Freezer Series: Getting Ready

by Beth Montgomery on June 11, 2009 · 1 comment

in Frugal Cooking, Frugal Series

When it comes to saving money, the one item I own that I couldn’t live without is my freezer! It allows me to stock up on so many products when the prices are rock bottom and then freeze them until I’m ready to use them. So many foods can be frozen, including full meals to save you time and money in the kitchen.

With a new baby on the way, I know I won’t be in the mood to cook once we get home from the hospital, so I’m starting to stockpile a few meals now. Due to popular request, for the next few months, I’ll be sharing my tips on freezing foods, meals, and more, including some delicious recipes made to be frozen!

To prepare for my meal stock-up, my husband came home yesterday with various size freezer Ziploc bags, aluminum foil, and aluminum casserole dishes. While I was cooking up our delicious enchiladas last night for dinner, I doubled the recipe and froze one for after the baby comes.

To get the recipe for super easy enchiladas visit HERE. To freeze them, prepare the meal in a casserole dish (I used an aluminum one) as if you were about to stick it in the oven. Instead, cover with aluminum foil. Write on the top of the foil what is inside, the date you froze it, and cooking instructions (e.g., bake at 375 for approximately 20 minutes, serve with sour cream & guacamole). Now stick the dish inside of a freezer bag for extra protection and to avoid freezer burn. Get out as much of the air as possible and stick it in the freezer until you’re ready to enjoy the meal. When it’s time, just get it out and stick it in the oven to cook!

To start freezing foods and meals, you’ll need:

various size freezer baggies
magic marker
cookie sheet
aluminum foil & casserole pans (or other inexpensive pans)

Author’s Note: The Freezer Series ran 14 weeks from June until September. A new topic was released each Friday, followed by a delicious freezer recipe on Saturday. It   included the following tips, tricks, and topics:

The Lingo
10 Tips for Freezing
Dairy & Eggs
10 Extra Hints & Foods
Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner
Meal Kits
OAMC & Freezer
Cooking Parties & Meal Exchanges

Have a specific question about freezing or a topic you’d like discussed? Or tell us what you enjoy freezing! Leave a comment and share!

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