If you follow me on Instagram you probably saw a few pictures of my freezer cooking day a few weeks ago. I love freezer cooking and have been doing it for years.
There are many ways to freezer cook, but I don’t think there is really a right way or wrong way to do it. Like menu planning, I think freezer cooking is about making it work for you. I used to freeze casseroles and whole meals, now I prefer to focus on freezing parts of the meal because it works better for my schedule and the way we eat now.
Today I am teaming up Jessica from Life As Mom today to share how we do freezer cooking. Jessica is full of freezer tips and ideas. Today she is sharing 5 easy ways to fill your freezer so be sure to head over to Life As Mom for her tips. Jessica is also the author of Not Your Mother’s Make-Ahead and Freeze Cookbook. Yes, she knows her freezer cooking!
Today I am sharing a few of my favorite freezer cooking tips along with a quick look at my recent freezer cooking day. If you are gluten free be sure to check out my tips for gluten free freezer cooking.
On my recent freezer cooking day my counter looked like this.
Now for my favorite freezer cooking tips.
Crock Pot Freezer Cooking
I use my crock pot all the time for freezer cooking. And as you can see I have three of them. Putting your crock pot to use when it comes to freezer cooking makes freezer cooking easy.
Think Outside the Box
It is easy to freeze chili and take it out and eat it as a bowl of chili, but it is also easy to change it up. This will keep your freezer meals interesting.
Taco meat can be used for tacos, but also for taco salad, enchiladas, quesadillas, taco soup, over baked potatoes, as taco fries or tater tot nachos. Taco meat is one of my favorite things to keep in the freezer because it is so versatile.
Roast can be served as roast or as roast beef sandwiches.
Cooked and shredded chicken can be used in soups, enchiladas, salad, sandwiches and more.
My favorite container for freezer cooking is not really a container it is freezer bags. I love freezer in bags because they freeze flat and don’t take up a lot of space. I have frozen everything from taco meat to chili in freezer bags and it works great. Just be sure to defrost the bag on a plate or container in case the bag splits or gets a hole in it. Yes, I learned that the hard way.
The other containers I love to use for freezing are simply glass pyrex type containers with lids. I have found that plastic gets brittle over time in the freezer and I have had too many containers crack and split. I do still use some plastic containers, but I am slower switching over to mainly glass.
There are a lot of brands of glass containers. I love pyrex, but I also have some with the lids that lock down and I love those also.
Cool Food Down Before Freezing
Always try to have your food completely cold before freezing. I almost always place my food in the fridge for a few hours or overnight before placing in the freezer. This really helps reduce freezer burn.
Those are a few of my tips, now I would love to hear your favorite tips or foods for freezer cooking.