It’s really easy to make delicious batch cooking freezer recipes that you simply pull out and cook – some of them don’t even need thawed!
If you find yourself stopping at the supermarket every day to pick up something fresh for dinner and would like to make life a little easier when it comes to meal preparation, then batch cooking and freezing may be the answer that you are searching for.
While I do not do a lot of freezer cooking the items that I do freeze are sure time savers especially on those crazy busy nights or when unexpected company shows up.
Follow these simple steps outlined below to get started making freezer meals then you can decide how many meals you want to make ahead.
It is possible to have a month or more of meals ready to go.
At first it might seem like the time spent could be better spent doing other tasks but when you consider the time it saves in the long run you will understand why many people prefer batch cooking and freezer meals over those freshly prepared nightly!
Make A List – Check It Twice
Before making a list of ingredients that you will need for your batch cooking excursion, it is important to decide what types of meals you would like to create.
It would be best if you incorporated the entire family’s likes and dislikes into the equation.
You do not want to take the time and effort to batch cook and have it wind up that no one cares for your choice of recipes.
Once you have established if you have a house full of carnivores or vegetarians or anything in between, begin researching different types of recipes.
Once you have found recipes that you think everyone will enjoy, take the time, and trouble to show them the ingredients as well as the finished products via pictures if possible.
Have each family member pick and choose their favorites and write the recipes on individual index cards.
Now some of you know your family well enough that you might feel you don’t need to do this however I have found that letting the rest of the family have a say so makes them feel more involved.
It also gives you the opportunity to hear what some of your family members might like that others do not.
You can always make up lunches or snacks for each individual family member if time permits so they have something “special” that appeals to them alone.
This is great especially if anyone carries their lunch to work or school – and having frozen snacks on hand is well worth it when your family wants a late night snack and the pantry is looking a bit bare or no one wants to cook.
Freezer Meal Meats
There are two main foods to begin your batch cooking and freezing recipes with that will not require many ingredients.
Those two base foods are chopped meat and chicken.
From these two food groups you can make a number of freezer meals that will turn out nicely.
Chopped meat can make the following popular foods:
- Mexican style casseroles
Chicken can be used in a variety of ways:
- Chicken cutlets
- Stuffed chicken breast with ham and cheese
- Chicken and rice casseroles
- Chicken strips for salads, fajitas, or even added to pasta with broccoli
These are just a few ways you can use chicken and chopped meat in freezer meals.
There are many other ways and I encourage you to do some research and find out what recipes freeze well.
Be sure to save the bones from the chicken for use in making bone soup at a later date!
If you begin your batch cooking and freezing endeavor by spending a little bit of money on fully stocking your pantry, you will discover that reaching for the lime juice for that chicken recipe or garlic powder for those meatballs is going to make life simpler and easier on all levels.
Once you have bought meats and poultry in bulk, cut it up yourself, and separate it.
Now you have the beginnings of a successful start at batch cooking and freezing with very few ingredients.
Stocking your pantry with chicken broth , marinades, and spices will make batch cooking and freezing as easy as pie.
Many of the herbs and spices are easy to grow yourself – or maybe you have a friend who grows these items.
Spending the time to dehydrate or freeze fresh herbs or spices is another great way to stock your pantry without breaking the bank.
Use your chicken bones to make bone soup – then freeze or can the broth after removing the bones.
You can freeze whole lemons, limes or oranges and juice them as you need them.
Be sure to look at places such as the dollar stores in your area for pantry items as well.
Now that you know how to get started making delicious batch cooking freezer recipes, quit procrastinating and give it a try.
I know you will be glad you did!