Freezing Meals

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Registered: 04-17-2008
Freezing Meals
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Mon, 08-02-2010 - 1:47pm

So, I need to start freezing some meals so that DD, DH & I don't starve to death after the twins get here!! LOL But I guess I'm trying to figure out what the best storage containers are to freeze meals.

I'm planning on doing lots of casserole type stuff, soups and chili. I'm trying to do things are inexpensively as possible, so keep that in mind.

And another question - has anybody frozen something that DIDN'T reheat well or something? I just don't want to waste any time, energy or $$ if I don't have to!!! LOL

TIA!!!

Kandyce

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Registered: 07-17-2008
Mon, 08-02-2010 - 2:57pm
I usually freeze portions from each meal so I have lunches later in the week when leftovers don't sound so bad. ;-) I've found things that have sauces on them heat nicely, rice is okay, potatoes are fine. Dry meats are the worst, they toughen up and taste funny IMO. Sorry I can't be more help, maybe start small with just a single portion of a meal and taste it a week or so later to see how it goes?
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Mon, 08-02-2010 - 7:38pm

My mother is the queen of cooking and freezing and I've inherited that from her. I just use the cheap tupperware from the grocery store, but depending on what it is, you can also wrap it in seran and then tinfoil or even use ziplocks.

Things like beans (lentils, black beans, etc.) are SUPER cheap, REALLY easy (think, soak overnight in water, add to crockpot with some chicken stock and let it cook for hours) and freeze incredible well. Then you just cook up some rice and there's dinner.

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Registered: 02-26-2008
Mon, 08-02-2010 - 7:55pm

enchiladas freeze really well...I also know someone who does her own frozen burritos...I haven't tried them, but she likes them.

I will also freeze pasta sauces and then DH just needs to cook some noodles and defrost the sauce....

One other thing I do is that I'll cook a whole bunch of shredded chicken or pork (in the crock pot) and just freeze the meat. Then, it's really easy to pull it out and make pulled pork sandwiches, tacos, nachos, etc...

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Mon, 08-02-2010 - 8:34pm

We plan to the same thing,

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Registered: 11-13-2008
Tue, 08-03-2010 - 5:08pm

I do the same thing as Sarah, cook a bunch of chicken in the crockpot and portion out the shredded chicken to be used later.

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Registered: 06-18-2004
Tue, 08-03-2010 - 6:51pm

If you have some place like Dream Dinners or Dinner My Way near you, you might want to consider that. We used Dream Dinners for a few years and I loved it.


I'm not sure that it's necessarily cheaper than preparing my own meals, but we definitely had more variety and we ate healthier. It was definitely much more time efficent and when you consider the value of your time, it was completely worth it. All of the prep work is done for you so you don't have to deal with shopping and chopping and so on. If you consider that I would go and make more than 30 meals in 2 to 2 1/2 hours, it was definitely worth my time.


I still make some meals and freeze them separately too. Here are some of