A Guide to Freezer Meals

  1. Set aside an afternoon or morning to make 10–20 meals at a time. Even though it sounds like a daunting task, this book will make the process a cinch. Make a list of the recipes you want to make, then get excited! You may even consider making multiple batches of certain meals. This is going to make your life easier in the long run!
  2. Make a shopping list for the recipes you’re going to make. Look at all the ingredient lists for the recipes you’ve chosen. As you write them down, categorize your list to make shopping a breeze! I love that I can grab all the ingredients I need quickly when I’m preparing freezer meals because all of my produce, meats, seasonings, etc. are grouped together on the list. Be sure to check in your pantry to see what you already have so you don’t buy more than you need.
  3. Buy precut veggies if you can. This will cut down on some of your prep time but probably won’t save you money. I like to buy precut mushrooms because I know they take a lot of prep work and I can easily find them presliced.
  4. If you can’t buy or find precut veggies, save some time by using your food processor. This makes chopping all the onions SO much easier!
  5. Have a butcher prepare your meat for you. Just call ahead and let them know exactly what and how much you need. They may even give you a discount, all while preparing your meats just the way you need them.
  6. Have lots of freezer bags on hand. I buy them in bulk so I always have plenty on hand. If you’re not a freezer bag user, then use good freezer-safe containers.
  7. Make sure to label all of your freezer bags well. Always put the date you’ve prepared the bag on them so you know how long it’s been in the freezer.
  8. Be sure to thaw your freezer meals completely before cooking unless it’s otherwise noted in the instructions. You will need 24 hours or more in your refrigerator to defrost them.
  9. Help to avoid freezer burn by removing as much of the air as you can from your freezer bags. Little coffee stirrer straws can help you get most of the air out. Insert the straw in the centre of the bag’s opening (being careful not to touch the raw ingredients) and while you’re sucking the air out, close the bag tightly around it, then slide the straw out and finish sealing. If you have a vacuum sealer, you may even consider that route.
  10. For best results, use your freezer meals up within 4–6 months of freezing.

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