Having a freezer full of prepped freezer meals that are ready to go is a gift to myself!
Freezer Cooking Methods
Cooking 1 to 2 dedicated freezer cooking days
In a perfect world, I love to get in 1 to 2 dedicated freezer cooking days a month. Now we all know there are months when this doesn’t happen. But more often than not I’m able to get in these dedicated freezer cooking times. During these mega freezer meal making sessions, I’m able to prepare 40 or more meals for my family of 10 that we use as needed over 4 to 6 weeks.
Doubling, Tripling, Quadrupling up
Why just make one pan of lasagna when you can make four? Why make one pan of chicken fried rice when you can make five?
This is a great freezer meal plan for when you’re preparing for a new baby in the house and physically can’t cook for one to two days as well. Of course, during my last pregnancy, I turned an intended 1-2 freezer cooking days into a 4 or 5 freezer cooking marathon because my pregnancy body was moving in super slow motion.
Freezer Cooking Afternoon
This is when you take several hours one afternoon and make as many freezer meals as you can during that time. In 2-3 hours you could make 2-3 freezer meal recipes and make those freezer meals large family size so you get 3-4 (or even 5+) pans of each meal. That means you could potentially (depending on the afternoon in your household) pull off 6 to 8+ freezer meals in this afternoon freezer cooking time.
I find my afternoon freezer cooking times are best left for smaller meal prep and other helpful freezer components like baking dozens and dozens of muffins, etc. Here’s an afternoon freezer cooking time I did last winter with Daniel. (#totalgrace My 2-3 hour freezer cooking time, of course, took me longer because I was always filming and taking pictures.)
Freezer cooking evening
Freezer Cooking Power Hour
Having a freezer cooking power hour is an excellent method when you want to fill up your freezer, but you truly only have an hour. My friend Crystal Paine has shared her freezer cooking power hours many times over the years. She can usually get a few intentional meals added to her freezer stash for her family of five during that time. If you’re feeding a family twice that size or somewhere in-between you could at least get one mega large family freezer recipe done during that time like twelve dozen french toast slices for several future family breakfasts!
Using any or all of the freezer cooking methods listed above can help fill your freezer fast. And when you have meals in the freezer it can help cut down on the crazy, which we always appreciate. 🙂
FREEZER MEALS SURPRISE
I also have a BIG freezer meals surprise for you today! So many YouTube and blog reading moms have asked me for a long time to come out with a resource to help them make large family freezer meals, too. I hear from moms who want to get started on their freezer cooking journey, or they have made freezer meals for years but want more of my large family recipes.