Whether it’s because I want to stock up on meals before a baby arrives or because I just do not want to cook as much, I like to have meals in the freezer. There are a few ways to preserve meals so that they last longer than they would in the fridge (canning, dehydrating, freezing) but freezing food is one of my favorites because it requires no equipment and anyone can do it!
What type of meals can you keep in the freezer? From chicken to bananas, there are a lot of foods that you can freeze. In fact, it’s rare to come across a food that you couldn’t freeze!Here’s what I like to freeze when I have the chance:

Broth – I make a ton of homemade broth and it won’t last in the fridge for long so I freeze it. If you were to open my freezer you’d see at least 3 freezer safe mason jars full of lovely broth. Broth is not a meal per say but it’s a base to so many meals that I think it’s practically an essential.

Soup – This is a lot like saying I freeze broth but there’s a bit more involved. Usually I freeze soup because I’ve made a double batch and thus have leftover soup. We could eat it for lunch the next day and sometimes we do but if I’m smart I freeze it so that it seems like a new meal…instead of just leftovers.

Pizza – You can freeze homemade pizza so that you can pull one out of the fridge
and cook it just like you would a store bought pizza. Life made easy! Just cook your pizza crust for about 3-5 minutes, top with toppings, then pop it in the freezer uncovered for about an hour. Once things have frozen up a bit, you can wrap the pizza well (sadly plastic wrap seems to be the only method that works). Now you have a frozen pizza to cook for those last minute dinners!

Meat – When I cook a whole chicken, I often end up with just a bit of random shredded chicken that I’m not sure what to do with. What do I do? I freeze it! Eventually it makes a return in the form of pizza or chicken soup. You can also freeze cooked ground beef or sausage. It’s great to have those meats on hand to add into meals when you need it.

Beans – We soak and cook our own dried beans but we do it in large batches. Because there’s no way I’d go through so many cups of beans before they’d go bad, we freeze them. Once again, if you opened my freezer, you’d see quite a few mason jars of already cooked beans.

Breakfast – We often have a few remaining waffles, pancakes, muffins, etc leftover after a meal or I’ll just double a batch and have a lot leftover. I just pop the leftovers into the freezer and when we want them we just defrost and heat them up in the toaster or microwave. I usually take my chances and just freeze them all together; hoping they don’t stick together. I rarely have them stick together too badly. Of course, if you want to be extra cautious, you can freeze them individually on a cookie sheet and then once frozen stick them all in a ziplock bag or container.

Main Dishes – You can freeze lasagna, chicken and rice, pasta with sauce, burritos, and so much more.

As I mentioned, there’s really no end to things you could freeze!

 

What types of meals do YOU like to have in your freezer?