When I first thought about the idea of freezer meal bulk cooking it seemed like a very overwhelming endeavour. I thought where do I even start? I saw BLOGS where moms spent a full day making 40 meals. A big shout out to those amazing moms, but this wasn’t for me. I decided a more gradual approach was better suited to me.
I developed a bulk prep process that is a little different from the typical make-ahead method. I prep 4 meals of the same recipe. It is so much quicker to make multiple meals of the same recipe while the ingredients are already out. I’m a bit of a creature of habit and don’t mind repeating a meal after a week or so.
The second trick I developed was a strategic plan of frozen staples that consisted of chopped and diced, onions, peppers and veggies, shredded cheese, cubed meats and pre-cooked ground meats. This became my foundation for a quick freezer meal prep.
When I start from a low stock of freezer meals I choose simple recipes that are mainly sauces with a meat. As I see my freezer starting to fill I begin to feel like I can start spending time on more time consuming recipes. Within a few weeks I have a freezer full of meals. It is such a good feeling to know I have all these meals stocked and ready to go.
This method has not only been less stressful for me than a marathon prep of 40 meals in a day, but is also less stressful on the wallet. I can shop by sales and purchase food spread out over a few weeks rather than in one big shop.
Here is a typical place to start if you are new to the concept of freezer meals or need a jump start to getting your freezer stocked.
All set up to prep 8 meals. I chose 2 really simple recipes, Swedish Meatballs and Sweet and Sour Pineapple Chicken.
30 minutes later I have 8 meals ready for the freezer. What is my secret time saving tip? I already had pre-cooked meatballs and cubed chicken in the freezer with my staples.
While I was bulk prepping look what I had baking behind the scenes. Delicious French Toast Muffins! The kids are going to love these when they get home.
My total time spent in making these 9 recipes was 60 minutes from set up to clean up. That is approximately 6.5 minutes per meal!!! You can’t beat that! I would love to hear your time saving tips and techniques to getting your freezer stocked with ease.