The “Free” in Freezer


Last night I attended a class on how to do freezer meals. I thought I knew how to put up a few meals in the old cold chest, or at least I knew how to buy frozen lasagnas from Costco…but this lady who taught the class brought the concept of freezer meals to a whole new level. 30 meals in one day. Yes, 30! She does 15 recipes and doubles each one. She’s got it down to such a science, such a simple step by step system, that just holding the handout made me feel empowered!

I’m gonna try it. What’s the worst that can happen? (I mean, besides a complete mess and possibly a kitchen fire.) The strategy seems simple enough. Day 1: organize. Do the shopping, load up on freezer zip lock bags and aluminum foil pans. Cook and dice all of your chicken, chop all of your onions in the food processor and store them in zip lock bags. Then Day 2: Cook/assemble. She recommends limiting actual “cooking” to just a few recipes and “assembling” the lion’s share. And at the end of the day, voila! Dinners for a month.

Anything to make the witching hours (between 3:45pm-8pm) go more smoothly. Anything to avoid desperate dashes for fast food. Total “what’s for dinner?” freedom!

Oh, and her other great tip: if you are going to be gone for a long time just before dinnertime, any frozen aluminum foil dish in the oven at 300 degrees for 3 hours=perfection.

For more info, here’s her website:

Now, the only things I need to do before I embark on this epic culinary adventure are 1.) clean out the freezer and 2.) double check our renter’s insurance policy for fire coverage.


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