The Retro Art of Freezer Cooking

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Over the next four days, I will be giving you step by step instructions on how to have great, tasty meals for you and your family, every night. To make sure you don’t miss a post, subscribe to the blog!

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Cooking with Kids

I want your kitchen to go from empty to bountiful.

 

 

 

 

Everyone I know is looking for solutions to making dinner easier and cheaper and this is the plan that works for me. I feed five adult-sized people seven nights a week and winging it is so not an option.

Especially since my freezer looked like this. (Ben and Jerry’s wasn’t even mine. No fair!)

I just want to warn you right now – I am a Freezer-Stuffing Master. I am super advanced when it comes to meal prep. I did 51 plus meals this week. Do not try this at home. Start small with a dozen or so after reading through this week’s posts.

Bulk cooking to get yourself ahead a few nights a week is a great idea. Tripling recipes that you already love will help you get ahead and take some stress out of your evenings.

After you have success with your first attempt at freezing and get comfortable with the procedure, then you can pull out multiple recipes stock your freezer for a month or more.

 

Day 1 – Pick Your Recipe

Today all you need to do is pick your recipe!!

The absolute easiest type of dinner to prepare ahead is a marinade. We do several chicken and pork marinades each time we freezer cook –they are super-easy and everyone in my house will eat them – a double bonus.

So go through your recipes and find the one that your family will love and will be easy to prepare. When you find it – please share it here. I will read through them all and let you know if they will freeze well – I am here to serve.

Tomorrow – I will share the shopping strategy.

Let me get you started with a Lipp family favorite:

Pesto Chicken

1/2 cup    Prepared pesto sauce

6    Boneless, skinless, chicken breasts

6 slices    Mozzarella cheese
1. Prepare: Pour pesto over chicken breasts in a one-gallon bag.

2. Freeze: Double bag the chicken. Place the Mozzarella cheese in a separate freezer bag and attach to the chicken bag. Freeze lying flat.

3. Serve: Thaw chicken overnight in the refrigerator. Drain marinade. Place chicken breasts in a pan sprayed with light cooking oil. Place one slice of Mozzarella cheese on each chicken breast. Bake at 350° for 30-40 minutes.

And here are a couple of recent blog posts about great marinades for chicken and pork.

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Tell me below – what isixchicks-freeze+fixs your favorite marinade recipe? You could win a copy of The What’s for Dinner Solution or the grand prize of The What’s for Dinner Solution and a $25 Amazon Gift Card.

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We’ll have a free freezer download every day this week. Stay tuned!

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Comments

  1. Emily Blanchard says:

    An easy one is bottled Italian dressing for chicken. This is quick and we like to grill the chicken. I also like soy sauce, honey, garlic and oil with chicken or pork kabobs.

  2. Mallory Finley says:

    I like using butte, salt, pepper, and garlic powder for veggies. It tenderizes them and seasons them.

  3. Jenny Mullins says:

    My husband loves pepper so we use a peppercorn marinade on Venison steaks.

  4. Tracey Ballard says:

    I have always wanted to try freezer cooking, but honestly I am not the best cook & jave been hesitant.

  5. D'ana Heinlein says:

    I’ve never taken the time to be a big freezer cook, but I sure would LOVE to start!! We are an extremely busy family of 5 and this would be much easier than some of the other methods I’ve tried!! Thanks!!

  6. Lauren Ternes says:

    I love to use a simple greek marinade with olive oil, minced garlic, fresh lemon juice, and oregano.

  7. One of my goals is to move away from the boxed processed foods. I think that having homemade meals in the freezer will be a good thing. I must check your facebook page for the ebook.

  8. I am looking for easy recipes. The marinade that I use is Italian dressing.

  9. Sue Osborne says:

    love the idea of organization but in a doable way

  10. I’m excited about the freezer meals! I’ve done it a few times and I love pulling meals out of the freezer for meals. My favorite marinade is just taking whatever salad dressing I need to get rid of and using it up, especially if it’s one I bought that sounded good, but wasn’t. I don’t feel like I’m wasting it by not using it, and it still makes the meat taste good.

  11. Sandy Hunter Faulkner says:

    great organization

  12. I don’t know that I have a favorite that I prefer, but I do tend to use a bottle of italian salad dressing when I don’t know what else to do.

  13. Needing new ideas for my family of 8–3 teen/young adult boys in that mix!

  14. Jaimee Wood says:

    my favorite marinade is a local one you can buy- Basque Norte. Absolutely amazing. Homemade, my favorite is subject to change, but currently has olive oil, garlic, fresh basil, rosemary and parsley from the garden, salt & pepper and some sprite.

  15. Making meals ahead is a huge help with a large busy family. I always make a several small meals in addition to the larger ones. I pack one for my elderly father to keep his freezer stocked with simple meals he can use. the other small meals are used by the kids for long days at work or even when they come home late from games and need a hot meal.

  16. I can’t wait to start organizing my food in the freezer!!!

  17. Mary Davidson says:

    So excited to be introduced to your page through Karen Ehman. I love the idea of getting recipes and meals organized in my freezer! Looking forward to reading through your posts.

  18. Amanda Gaspard says:

    I’m always in need of simple, good recipes and anything that helps make meal times easier!

  19. Crystal McCord says:

    I don’t really do a lot of marinades. Maybe just a little olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic, and onion.

  20. looking forward to new freezer ideas! thanks for sharing.

  21. Don’t really use a lot of marinades, but Italian dressing is always a good one, and then so is salsa.

  22. Thanks for the great tips on freezer meals! I’ve been wanting to do more, right now I only do a couple of meals.

  23. AlohaHarleySMG says:

    Thank you so much for the great tips! I just did some freezer meals for the first time :)

  24. my marinade of choice for chicken is olive oil, mccormick’s chicken montreal seasoning blend, and a little bit of salt. It makes the most tender, juicy chicken. You can marinade it as little as an hour or as much as overnight. I love that flexibility.

  25. Kathi, I made the pizza roll ups this week. They are the first meal everyone in my family gave a thumbs up to (Thank you!). However, they really fell apart while cooking. Any suggestions? Also, where did you get the bread dough? I used the type that comes in a paper can because I couldn’t find frozen. Please don’t say I have to make that, too! I am doing all I can! ;-)

  26. My goal is to have all my meals planned and prepared in advance in 2014. I started doing this some the last couple months of 2013 but I want to start doing it more often and keep up on it. It made our busy schedules easier to manage with meals made ahead of time and kept us out of the drive thrus!

  27. Have tried this a few times , now just want to get it down to a doable routine.

  28. I am starting to freezer cook over the past few months. I find my family is eating better, we have more time during the weeknights and I am much less stressed! I also find that my meditation time is in the kitchen! I am hungry for new recipes and love anything that resembles homesteading!

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