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Freezer Meal Basic Training

 

Happy New Year!  I hope you had a wonderful holiday.  I apologize it has been awhile since my last post.  We played until we dropped every day of the vacation.  My girls received a lot of art supplies for Christmas and my husband bought me an electric back massager.  Between making crafts, playing in the snow, eating chocolate and enjoying back rubs, life has been pretty busy around here.

I don’t know about you, but my freezer is EMPTY! It is time to re-stock. I’ve been busy today slicing up marinated steak strips for future meals, and  I hope to continue stocking my freezer with cooked rice, meat balls, pot stickers and Chicken Cordon Bleu.  I had some time to experiment over the break with some new recipes and I can’t wait to share them with you over the next couple of weeks!

A few months ago I presented to a group of women in Logan, UT how to get started with making freezer meals.  Around 60 women attended and with the help of a few other women, the evening was put together with ease and was a huge success.   I’ve had the opportunity to teach freezer meal basic training many times and I’ve  put together a list of  basic tips and recipes I use when I teach. 

 If you are planning on getting started this year with making freezer meals or would like to spread the word about how great it is to have your freezer stocked, feel free to use this Freezer Meal  Basic Training. 

Going back to the Logan demonstration I did a few months ago, because I was returning home from a family vacation and school had just started for my kids, I had to deligate a few of the recipes that were demonstrated that evening.  I had 4 women from the group make a recipe on their own and bring ingredients to show the group how they made it.  They also brought a finished recipe item to show and share later that evening.   This gave 4 women the hands-on experience they were hoping for and broke the night up a little so I wasn’t talking the entire time.  Together in only 60 minutes we taught how to make honey wheat bread, assemble freezer pizzas,  lasagnas and my favorite ice cream cake.  At the end we served up several ice cream cakes and a sample of each of the freezer meals that were demonstrated.   It worked out great and it was a quick clean up for me!

I hope you are able to get your freezer re-stocked quickly.  

Thank you for stopping by!


12 Comments

  1. I am so glad that I stumbled upon your site. I did a little bit of freezer cooking before I had kids and now that I have two and a third on the way, I really want to get going. The problem is that I can’t spend a ton of money at once. Do you have some suggestions for me?

    1. Your question is how to get started without spending a ton of money? Shop the sales at the grocery store. I just recently started shopping at our local meat packaging company and meat is already frozen and half the price of the grocery store meat. Really stocking your freezer isn’t very expensive to do. I stock mine with cooked rice, browned ground beef, shredded cheese, home made bread, frozen veggies, all these are very affordable and help make quick meals. Maybe watch the how-to-videos to get some more ideas on what to start with first. Thank you for stopping by! Good luck with prepping for your third. Having my third was my favorite. My two older kids played together and I got to just be with the baby on most days. I think I wasn’t as nervous about how to take care of a baby the third time around. I hope it is the same for you.

    2. Your question is how to get started without spending a ton of money? Shop the sales at the grocery store. I just recently started shopping at our local meat packaging company and meat is already frozen and half the price of the grocery store meat. Really stocking your freezer isn’t very expensive to do. I stock mine with cooked rice, browned ground beef, shredded cheese, home made bread, frozen veggies, cookie dough….all these are very affordable and help make quick meals. Maybe watch the how-to-videos to get some more ideas on what to start with first. Thank you for stopping by! Good luck with prepping for your third. Having my third was my favorite. My two older kids played together and I got to just be with the baby on most days. I think I wasn’t as nervous about how to take care of a baby the third time around. I hope it is the same for you.

  2. Sorry to comment again! But, I was reading in your Freezer Meal Basic Training and I love the recipes for the homemade freezer pizzas. I have stones that I use for pizzas, however, they are Pampered Chef and cannot be heated to temperatures higher than 450 degrees. Is there a modification that I can make as these would be great for my family.

    1. I would use your pizza stones, but only heat them to 450 degrees. You only need it that hot for a few minutes while the pizza dough cooks when prepping it for the freezer. Pizza stones are the way to go! Don’t apologize for commenting twice. I LOVE comments. Please keep in touch if you have any more questions. Thank you!

  3. Hello again! I know I have asked lots of questions (I tried the Contact button last time so maybe you have not seen that one yet haha!) but I purchased your cookbook and was starting to make some of the recipes today and on the one for the Chicken Pot Pie the recipe starts off with “Reduce heat, cover, and simmer vegetables…” and I was wondering what was before that? I am sort of a beginner in the kitchen so I am sure that I sound silly, I just wasn’t sure what temperature I was supposed to be reducing the heat from?

    1. Hi Robin, I do not mind your questions, in fact I LOVE to hear form anyone trying out my book. Sorry I’ve been swamped lately with family life.

      I’m working on a post for Feb. that will have any errors or typos posted found in my book. You have found one of them. The Chicken Pot pie recipe is missing a sentence.

      In my original recipe it states:

      Boil potatoes and carrots in a large stockpot. In another pot, boil cubed chicken for 8 minutes. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer vegetables for 8 to 10 minutes. Drain vegetables and chicken and set aside.

      Sorry about that!
      -Jenny

      Response from Robin:
      I figured it out but thanks for clarifying!
      It was easy and they look pretty!
      Sent from my iPod

  4. This may be a silly question, but how would I locate my “local meat packaging company” for more affordable meat? Some friends and I are starting this freezer meal exchange group and are TOTALLY excited! Finding ways to cut costs is all the greater!

    1. I would do a google search for your area. I can help you if you let me know what city you live in.

  5. Hello! I am so happy I came upon your blog. I started freezer cooking this year as a way to save money. It has saved us tons, as well as lots of time. We both work and go to school full time at night, so dinner is kind of a throw it together or get take out. I hate always getting fast food or take out and wanted to do something about it. I am putting together some blog posts about my cooking experiences so far on my blog and was wanting to link to your basics page for some extra tips. I hope you don’t mind. Also I had a question about cooking and freezing rice? Do you cook it for less time than normal and how well does it do after cooking again? Also what are the best types of rice to freeze? Thanks for such an amazing site! -Alisha Landreth

    1. Hi Alisha! I’m glad you found my blog and that freezer meal cooking is helping your family. Freezing meals is such a life saver for me too. When it comes to freezing rice, you cook it all the way, any type of rice works great. I like to cook white rice mixed with brown so my family will eat it. 😉 You just reheat it in a steamer in the microwave (add a tablespoon of water in the steamer) or in a steamer on the stove. I first learned about freezing rice in a Japanese cooking class at Orson Gygi. Our chef told me that Japenese don’t use fresh cooked rice from the rice cooker or pot on the stove. They let it sit out over night or put it in the freezer and then use it. After hearing this, I started experimenting with freezing rice. It sure saves us a lot of time to freeze rice. We use frozen cooked rice most often in my husbands famous rice pudding recipe. My kids all love it and ask for it weekly. It saves my husband 30 minute in making the rice pudding You are welcome to share my basic page. Thank you!

  6. Jenny Thank You so much! I will definitely be using it this month then. My husband loves broccoli cheese casserole and I wanted to make it so bad, but I didn’t know about the rice. I actually spent the last two years of high school in Okinawa, Japan. I never really paid much attention I guess to how they cooked their rice or used it. Thanks again for all the work you put into your site! -Alisha

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