Freezer meal prep is extremely popular these days. And why not? Having the freezer stocked with a month of meals that are ready when you want them is very appealing.
But, what are the rules when it comes to freezer meal prep? How do you do it right so the food isn’t awful when you pull it?
Here we tell you all the do’s and don’ts of freezer meal prep so you’re ready for the next time you have an afternoon free and want to get a jump on the month ahead.
Before you begin your freezer meal prep adventure, pull all the recipes you want to use.
Go through all their ingredients and do a tally of what you already have and what you’ll need to buy at the store. This way you won’t be wasting money by doubling up on things you have in your pantry or freezer already.
Check out our article here for some storage times for different foods in the freezer.
Before going to the store to buy your haul clean out everything in your freezer and consolidate it.
You’ll want to make sure everything is as compact as possible. Then, once you’ve cleared everything out take note of the state of your freezer.
Now is the perfect time to do a deep clean and make sure it’s in tip-top shape before you pack it full again.
What you’ll need to get started:
Once you’ve gathered your supplies and made sure everything is on ice you’re ready to get started. Here are the steps:
Then you’re done. Your freezer is good as new and ready to accept you’re newly prepped meals!
Some things do better in the freezer than others. Here’s a list of foods that DO NOT freeze well and will be all but inedible upon thawing.
If your recipes involve these ingredients forego those for your freezer meal prep.
Make sure you’re getting freezer-safe vessels for all these dishes to live in until you’re ready to cook them. If you plan on putting them into a pressure cooker as a frozen block, make sure you freeze them in a zipper bag placed inside a container that will fit into your pressure cooker.
Then, when you’re ready to cook, you can just dump it in and turn it on. No need to thaw.
Stock up on aluminum pans and disposable options so that you aren’t going to be short on cookware while eating your way through the freezer.
Once you’ve pulled something out of the freezer you cannot put it back in the freezer unless you change the state it’s in.
For instance, you thaw chicken breast and cook it and add it into a casserole that you’ll place cooked into the freezer. This is safe because you’re not refreezing the raw chicken.
Not only is freezer meal prep a great way to make dinner easier it keeps everyone healthier too because they’re avoiding last-minute fast food runs.
It also forces you into monthly regular maintenance of your freezer which will help it run longer and stronger.
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