Girl so let me tell you about this total game changer I found a couple of years ago!! Do you struggle with getting dinner on the table on weeknights ?? Well as a busy mom of eight ( yes eight ) and a wifey and a work from home mom I struggled with the same thing until I found this totally awesome alternative !! I am totally obsessed with this new dinner routine! I just spend a hour on the weekend preparing the meals for the week and every morning drop them in the crockpot and go about my business !
So you want to know why this is a total game changer?? Girl let me tell you
you freeze the meal there's no cooking ahead of time
you can save tons of money by planning your meal out for the week
You can take advantage of sales and stock up
You will save so much time and energy!
While you're prepping these all you have to do is throw all of your Ingredients in a freezer bag (make sure you get all of the air out) throw a label on them & FREEZE and they are good in the freezer for three to six months !
Here are some basic tips to remember with Freezer Meals
#1 Label all meals with the name of the meal, the date it was frozen, any ingredients it that may need to be added (stock, water, canned tomatoes, etc.) and cooking time (e.g. 8 hours on low, 4 hours on high)
Use a waterproof permanent marker
#2 use the best quality bags zip seal bags you can afford for the best seal and least chance of any tears or rips. If you can afford the vacuum seal system go with that ! Air in the bag can cause freezer burn.
#3 Store meals as flat as you can to save space and for a more even defrosting time.
#4 Avoid adding potatoes to the meal base that is to be frozen. To save time during the week peel potatoes and store in a container of water make sure that the potatoes are covered so they don't turn brown !!
#5 Try out new recipes to be sure you like them before you bulk lots of them to freeze (we are wanting to save $ not waste it!)
#6 Make a menu, decide what you want to prepare and how many of each. Then make a shopping list from this menu. You will often find cooking in this way is cheaper since you can buy in bulk! Plan your menu around sale items for an extra savings
#7 Schedule ahead a day or a half a day to prep, chop, and bag your freezer meals. The time you spend now will save you in the long run.
I like to prepare our meals on Sunday.
#8 Remember to always thaw safely prior to slow cooking. Defrost in fridge overnight or in microwave in a microwave safe container. Do not thaw on bench tops at room temperature.
That’s really all you need to know to get started
Why not tag a friend below who could benefit from freezing meals ahead !!