Nearly every month and day of the year has some unique “holiday.” Did you know that March is recognized as national frozen food month? We didn’t either. To take advantage of this special occasion, we are going to share some tips on how to stock your freezer by doing some freezer cooking.
Freezer cooking is when you spend a day prepping meals, placing the ingredients in a pan or Ziploc bag, and then freezing them to use later. With just a little bit of planning, a trip to the grocery store, and a few hours on a weekend, you could pack your freezer full of dinners that just need to be heated.
Popular freezer meals are casseroles, Crockpot meals, breakfast dishes, and stews, but the options are really endless. To plan your day of freezer cooking, follow these steps.
- Find the recipes you want to make. A quick online search in Pinterest will yield plenty of recipes to choose from. Or, you can make recipes you know your family already likes and you think will freeze well.
- Make your grocery list. Go through each recipe and write down all the ingredients and supplies you will need. Make sure you buy enough aluminum pans or gallon-sized freezer Ziploc bags for your recipes.
- Plan your day. Organize the recipes so you can cook certain things at the same time. For example, if two of the recipes require you to brown some hamburger, cook it at the same time for both recipes.
- Put together the food. If you are using gallon-sized Ziploc bags, try to lay them flat in the freezer so they take up less space when frozen. Tightly cover any food in aluminum pans so they do not get freezer burned. Label and date all the containers and write any pertinent cooking instructions on them.
- Enjoy your fully-stocked freezer. Take a look at your fully-stocked freezer and imagine all the free time you will have now that all this food preparation is finished.
Are you going to try your hand at any bulk freezer cooking? Share your favorite recipes in the comments!