January 6, 2015

Freezer Cooking Made EASY

When I was pregnant with Elle, my “nesting” urge manifested itself in the form of cooking and freezing meals.  I cooked and cooked and cooked and in the end had more than a month’s worth of freezer meals for after she was born!  It was aaaamazing not having to worry about cooking…so much so that I decided I need to make this a monthly gig.

But you know what wasn’t so amazing?  The cooking day itself.  Chopping, measuring, cooking, bagging and then washing the pots and pans so I could do it all over again for the next recipe.  It literally took almost 10 hours and I. was. wiped. While in the end it was worth it, I was dreading having to do it again

But then, thanks to Pinterest, I stumbled across SLOW COOKER freezer cooking!  As if slower cookers weren’t convenient enough, it gets even easier if you can prep and freeze the meals in advance!  I found plenty of recipes that just called for raw meat (rather than, for example, browning meat in advance).  This was exactly what I was looking for — no pre-cooking, no pot washing, just prepping and bagging.  Then, all I have to do every morning is dump out the bag and turn on my Crock Pot.  How easy is that?!

So I made a plan and got organized.  I’ll post reviews of each recipes as I cook them, but for now here’s how I made freezer cooking a seamless and EASY experience.

Easy Freezer Cooking

1.) Inventory.  Gather all of your recipes and make sure you have all of the ingredients.  This sounds like a no-brainer, but having everything you need is an essential step to a smooth prep day.

2) Prep anything you can in advance. For me, this included washing, chopping, peeling, etc. You can even measure out your marinades and spice mixes. The goal is to just be able to dump stuff in the bag and move on!

Easy freezer cooking

Easy freezer cooking

3) Clear off a big area, like a kitchen table for bagging.  I literally can’t think straight if my counter tops are cluttered, so moving my bagging area away from my prep area made a huge difference in my cooking process!

4) Layout and prep all of your bags at once. Label the bags (I prefer a numbering method…number your recipes and then label your bag correspondingly), so you know how to complete the recipe during prep and cooking time.  Roll down the edges and flatten the bottoms for easy mess-free pouring.

Easy freezer cooking

5) Take care of all of the meat at once.  I HATE HATE HATE working with raw meat.  So much so that I’ve even considered becoming a vegetarian just to avoid the stuff.  Separating the meat into the bags ahead of time got the most unpleasant part of the cooking experience out of the way, and prevented me from having to wash my hands a bajillion times.

Easy freezer cooking

6) Finish it off.  Go through the rest of the recipes and dump in the remaining ingredients.  Hopefully, if you did your prep work in advance, this part should go really quickly.

7) Seal and put away…and enjoy knowing that you don’t have to worry about any major cooking for a good while!

Easy freezer cooking

For real though, think about it…a few hours of prep-work and all of those meals! We’ll probably get at least two meals out of each bag…and all I will have to do is grab my (defrosted) bag, dump it in the slow cooker, and relish the smells all day long.  Now who wouldn’t want to cook like that?

Do you have any tips for freezer cooking?  I’d love to hear them!


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Iulia is a former educator turned stay-at-home mama of a spunky toddler and a squishy infant. With a touch of sass and a good dose of self-deprecating humor, she has an ever-expanding repertoire of bloopers, insights, stories, and impassioned opinions to share. Iulia likes to think she has this parenting gig figured out, but her littles remind her daily just how far from the truth that is.

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    Reply Jillian Manesh January 6, 2015 at 9:07 am

    great tips! i need to start making freezer meals before my baby arrives in march! xo jillian – stop by! I’m hosting a giveaway on cornflake dreams

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    Reply Gentle Joy January 6, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    This really does help…. anything to save time and energy is a big help. 🙂

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    Reply Jessica and Katie Sweet Little Ones January 6, 2015 at 7:31 pm

    I’m so glad you linked this up with us today at Tuesday Talk! I have been going freezer meal crazy lately because we’re (hopefully!) going to be adopting twins soon. I’m getting ready to publish a post on it too actually! haha I love everything you said above. It really helps in making it go quickly and painlessly. I will be pinning this for sure. And I seriously need all of your recipes. Where did you get them? Please let me know when you post them! Thanks again for linking up with us! -Jess

    http://www.sweetlittleonesblog.com / sweetlittleonesblog@gmail.com

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    Reply Mindy January 6, 2015 at 9:00 pm

    I love my slow cooker and never thought about prepping ahead of time! Great ideas, thank you for sharing! Found you on the Come Along Ponds linkup.

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    Reply Sometimes Photojenik January 6, 2015 at 11:23 pm

    This looks awesome! I haven’t gotten too much into the freezer meal thing yet mostly because I’m intimidated by it. I am planning meals a month in advance though which seems like a similar undertaking so maybe I can finally do it! I’m going to peek around more and see what else I can learn, great post! 🙂

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    Reply Jessica Dimas January 7, 2015 at 1:11 am

    Yeah this is amazing, and you have me convinced I need to do this now lol. I hate hate hate touching raw meat too, and it always smells bad to me, so I like your plan of just getting it over with and not having to wash your hands a million times. Love these tips!!

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    Reply Keri Snyder January 7, 2015 at 6:08 am

    Amazing tips! Thank you so much for sharing with us. I hope you share the recipes for it too. Thanks for linking up with Tuesday Talk!

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    Reply Chelsea Phelps January 7, 2015 at 2:51 pm

    I am excited to read your reviews on the different recipes you’ve tried!

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    Reply Renae January 9, 2015 at 9:46 am

    I love this idea, can’t wait to see your reviews on how they turned out.

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    Reply TEO Mom January 10, 2015 at 2:29 pm

    I want to try this. We are so busy on weeknights and this would be so helpful!

    Please visit our link up at http://theevolutionofmom.com/momma-told-me-link-party-5/

    Jen
    The Evolution of Mom

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    Reply Amanda January 10, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    Well, girlfriend, the next step is to share some of those yummy recipes!! 😉

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    Reply x S.K.K x January 11, 2015 at 7:01 pm

    oh I so need to do this! some nights I just do not feel like cooking! This would be perfect to ensure a beautiful home cooked meal is on the table for my family…even if it is the slow cooker cooking it and not me heheh

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    Reply Lynda H January 14, 2015 at 3:18 pm

    This is a really great tip! Thanks so much for linking up to Awesome Life Friday – I hope you’ll come back again this week! http://rchreviews.blogspot.com

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    It’s much easier to unarestdnd when you put it that way!

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