Think freezer cooking means marathon cooking sessions? I’m going to show you how to stock your freezer without losing your mind.
Does the thought of freezer cooking bring to mind counters covered with every pot, pan, and small appliance you own? Coupled with hours of cooking and seemingly endless rounds of dishwashing?
While this one way to fill your freezer I am going to show you have I stock mine in hardly any time at all.
How to Stock Your Freezer without Losing Your Mind
Make meal components
Instead of making full on casseroles or other meals cook the protein or make another time consuming aspect of the dish. Keep browned and seasoned ground beef and chopped and shredded cooked chicken in the freezer. Pizza crusts, meatballs, spaghetti sauce, and seasoned and shaped burger patties are other tasty options.
You can also freeze cooked dried beans to use as a side or as the star in a meatless meal.
Double Up on Recipes You Know and Love
Why not take advantage of the fact you’re already elbow deep in meatloaf or lasagna to have an extra one or two to freeze? Most of the time it doesn’t take any longer to make an extra
Smaller families may not even have to double some recipes to have enough for multiple meals. Beef and Mushroom Stuffed Shells and Football Casserole would be two meals for two or three people as written.
Whip up a batch of your favorite marinades, add protein, and freeze.
Some people have issues with texture depending on whether the acid used was lemon juice versus vinegar. However, I have used both acids and never had a problem.
Freezer Cook in an Hour
One or more of these four easy ideas can help you stock your freezer with delicious home cooked meals for your family.
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