Freezer cooking can be a lifesaver for so many reasons-
- how easy it is,
- how much time it saves,
- how budget friendly it is.
…but creating your own freezer cooking meal plan sounds like a lot of work, right?
Here’s a breakdown of how ir works. (And below, we’ll share with you a much smarter and faster way!)
Find the Recipes
First you have to find recipes that your family loves and that are freezer meal friendly. Pinterest is a great resource for this, but it is sometimes hard to find recipes in specific categories – slow cooker freezer recipes, freezer cooker recipes with specific ingredients or that follow specific eating plans.
Make a Shopping List
Once you find all of the freezer meals that you want to make, you have to make a shopping list. Compiling this list gets tricky – especially if you want to double a recipe or make a certain number of servings. Often recipes call for the same ingredients – so make sure you write down what is necessary for each recipe!
Did you create your shopping list based on where the ingredients are in the store? If not, you can find yourself circling back for items you forgot!
Another option is to load up your shopping list to your grocery store’s pickup service (if that’s available in your area.)
Label Your Bags/Trays
Don’t forget to label all of your freezer bags with the name of the recipe, the date you made it, and any special cooking instructions needed for that recipe! I like to write what sides I usually cook with the dish- that way I don’t have to think about it on the day I am making the meal!
Prepare the Meals for the Freezer
Now that you have all of the ingredients, you have to figure out which items go with which recipes- and what steps you need to take to prepare the freezer portion on the meal. If you are making a lot of different dishes, or doubling and tripling recipes, it can can get complicated to keep them straight.
Whew, that is a lot of steps! And it can take a lot of time too. There has to be an easier way, right?
Well there is! MyFreezEasy makes the whole process quick, easy, and even fun!
All of the recipes on the site are made for freezer meals – and you can search by main ingredients, cooking methods, and dietary needs (including gluten free and clean eating!).
Once you select your recipes in our freezer meal plan builder, your shopping list (one for each recipe and one master shopping list by store section!) is automatically created.
Also, Step by Step Instructions for your day of freezer meal prep are also right there- it is so easy!
They even include labels that you can print for your freezer bags. Each label has the name of the recipe and instructions, with a spot for you to write the date you made the meal.
If you don’t want to spend the time picking all of your meals, MyFreezEasy has complete monthly meal plans for you to download.
And my favorite part? The mobile app! All of my shopping lists are already on my phone when I go to the store- no more forgetting them on the counter!
If you are a freezer meal lover, but get tired of all of the prep work (before you even start cooking!), MyFreezEasy is definitely for you!