauce
- pumpkin soup
- risotto ( if you don't mind the frozen rice which DH doesn't)
- pizza dough
- bagels
- muffins
- banana bread/cake
- date loaf
- jam slice

Lots of my recipes come from www.exclusivelyfood.com and I'm happy to post others if anyone wants them.
post #5 of 10
I haven't done many freezer meals either. I don't have a separate freezer so I don't have a lot of space for meals. I agree that a good place to start is just double the recipes that you are already making. I always cook at least 2lbs of ground beef at a time, use1lb, and then put the other in a freezer bag and freeze it flat in the feezer. Definitely freeze what you can flat in a freezer bag so it takes up less space and it thaws quicker. For things that you can't put in a bag, line a casserole dish with aluminum foil and fill it with your casserole, cover and place in the freezer. Once it's frozen, pop it out of the casserole dish and put it in a freezer bag or wrap in plastic wrap. This way you don't have all your casserole dishes held up in your freezer. A good website for some recipe ideas is onceamonthmom.com. Click on menus.

I did freeze a few meals before Eliana was born and it really helped a lot. I'll probably start freezing some meals a month or two before I have this baby.
post #6 of 10

I'm planning on freezings some meals for the time when meal delivery from friends run out (2 - 3 weeks post partum). We have a deep freezer. I'll be watching this thread for more suggestions. I'm thinking I'll try to do dairy and gluten free meals only.

post #7 of 10
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Originally Posted by katelove View Post

I had about 30 meals frozen last time and it was great. We bought a chest freezer mainly for this purpose. I try to keep a good stock of freezer meals all the time for DH to take to work and for J and I to eat when he does an evening shift or just for days when we feel like a hot lunch or don't want to cool dinner from scratch.
Last time I started about two months before J was due. I did a variety of complete meals, main components which just needed pasta/rice/salad made fresh and some baked treats. I don't like the texture of thawed rice but I've found pasta freezes well, especially if you slightly undercook it.
I have successfully frozen
- Tuna and veggie mornay
- spaghetti bolegnase
- lamb stew and veggies
- chicken/chick pea tomato stew
- lasagne ( veggie and beef)
- chilli con carne
- quiche
- zucchini slice
- roast lamb, veggies and gravy
- spinach and ricotta canelonni
- tomato/veggie pasta sauce
- pumpkin soup
- risotto ( if you don't mind the frozen rice which DH doesn't)
- pizza dough
- bagels
- muffins
- banana bread/cake
- date loaf
- jam slice
Lots of my recipes come from www.exclusivelyfood.com and I'm happy to post others if anyone wants them.

 

Awesome! Thank you so much! thumb.gif

 

We just picked up a full size freezer this past week off of Craigslist. It was on my list of things to get before the baby is here specifically so I could take advantage of bulk meat buys and to stock with meals for when the baby is here. The great thing about having a winter baby is that it is so much easier to feed your family, imo. Just throw something in the oven for a couple hours and voila! dinner is done. It was so hard to think of meals that didn't heat the house up with my summertime baby.

post #8 of 10

We have a chest freezer in the basement. I started freezing meals about two months before DD was born and had a good-size meal and snack stash by the time she arrived. Doubling meals you are making anyway is a good way to start. I was motivated to get cooking and freezing by purchasing a good number of large-size tupperware and disposable baking pans.

 

I froze soups, lasagne, turkey burgers with zucchini and cheese, quiche, pasta sauces, chili, pesto, fruit pies muffins, cookies, different kinds of pancakes and waffles (they freeze really well and are so much better and cheaper than store bought!) I also every time I went shopping I bought a few extra of things we like to have around and stashed them in a large storage container marked DO NOT TOUCH! - things like pasta, olive oil, canned tomatoes and beans, cereal, crackers etc. Also bought extra bagels and bread and the like so that we wouldn't run out of that for a while. Packaged cheese usually keeps for a long while so you can actually stock up on that too. It was totally doable and not overwhelming by just stocking up a little bit each time I went to the store.

 

Will probably start the process again mid September.

post #9 of 10
Things I froze last time that worked well were-
Tortilla soup
Baked potato soup
Chicken and dumplings
Enchilada casserole
Lasagna
a pasta casserole I made with noodles, ground Italian sausage and spaghetti sauce
Goulash
A chicken taco casserole
Stir fry
Chicken fajitas
And pizza smile.gif
post #10 of 10

Chicken soup w/matzo balls

Beef stew

Chicken apple stew

Turkey Chili (but DD got extremely gassy after I ate beans and onions, so I had to let DH eat all of this one lol)

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