Freezing meals

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
doilyMember
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Father's Vineyard Church/ A Touch of Class Banquet Center

We started last month. But how I did it, was when I cooked a meal that I knew would freeze well, I doubled it and then put half of it in the freezer when I was done cooking it or prepping it. That way I was building my stash without feeling overwhelmed. I’m due 12-19 for reference!

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Most things will keep well in the freezer for around a year! So start whenever you would like!
I tend to freeze meals as we go, I also have been cooking days for bulk freezes, when I have energy.
Today I made 2 sets of stuffed peppers to freeze, plus 1 for dinner, and 2 meat pies, one for tomorrow, and one to freeze. I also plan to do a shepherds pie tonight, either for this week, or to freeze!
I love how easy freezer meals are, we just make extra of whatever we are eating and freeze half. Perfect for the days you really just don’t feel like cooking anything, or just don’t have time!

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 1994

I’m not a big fan or freezing, but I agree, there are some things that might hold up better than others. I didn’t realize pregnant ladies started doing something like this, but it sounds likes a clever plan of action. I like the idea of picking some things that might freeze well and making big batches of it.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

You all impress me.  I have a feeling we’re just gonna spend a ton on takeout.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@ZoeyGirl:  Word. 

Props to batch cook-ers in general, pregnant or not! 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee

I just did 6 pans of food (3 meat loafs and 3 lasagnas) for a friend who is recovering from surgery.  All made in loaf pans from dollar store – the size gives about 4 servings each.  No need to wash dishes – just pitch the inexpensive aluminum pans. 

It took several hours on a Saturday morning to make and freeze them.  They’ll last in the freezer for several months, and they’re frozen ‘raw’ … just heat and eat.  Easy way to let my friend rest and stay off her feet in the kitchen for awhile. 

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I actually just plan to just do a meal prep weekend. Cut all the veggies/potatoes, precook meats (as needed) and then do an assembly line in to aluminum tins. If anyone needs Ideas check out my pinterest board: http://www.pinterest.com/msdiddles/yummy-food/

Or these other sites:

http://joelens.blogspot.com/2007/01/freezer-friendlymake-ahead.html

http://freezermealsforus.com/

http://www.justgetoffyourbuttandbake.com/category/slow-cooker-crockpot/

Post # 10
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Mrs. Doily:  

@emmos:  

For you ladies who already freeze meals, this is probably a really stupid question but what is the best way to store them?  I have a few good pasta dishes I can make in bulk and freeze, but I’m kind of at a loss for how to properly store them.  I just don’t think throwing foil over them would be enough?

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Catholic Church

Commenting to follow. Same question as @MrsWBS:.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I portioned things out in glass-lock containers so we could use one or two servings at a time.

You could also get those foil baking pans and do a batch of something like baked ziti or lasagna then freeze the whole shabang. I’d wrap that sucker hard, though – plastic wrap then foil.

I had such good intentions of having a huge freezer stash. I was going to spend my last weekends before my due date freezing batches of food. Instead I balanced a container of ice cream on my belly and watched Dr. Who reruns. Very satisfying, but less useful after the baby arrived. :-/

Post # 13
doilyMember
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Father's Vineyard Church/ A Touch of Class Banquet Center

@MrsWBS:  I’m really cheap, so I buy the foil ones from Walmart and leave the food out until it’s about room temp before I cover them and freeze them. I have also used freezer gallon bags in a pinch, but those are a bigger pain because you have to make sure that you have a place to lay them flat in your freezer and then pretty much freeze them one at a time so they don’t fit all wonky.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee

@MrsWBS:

there are several suggestions as to how to wrap/store freezer meals here – and at the links at the bottom. 

http://www.netplaces.com/freezer-meals/introduction-to-freezer-cooking/how-to-freeze-a-meal.htm

There’s always food saver vacuum sealer for some types of food as well.  I think everyone kind of has to figure out what works for them, but generally – keep air away from the food so it doesn’t freezer burn.    

 

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@MrsWBS:  I use a food saver for meat and zip lock bags for liquid (soup, marinades, etc). I’d love to figure out a way to use my foodsaver for liquids but haven’t been successful yet. ONe of the bee’s in some thread told me she partially freezes liquid in a tupperware then pops it out to food save. I’ll have to try that.

Post # 16
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Mrs. Doily:  

@fascinated:  

@MsJ2theZ:  

thanks for the helpful info. I barely cook as it is now so freezer meals will save us once baby arrives!

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