Time Saving Hacks
First, I need you to understand this.
You reap what you sow.
You sow a few freezer meals (10, to be exact), then you’ll reap oodles of time and less mental anguish over the next 2 weeks, when you don’t have to worry about dinner.
If you could – for just a minute – imagine that. Imagine not having to stress about the drive thru total again, or how much food you’ve wasted this year because it went uncooked and spoiled. Imagine being able to pull food from the freezer and not have to think about cooking. You just have to reheat it and maybe prepare some side dishes to go along with it.
Second, and this is important.
Mark your calendar.
Yes, like write it onto your calendar. And when you do, I suggest that you plan to shop one day/afternoon/evening. And then prepare your meals the next day. (It’s just easier and smoother when you do it this way.)
Third, you’ve just got to do it.
Just make 10 meals. Or even 4 or 6. Just prep them and put them into the freezer.
And then see for yourself how wonderful having “backup” waiting for you in the freezer really is!
The easiest way to just do it? DUMP DINNERS!
They are the most simple and easy meals to prepare. Just dump and go!
More Time Saving Freezing Strategies…
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Set aside a few minutes on the weekend or when you have the energy on a weekday evening and package up what you would normally add to the blender in a quart size freezer baggie. Pour some milk or yogurt into an ice cube tray, then freeze.
To each make ahead smoothie baggie, add a few cubes of frozen milk or yogurt in with your favorite fruits and freeze it all up! When you’re ready to make your smoothie, just dump it all in, add a little water or juice so it will blend well and puree away! You can find some great smoothie recipes here. Use those or your favorite smoothie combinations to make 10-20 packages of Make Ahead Smoothie Mixes at a time.
This is a great way to take advantage of sales on produce. You can buy a few extra pineapples when they go on sale for 98¢. Cut them all up and freeze with some bananas and apples or bananas and oranges and there’ll be cheap smoothies ahead for you!
If you ever purchase larger amounts of flour, sugar and other baking ingredients from a warehouse store, then it helps to set aside some time to make some baggies with the mixes pre-measured out. Then you just dump and add the egg, oil, milk and other liquid ingredients for baked goods like pancakes, waffles, muffins, etc. While it takes a few minutes to measure everything out, it sure makes a huge difference on those busy afternoons to have everything pre-mixed and ready to dump.
Because when you have little ones under foot or work full time or are going through a tough time in life, every minute in the kitchen counts!
These baking mixes can be stored in the pantry if they are sealed well, but when I make a huge batch of them I prefer to store them in the freezer. I roll up the labeled bags and place them in a plastic container that fits in my deep freezer with the label facing up. Then I can quickly grab what I need and get to making it.
I don’t usually worry about the flour being cold when I prepare foods, as it warms up quickly in the stand mixer when I’m making the batter. You can always pull it out early to let it warm up to room temperature, but if you forget it’s okay. (I forget all the time!)
Your Turn to Take Action and Get Your Freezer Loaded
It’s more than freezer meal plans…
You choose the recipes your family likes, then MyFreezEasy pulls them together and gives you a customized meal plan with:
- complete recipes plus doubled version to freeze so you can easily prepare and cook your meals
- shopping lists so you can get in and out of the store
- streamlined assembly instructions so you can spend as little time as possible on the freezer meal prep
- downloadable labels with directions for cooking so you know what to do when its time to cook/reheat the meal!
You can create your customized meal plan from your computer, or even from your phone while you are at the grocery store!
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And happy Freezer Cooking!!
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