(Closed) FREEZER COOKING: Who does this, and best recipes?

posted 6 years ago in Cooking
Post # 3
18643 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I just started doing it.  I used the site Once a Month Mom.  The menus are already chosen and you can change the amount of servings to an amount you need.  I might be doing some this weekend because I’ve run out of lunch options.

Post # 5
1212 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

mememe – lots of times I get in full on cooking mode though and end up cooking the actual dish and freezing it.

Usually found in our freezer in large already cooked  lunch size portions or meals to be cooked from frozen portions are:

Chicken and or Beef tacos

C a/o B Quesadillas

Cabbage Rolls

Stuffed Peppers

Shepherds Pie


Soup stuff – meats and veg ready for simmering

Irish Stew

Veggie/Meat Fried Rice

Various Noodle dishes

Thai Coconut Curry

Pork Tenderloin and veggies ready to go (also beef T)

Pulled Pork to make quick wraps with uncooked peppers, cheese on a toritlla and stick in the sandwich maker to seal it. Great for lunches. I’ll freeze shredded chicken for this too.

There are lots of great recipes that freeze well on Allrecipes, most I just kinda make up myself with the basics. I try to do large lots of meats that can go to different things – shredded chicken – wraps, quesadillas, tacos etc. Pork/beef/veal mix – stuffed peppers and cabbage rolls. Two pork tenderloins, one for a roast with veg and one to shred for pulled pork.

The veg are best if blanched and then frozen. I’ll do sheets of veggies at a time, divide them up into bags for 2, 3, 4 size meals and pull out accordingly – if we are having company or just want leftovers for lunches. I rarely rarely ever cook anything that cannot be made into some kind of lunch the next day.


I’ll try to find some of my recipes and links and post them later. I will tell you this was definitely one of the ways to FIs heart and he loves bringing lunch to work when most of the guys have micro meals or sandwiches. Boys are cute. Sometimes.





Post # 6
18643 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

@LizLemon:  Some things are cooked before and some of them aren’t.  Lunches are cooked before since I work outside the home.

Post # 7
328 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

We don’t do full-on freezer cooking, but we do freeze a lot of stuff to have on hand for convenience. For example, we only buy meat when its on sale, and then freeze it in small packages (1 lb ground beef in a freezer bag, two chicken breasts in another, etc.). Only buying it when it’s on sale saves us a lot of money, and having it on hand saves us time. We just plan our meals based on what’s in the freezer/what’s on sale that week.

Post # 8
2854 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Not sure if there’s one near your location, but we do Let’s Dish from time to time – a little expensive at the outset, but the breakdown cost per serving is very reasonable and the food is all portioned and ready to cook. They’re awesome.

One of the food network people used to be big on the frozen bags of food – I think it was Robin Miller? Not sure if she’s still on.

Post # 9
3175 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

This is perfect timing! I’m freezing a month’s worth of meals in individual portions for my fiance while I’m out of town 🙂

Right now, I have chili & an Italian style stew. Today, I’m planning to make coconut chicken curry, meatballs & sauce, cabbage rolls & chicken tenders.

I find that the easiest way to do “freezer cooking” is that, when you’re making a dinner in the evening that is freezable, just triple or quadruple the portion and freeze the extra. 

As far as whether things are cooked or not- I cook some meals & just prep others. For instance, the chicken tenders I will just prep, freeze on a cookie sheet, and stick in a plastic baggie until I’m ready to cook them. 

There’s a lot of good information here http://moneysavingmom.com/downloads/freezer-cooking-planners

Post # 11
5371 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014 - Ontario, Canada ♥ EDD- April 2016

@LemonJack:  We do that too and it’s been really helpful! It saves money and time (:

Post # 13
127 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

I cook and then freeze a ton of stuff!  We have a big freezer chest in our garage and in there at the moment is about 3 different kinds of soups, homemade sauce, meatballs, eggplant parm and veggie lasagna.  When I cook certain things like soup and sauce I just make extra and then freeze it in containers.  It’s so easy on lazy nights to pull out some soup and make a quick salad for dinner.

Post # 14
18643 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

So update, I spent 4 hours yesterday and made 12 breakfasts and 22 lunches.  I really recommend it!

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