Many people here seem to be into cooking . . . and freezing meals; thus, I have a question:
I came across a website a couple days ago that lists recipes /shopping list several options:
- Make 10 freezer meals in an hour
- Make 20 slow cooker freezer meals in two hours
- Make 40 slow cooker freezer meals in four hours
Incidentally, the website is WhoNeedsACape.com -- or something close to that.
I tend to make "batch meals" -- that is, I see pork chops on sale, and I make up 3-4 pork-chops-and-stuffing casserole, a HUGE favorite of my husband's, cook one and freeze the other 2-3.
But I've thought about the above-mentioned website's concept a dozen times -- I've just never followed through with the legwork (though I never considered making them all slow-cooker meals -- that is a stroke of genuis!). I've thought of picking out 8-10 of my favorite recipes (that freeze well) and writing them up in one place . . . together with a complete shopping list. My thought was to put together, say, a chicken-recipe day so that when I find chicken very cheap, I'd do 8-10 chicken meals. Or when I found ground beef cheap, I'd have the recipes and shopping list at my fingertips so I could prepare 8-10 ground beef meals at once. But, as I said, I've never followed through with organizing the materials.
The other thing that holds me back: To make 40 meals, I'd need to empty the freezer . . . but that never happens.
Anyway, since someone else has already done the work, I'm interested in doing this . . . but I'm nervous about the actual freezing. I tend to freeze at most 4-5 items at one time. Like most people, I freeze in gallon Ziplocks. If I put 40 meals into my freezer at once, will I have any problems with the meals in the middle not freezing? Do you think I should "rotate" them as they freeze so they all get a chance to be on the outside? Or am I just making up a problem in my own mind?