Freezer meals are make ahead meals that can be frozen and then cooked or eaten later. For me, they represent so much more than that. They are my sanity! These freezer meal recipes are my tried and true favourites.
With a large family, freezer meals allow me to never have to worry about what’s for supper or have to run out at the last minute for forgotten ingredients. Batch cooking saves both time and money.
The work of meal prep is sooooo worth it when you can step back and admire your freezer full of meals. It’s such a satisfying feeling.
How long can freezer meals last?
Generally speaking, freezer meals last 3-6 months. If there is air in the container, then meals can become freezer burnt, so you want to be sure to remove all the excess air before freezing. You can also follow other tips for avoiding freezer burn.
My neighbour and I do a big freezer meal making marathon once every 3 months. This is enough meals for us to get through dinners until the following session. Sometimes we still have a few left from the previous session and so we of course, use those ones first before using the new ones. This ensures freshness.
Label your freezer meals with dates as well as the recipe name and cooking instructions so that you can easily see at a glance which meals need to be used first. I move my older meals to the top of the piles to ensure they get used first.
How do you freeze and reheat meals?
There are many ways to freeze and reheat meals. You can cook everything before freezing so that it just needs a quick reheat in the microwave, oven, or skillet. Or you can put the ingredients in raw and cook everything after it’s frozen either in the oven, skillet, Instant Pot, or Crock Pot.
What dishes freeze well?
Soups, stews, casseroles, meats with marinades, seafood, fillings, sauces, and even some pasta dishes freeze well. There are many meals that freeze and reheat beautifully and even dishes that can be made without cooking and frozen and cooked later.
There are some general rules to keep in mind when it comes to freezer cooking. You can read more about what freezes, what doesn’t, and how to adapt your recipes here.
Below, I’ve listed our freezer meal recipes. All of them are tried and true. They freeze and reheat well. Since I’m cooking for myself, my husband and our kids, the meals tend to be family friendly.
Freezer cooking has come a long way. It’s no longer just chili and soup. You’ll likely be surprised at the variety and versatility of freezer meal recipes. And the taste…mmmm…
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