Holiday Preparation – Stocking the Freezer
In just nine days Mr Fresh and I will be jumping on a plane to Italy. I won a trip to the Almafi Coast , including cooking school. Mr Fresh’s parents have volunteered to come and look after Punky and Cuddles while we are away.
They are traveling from overseas to do this for us. I have a feeling that they will be in for a rude shock at the energy levels required to maintain a semblance of sanity and order in the house!
In an attempt to make things as easy as possible for Old Mrs Fresh (I’m pretty sure she will not like that name!), and to ensure that it is not the last time they volunteer to look after the boys, I have been cooking up a storm. I have been stocking the freezer for them.
I started cooking extra meals two weeks ago, adding one or two items in the first couple of weeks of cooking and increasing this last week.
Regardless of your personal situation, it is always handy to have a well stocked freezer of extra meals.
Planning for an absence, a new baby coming home, helping out a friend, or stocking up for a work week? These are some easy steps to stock up the freezer at your place.
Steps to fill your freezer:
1. Make as many meals as possible at one time.
For example, start a meal slow cooking. In addition to that meal, also start cooking something that takes no supervision and under one hour to cook, such as a soup and make a quick meal for dinner.
This gives you two meals to freeze, plus dinner for this evening
2. Double your batch sizes when cooking regular meals that are suitable for freezing – make one for dinner and one to freeze
3. Stock the pantry so that when you find a window of opportunity to cook, you have everything you need to do so without a trip to the shops
4. Label the outside of the container prior to freezing to aid identification and meal selection. You may add any required instructions or notes to the label also
5. Make meals that the kids will enjoy eating – “Family Favorites”, and leave ideas of things they like to eat
6. Organise a block of time that you can cook undisturbed and use it to make as many meals as possible
7. Not all things need to be complete meals – eg: you could make and freeze pizza bases or apple pie filling
This is what I have built up in my freezer:
- Chicken Taco Meat
- Individual Chicken Pies (via Childhood 101)
- Lamb Neck Stew
- Lamb Saag
- Pizza Bases
- Pumpkin Soup
- Slow Cooked Beef Ragu
- Spaghetti Bolognese
- Tasty Beef Casserole
- Muffins (for the lunch box)
AND lastly – Chicken, Corn and Kumera Soup as I thought it only fair that they enjoy my winning soup in our absence!
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