I started doing freezer meals about six years ago when I was having some health problems. On the days I was not feeling well I would end up having my husband bring home pizza or he would have to cook. I realized I had to make a change that enabled our family to eat healthy even when I was not feeling up to cooking.
I have been doing freezer meals since. I have changed over time how I do them though. I now am in better health and can focus more on cooking. My problem now is I am busy. I have three kids that I home school. We have piano lessons, trips to the library, church, and many other things that keep our lives busy. I want my family to eat healthy but still allow for the days when I do not have time to cook.
When I first started doing freezer meals I would do around thirty meals at one time. I would shop one day and cook for the next two. This worked well at that point in my life. I would cook a lot when I was having a good week and then I would have plenty of meals in the freezer for when I wasn’t. I know that this is the way a lot of people do it. I have found this is not what works best for me now.
I have adapted my freezer meal planning to fit our life better now. I usually will double or triple recipes and eat one freeze the rest. I will do this over the course of a week or two. That way I do not have to take up three days to do meals but I can still get quite a few meals in the freezer. I have also found that we did not need as many meals in the freezer at this point in our life.
I have found that a lot of the recipes in cookbooks that are on freezing meals are not recipes my family really liked. I have read a lot of them and I owned several at one point. I even have a computer program that helped calculate recipe amounts and tasks that needed down. But I found a lot of the recipes were just not things I would cook, they were not very healthy and I did not like doing a cooking marathon over a couple of days. I have had the most success by adjusting my own recipes a little and learning what types of recipes freeze well.
I really think having meals in the freezer can be a great help and blessing. It enables me to always have a meal ready to take to someone in need. It is very beneficial for those preparing for the birth of a baby or a mother this is facing surgery. I plan on doing several posts over the next few weeks about freezer meals. I hope to give ideas and recipes. I also will tell you some of the things I have found that worked or did not work for me.
I know a lot of you probably already do freezer meals to some extent. If you have any tips that I do not cover let me know. I am sure others would be glad to hear them.