This is Part Two of my three part series. Check out Part One here .
Now that you have your list of meals decide how you will prepare them. Most people around have decided to do one big day where they prepare all their meals. This may work for your family best. I like to do it slowly over time adding in one or two meals to my regular weekly plan. Say I want to make chili for our freezer so I choose one night of the week I will make chili and I double (or triple…that was a lot) the recipe and make it all at once. This works for any of the meals I intend to freeze, I just choose a different meal or two for each week.
I like this approach for several reasons. One it spreads out the cost over the course of several weeks or months so that you aren’t hit with one really large grocery bill. Two it isn’t as overwhelming as cooking for 4-6 hours on a Saturday. Three you minimize the number of dirty dishes this way.
Once I have my meal for the week, I make it right along with dinner for that night. This is how I cut down on dirty dishes. And then it is usually a baking meal so I bake one and use a disposable tin, plastic wrap and foil to prepare my meal for the freezer.
To stay organized I use a sharpie to write on the foil what the meal is and how it is prepared. If it is a crockpot meal I use a gallon size bag also writing the name of the meal and the directions on the bag.
Also remember to include the date on your meals. This way you can judge how long you have to use them up. Most of the meals stay good for 6 months so you can start planning 3-4 months ahead of time.
Other things I have frozen to prepare for winter. Bread, hamburger & hotdog buns, as a note, they aren’t as awesome as fresh bread but they freeze and thaw well to use in a pinch and also keeping you from frantic expensive trip to the store. Eggs, I have yet to use them but people claim eggs freeze well for use in baking. I broke the eggs, lightly scrambled them and froze them in an ice cube tray. Orange juice concentrate and lemonade concentrate to mix things up when all you have is water left at your house. What other types of food do you freeze for use in meals?