BATCH COOKING AND FREEZER MEAL IDEAS

January 28, 2020

I have been doing more with batch cooking and freezing foods and I love it when I do. I cook so much, everyday. (Which I like, but.) Why do I ever make a pasta bake and not make two? Part of my limitation before was I didn’t have a deep freezer. (And the more we started buying food in bulk the more I’d joke with David “MAMA NEEDS A DEEP FREEZE.”)

And now I have one and it is here and it is spectacular and I dare you to just TRY AND KEEP ME from the low priced produce this summer. Below are some of my favorite ways to freeze things.

frost-free upright freezer | vintage rug (similar) | clear organization bins | retro trash can | children’s bicycle (similar)

MEAT

I buy a ton and have a big session of bagging up dinner entree size portions. Then I have lots of bags ready to go that I can thaw when needed.

Boneless, skinless chicken breasts and ground beef are ones we especially keep on hand. Chicken in particular is one it feels so good to have trimmed and ready for cooking.

CASSEROLES

As mentioned above, one of my goals for myself is to improve in remembering to just make double whenever I’m making something very freeze-able for dinner! Try this cheesy chicken and wild rice casserole or of course, the ever faithful lasagna.

SOUPS

Such a friend of the freezer! Along with casseroles I think this is the other best freezer resilient type of entree.

Some of my favorites are sausage minestrone, chicken meatball soup, green vegetable soup with roasted chickpeas, orange and honey carrot soup, 25 minute ham and white bean soup, one pot quinoa turkey chili,  one pot creamy potato soup, slow cooker chicken and wild rice soup, hearty chicken tortilla soup, and wonton soup. Okay, maybe I really like soups. Yeah, soups are awesome.

FRUIT

When the summer comes and the berries are so wonderfully ripe (not all white in the middle strawberries like in winter!) buy buy buy them at the great price (or do a you pick farm day with the kids) and then eat summer-level-quality produce all winter.

PIES

Things that take a long time to make I like to make in big installments. In the dessert world, pie is one of the more tedious categories, but they freeze so well! Fruit pies and pie crusts are sent to the freezer in droves.

SPINACH

My best friend told me this one. It freezes really well and is easy to remove just the amount you need when making soups or sautéing spinach! I now mostly only ever have spinach in the fridge if it’s directly for a salad.

SMOOTHIES

Smoothies are lovable once you are drinking them but the preparing process is too annoying if there are too many ingredients I would have to get out or slice everyday. For the freezer you can make smoothie packs by measuring out the ingredients and then just writing the amount of liquid ingredients to add on the exterior.

This one is my favorite everyday smoothie. Just write “add 1/4 cup yogurt, 2 tablespoons honey, 3/4 cup almond milk” on the outside. I do either single serve pack or a six times serving size for a pack for whole family smoothies.

ICE CREAM

Just for fun, this is my #1 brand of ice cream. (NOTHING ELSE COMPARES). And an awesome ice cream recipe cookbook. (The baked goods in it are my favorites too.)

Related to all of this is a post about doing a good job bringing a sympathy meal which is a fun one and very applicable to deep freezer life! Having an active freezer presence makes taking a meal to someone in need easier.

I love finding a new thing that freezes well and experimenting with how to make dishes come back to life at room temp and turn out nicely!

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Comments

  • Robin

    You are the best homemaker ever! I chose an outside home career path but can’t wait to be at home and explore some of your ideas. You make homemaking beautiful and fun.

    • Rachel Schultz

      Thank you Robin!

  • Sandra T

    Love your new freezer! I have a freezer also, and don’t know how people survive without them! (Although, mine doesn’t look as neat as yours.) That is news to me on spinach. I thought it might go all wimp. Yes, I get everything ready for cooking too! That wayI can put a nice meal together in no time. And, I’m trying your smoothie.

    • Rachel Schultz

      Awesome! Thanks Sandra : )

      • Vickie

        Love the freezer ideas, but love the picture of Spurgeon even more!!

        • Rachel Schultz

          Haha! Yessss

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