Making Meal Kits for Freezer Cooking

by Beth Montgomery on August 27, 2009

in Cooking Tips & Tricks, Frugal Cooking, Frugal Series


Sometimes, it makes more sense to freeze a meal in parts, instead of freezing an entire meal. For example, pizzas, spaghetti, and tacos freeze better in a kit then after fully prepared.

An example of a taco kit would be:
-Pre-cooked seasoned hamburger or chicken
-Cheese
-Taco Shells

You could put each of these items into a separate freezer baggie, then put all of the individual baggies into one large baggie. When you’re ready to enjoy, pull out the kit and assemble. Don’t forget to have your favorite extras on hand like tomatoes, sour cream, and other ingredients that won’t thaw well for a kit.

In addition to meal kits, sometime it’s great to just freeze a single part of a meal, like meatballs. If you tray freeze meatballs and store in a freezer baggie long term, you can pull out a few to toss in spaghetti sauce or to make a meatball sandwich. Or make a partial spaghetti kit by putting sauce in one baggie and meatballs or seasoned cooked hamburger in another, and leaving your pasta in the pantry uncooked.

Meal Kit Ideas:

Spaghetti & Meatballs (or other pasta meals, keep pasta in pantry)
Tacos
Pizza
Sloppy Joes (or Pulled Pork/Chicken) & Buns
Burritos
Nachos
Stir Fry (keep rice in pantry)

Check out the entire Freezer Series HERE to see what you missed!

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