Sunday, May 30, 2010

How to do Multipe Make Ahead Meals Freezer Meals

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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16 comments:

Camille said...

What a cool blog! I found you on Women Who Do It All, I'm your newest follower. I'm a home-ec. teacher myself, so we have lots in common - can't wait to see more of your great ideas!

Busy Mummy said...

awesome tips!!! newest follower from Women Who Do It All :):) I am a new blogger and could do with some new friends! http://theadventuresoffamilyof5.blogspot.com

momstheword said...

I agree that it's so nice to have a few meals in the freezer. I bought some foil pans from the grocery store and just reuse them over and over and that works too. I like to cover the top with aluminum foil and I write the baking instructions right on the foil with a black marker.

I think it's awesome that you've started this blog and I love the blog name! I look forward to reading more.

Thank you for linking up today, however, you forgot to mention the meme and give a courtesy link back to my blog. I'd appreciate it if you could fix that! Thanks, my friend.

The Not So Perfect Housewife said...

What great ideas.
I'm just stopping by via the Making Your Home Sing blog..
You have a very cute blog here!!

Erin said...

Any recipes that work well you want to share? I would love to do this!

Diana said...

What a great idea! I'm always looking for ways to have a good home cooked meal WITHOUT spending all time is takes in the kitchen... since I both work full time AND go to school. =)

Blessed Mommy of 2 said...

I know this might not be the brightest ?, but how do you know how to 'reheat' the food? I would be interested in freezing meals but am concerned I might botch the reheat. Any websites with guidelines? =)

MeMe said...

I am 46 and my kiddos are grown. Where were you 20 years ago? God has blessed you with an amazing gift! I am using them now and passing them onto my Adult children, you are already a part of our family!

Thanks,
Erica
San Angelo, TX

Angie said...

As a full-time working mom I am ALWAYS looking for helpful tips like this. THANK YOU!

Happy SITS Day!

Lindsey said...

Sounds easy enough. Now, how do I find room in my tiny freezer?

Morgan said...

I do this! I like to use Press-n-Seal to line my pans.

I love to see all my freezer meals lined up in our freezer ready for those nights when dinner didn't make the list of "things to do" or when someone else could use a night off of cooking.

Enjoy your SITS day! God bless!

Lauren said...

I love the line with foil tip, I would never have thought of that! Thanks!

Happy SITS day!

OneMommy said...

Some good tips! I do try to make a multiple of a meal when I can... but I need to be quick and set one out of eyesight, because my husband will often dig into the one I wanted to freeze! I like the idea of lining the pan with foil. I never thought of that. Then I could have my container back...
Visiting from SITS!

Missy said...

I love the foil tip! I had never thought of that before.
This is definitely something I need to be better at doing.
What kinds of pans do you use and where do you seem to find them the cheapest?

Stopping by from SITS.

deborahjbarker said...

I stopped by from SITS (forgot to mention that in my other comments. I love the tip about freezing in a dish then removoing the dish - very ingenius! Thank you :-)

misssrobin said...

Wonderful tip about the foil. Thanks.

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