It is always nice to have freezer meals available at home. Whether you are stocking up your freezer to prepare for the upcoming busy school year, or you are getting ready to have a baby, meals in your freezer give you a sense of security. There are a couple different types of freezer meals that I use, ones that are frozen before they are baked, and ones that are cooked and then frozen in individual serving sizes. I personally prefer the latter, but use both.
Precooked Individual Serving Size Freezer Meals:
The meals that can be cooked first are nice because they can be frozen in individual serving sizes. This makes it convenient to pull out the desired amount and quickly warm in the microwave at a moments notice. I especially love doing this with soups and enchiladas. Click the links below to find recipes that I enjoy freezing in individual serving sizes.
Chicken Enchiladas with White Sauce (Coming Soon)
Tatter Tot Casserole (Coming Soon)
Asian Pulled Pork (Coming Soon)
How to Freeze Soup:
My mom taught me this nifty trick for freezing soup without tying up your dishes in the freezer. Check it out.
- Muffin Tins
- Plastic Wrap
- Aluminum Foil
- Sandwich Bags
- Gallon Bags
- Permanent marker
- Scoop soup into muffin tins.
- Cover with plastic wrap and aluminum foil.
- Set on a level surface in the freezer until completely frozen.
- Once frozen, thaw out the soup just a little bit by setting the muffin tin in a cookie sheet filled with warm water.
- Use a fork to remove the frozen soup cups.
- Put two or three of the frozen soup cups into individual sandwich baggies.
- I like to double bag them to protect from freezer burn by placing all of the individual baggies into a gallon size freezer bag.
- Be sure to label baggies with the date and contents.
- When you are ready for a single serving of soup, place a few frozen soup cups in the microwave for a couple minutes and it is good to go!
Recipes That are Frozen Before They are Baked:
These recipes serve their purpose too. Since they are not cooked yet, they take up a larger family sized dish. These are great if you know you will have company, and don’t want to miss out by spending all your time in the kitchen. However, they typically require advanced notice as they can take several hours to thaw/cook. These meals don’t work so well on those nights when 5:00 sneaks up on you and you haven’t prepared anything for dinner yet. You kinda have to plan in advance to use these type of freezer meals, which is why I don’t like them as much as the precooked individual serving size ones. I do however like to use these on Sundays. I let them thaw while we are gone to church, and then come home and bake them for an hour or so. Sometimes it is nice to have a break from all the meal prep and still have a home cooked meal. Some of my favorite recipes to freeze before they are baked are listed below. Click the links to get my recipes.
White Vegetarian Lasagna with Artichokes and Mushrooms (Coming Soon)
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