If you are cooking a meal that you know will freeze well. Go ahead and make two, three, or four times the amount of the dish at the same time. Eat one now and freeze the rest. It will save you time as you already have the ingredients out on your counter and available.
Here is the best tip though. Take the baking dish that you will be reheating or cooking the food in. Line that dish with aluminium foil. Make the recipe in the dish with the aluminium foil and freeze it in the dish. Then when the food is frozen, lift it out of the dish with the aluminium foil (there will be no sticking to the bottom)and wrap securely to prevent freezer burn. Be sure to label your dish and include any cooking or baking information. By removing the dish from your freezer you will be saving space and you will be able to continue using that baking dish for other recipes. Then when you are ready to reheat or bake your frozen meal, just unwrap it and place it back in the baking dish. It will fit back in there perfectly.
To get this tip to work well you need to have several dishes of the same size. 9" x 13" baking dish is a very common size for many recipes. Have 3 or 4 of the same size baking dish on hand so that you can make triple or quadruple the amount of your recipe.
I hope I have made sense here. Just think of making lasagna as an example. Line 4 baking dishes 9" x 13" with aluminium foil. Assemble four lasagnas all at the same time. Bake and eat one now. Place the other three in the freezer. When frozen, using the aluminium foil, lift the lasagnas out of the baking dishes and wrap for longer freezing along with baking instructions. In the future, when you are hungry for lasagna, just remove from the freezer and replace back in the original baking dish for baking.
You may be thinking you do not have room for 3 or 4 of the same size pans. Try to get pans that nest together to help save space in your cabinets.
Making multiple meals like this will save you hours. I'm serious about this. It is so nice to know that when I'm in a rush I have good food in the freezer ready made. All I have to do now is cut up some lettuce for a salad and make a little garlic butter for bread and I'm good to go.
Give it a try!
Nancy - Your How To Homemaker
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