November 21, 2014

Preparing for Birth: Freezer Cooking

Out of all the things I need to do to get ready for this baby, this one ranks pretty high on the list.

Stockpiling our freezer with homemade foods, prepared by me, in our kitchen, for our family to have on hand after the baby’s arrival.  This is important to me for a couple of reasons.  One, I want things to be as easy for me and my husband as possible for those first weeks after the baby is born.  One of us can simply pull a meal out of the freezer, pop in the oven, and then serve with our favorite salad and rolls.  It doesn’t get much easier than that!  And the other reason is that in having these meals prepared, it keeps us from eating out, which is not only healthier for our bodies, but for our budget, too.

I like to try and make about 14 meals ahead of time, knowing that we will not eat one of them every single day.  So it really works out to last us three weeks or so.

My Freezer Cooking List

Wish me luck on getting the chocolate chip cookies into the freezer…

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  1. Kristen Akers says:

    Just found your site yesterday and I am loving it! I do a lot of freezer meals too and I was wondering if you could let me know which ones you go ahead and bake or do you freeze them uncooked (especially the chicken spaghetti). This is the one area I tend to struggle with which way to do it. Thanks for your help and good luck to you! You are such a pretty pregnant lady and and inspiration to many. Looking forward to learning more about you!

  2. Congratulations on your pending arrival! Since this is your eighth baby, it sounds like you’ve learned some things from your past experiences. I am expecting my first in June, and we went ahead and bought a freezer so we could do he exact same thing—stockpile pre-made freezer meals for my husband and me. This “mommy thing” is brand new to me, and I certainly don’t want to have to worry about fitting grocery shopping and meal preparation into my routine right away. :) My plan is to begin my freezer-cooking marathon when I return from Japan towards the end of March. I’ll definitely bookmark this post for recipe ideas.

  3. Freezer cooking is on my to do list as well. I am one week from my due date and still have a few things to do!! When I had my other two children and really didn’t do any freezer cooking, but this time around I know it is going to be crucial!! I’ve got about 4 meals done and in the freezer, and I purposely picked things that I knew would have some leftovers to try to get some extra mileage out of them. :) I’ve also got some loaves of banana and pumpkin bread for easy snacking or breakfast. I made your granola energy balls a few weeks ago and really liked them! Good to know I can freeze them too. :)

  4. It is so nice when your husband can just pop something in the oven for you after you just had a baby. It did freezer cooking before I had both my boys and friends and family gave me a few more freezer meals both times too. I think this is a great way to bless a new mom and have made freezer meals as part of a baby shower gift, because often the baby gets more than enough and this blesses the whole family.

    Thanks for sharing more freezer cooking recipes. Blessing on your last bit of pregnancy and and welcoming your new bundle of joy!

  5. I know this is a pathetic question, but I’m really hoping you will answer.

    I never cook freezer meals because I don’t know how to cook it when you want to eat it.

    Do you thaw the meal first? Or put it right in the over? How long do you cook it then?

    I would LOVE to prepare freezer meals and would seriously appreciate this info.

    FYI…just found your blog and love it!

  6. Okay. Me again.

    Maybe one day when you’re having writers block, you could do a Freezer Cooking 101 with all the info. Do you cook casserole first, then freeze? Thaw, then reheat? Straight to oven?

    I’d love it! And so would my family! ; )

  7. carole palmer says:

    Hi! i just found your website from moneysavingmom.com (she posted about your chocolate granola bars :-)
    What a great find your site is!! I’m so excited to look around and find all kinds of things to read about from you! i am the middle of 7 kids myself (not all boys, though :-)
    Many blessings to you all as you await number 8!

  8. I love all of your recipes and really love freezer meals! I just made these for my husband and we are instantly in love. they are a 24 batch of breakfast burritos! You reheat one at a time so it makes for very convenient, homemade and hearty breakfast!

    http://frugallysustainable.com/2012/01/homemade-freezer-meals-the-breakfast-burrito/

    Just a tip from one expecting mama to another :]

  9. That sounds very similar to what I did this last time – 14 main dishes, pancakes, muffins, granola, cookie dough balls. We had a few meals from friends too and ate with minimal effort for several weeks. The only thing I would do differently is make more muffins and pancakes!

  10. Great ideas! Our baby is due in 2 weeks, and I had not even thought about what we would eat. I went to a breastfeeding class and they mentioned how important it is for new moms to have some frozen meals ready to go. Thanks for the tips and recipes!

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