Freezer Cooking

Super Simple Soup Recipe Roundup

posted by Andrea | 12/14/2017 | 16 comments

Although I make soup regularly throughout the entire year, I definitley make more soup during the long cold winter months. And surprisingly, our kids eat soup really well!

If a nice hot bowl of soup sounds like something you’d like for dinner, then the super simple soup recipes in today’s post should give you plenty of ideas!

One More Simple Freezer Cooking Hack

posted by Andrea | 12/11/2017 | 8 comments

Today I’m sharing a simple freezer cooking hack I’ve used for years — but have apparently neglected to mention on the blog!

Not only is this tip simple, it’s extremely frugal, and it could have various other uses in your kitchen as well!

Pizza Stuffed Shells

posted by Andrea | 09/22/2017 | 11 comments

Pizza and pasta are 2 of our kids’ most favorite foods — so any time I can combine the ingredients from pizza and pasta, I know it will be a huge hit!

Today’s recipe for pizza stuffed shells is very basic, very tasty, and super easy to make ahead or freeze. It’s such a great weeknight meal when you just want to shove something in the oven and eat 20-30 minutes later! 

My Freezer Stash: 4 Weeks Before Baby #4

posted by Andrea | 08/22/2017 | 36 comments

Even though I’m NOT a big fan of massive freezer-cooking marathons, I decided to take advantage of the fact that Dave was home all summer to watch the kids while I cooked… and I did a “freezer cooking week” a couple weeks ago where I made several meals for the freezer each day.

It was a lot of work, but I’m thrilled to have a freezer that’s packed full of delicious ready-to-bake meals. Come take a look at everything I made!

Easy Chocolate Covered Banana “Popsicles”

posted by Andrea | 07/18/2017 | 15 comments

My kids love any type of frozen treat (especially during hot summer months). And while we do have some popsicles, ice cream sandwiches, and freeze pops, I also freeze gogurts, we make our own juice and pudding pops, AND I’ve started making chocolate covered banana pops (and bites) — which the kids think are so fantastic.

If you’re looking for a frugal, simple, delicious summer treat — give these a try!!!

Freezing, Defrosting, and Refreezing Meat (Safely)

posted by Andrea | 02/7/2017 | 11 comments

Over the past several years, I’ve shared much of my freezer-cooking journey here on my blog… and every time I do, I get countless questions about how to safely freeze (and refreeze) meat.

While I don’t claim to be an expert, I have done some research, and today I’m sharing MY answers to these “how to freeze meat” questions!

Why I Have ZERO Meals In My Freezer!

posted by Andrea | 01/12/2017 | 26 comments

Freezer cooking has been a crucial part of my efforts to simplify my life for over 10 years now. I have saved myself countless hours in the kitchen, thousands of dollars at the grocery store, and bucket loads of stress due to planning ahead and having ready-made meals in the freezer ALL THE TIME.

However, aside from some leftover soup, we currently have ZERO full meals in our deep freezer right now! Today, I’m sharing why…

Why I Don’t Do Massive Freezer Cooking Days

posted by Andrea | 11/9/2016 | 31 comments

This time of year, everyone is eager to fill their freezers with delicious meals and yummy baked goods… and because of that, I get at least one email or message every single day asking for tips, advice, blog post links, or information about planning and executing a massive freezer cooking day.

Today, I’m sharing why I do NOT do massive freezer cooking days — as well as what I do to keep my freezer stocked with as little time and effort as possible.

Homemade Juice Pops – A Simple Summer Snack

posted by Andrea | 06/23/2016 | 17 comments

A couple months ago, the kids and I stumbled across a popsicle mold at the dollar store and I quickly snatched it up, promising homemade popsicles for a snack later that day.

Since then, we have enjoyed homemade juice pops as an afternoon snack on a VERY regular basis! They taste great on a hot summer day and take roughly 10 seconds to make!!

Freezer Cooking FAQ’s

posted by Andrea | 02/24/2016 | 69 comments

Almost exactly 5 years ago, I shared a post about various different foods that I freeze, and over the past 5 years, that post has consistently been one of the most popular posts on my site. It has been shared thousands of times on Facebook and Pinterest and rarely a week goes by that I don’t get more comments and questions regarding that blog post.

Today I’m answering some of the most commonly asked freezer questions I’ve received.

How I Salvage Produce That’s Past Its Prime

posted by Andrea | 10/27/2015 | 45 comments

I save SO much money buying discounted produce (either in the store or at farmer’s markest) and none of it ever goes to waste. We eat as much as we can fresh, and then I “salvage” the rest.

Today, I’m sharing a few ways I salvage produce that’s a little past its prime…

Preparing Your Freezer For Fall

posted by Andrea | 09/30/2015 | 20 comments

In my opinion, Fall is one of the best times to fill your freezer — the cooler weather and shorter days allow me to spend more time in the kitchen, and Nora and I have been enjoying cooking together during the boys’ naps!

However, before I start stashing food away in our freezer for another year, there are a few things I always do first to prepare my freezer for Fall…

My Favorite Make-Ahead-and-Freeze Meals

posted by Andrea | 07/2/2015 | 8 comments

With the impending arrival of a new baby any day now, I’ve been asked over and over again what types of meals I’m making ahead to alleviate the need for as much cooking later on.

Today, I’m sharing that list!

Freezing Cooked Meat (my biggest time + money saver in the kitchen)

posted by Andrea | 11/10/2014 | 47 comments

By now, most of you know that I’m a huge advocate for keeping our deep freezer fully stocked in an effort to save time in the kitchen and money at the grocery store. However, if I had to pick my #1 biggest time + money saver in the kitchen… today’s tip would be it!

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Lasagna Pasta Bake

posted by Andrea | 07/29/2014 | 27 comments

Our family loves lasagna — however, I don’t always love making lasagna because it makes such a big mess.

So in an effort to please the family and make life a little easier on myself, I came up with this “lasagna-like” recipe. It’s a simple, delicious recipe that tastes just like lasagna but without all the work!

3 Space-Saving, Pan-Saving Freezer Cooking Tips

posted by Andrea | 06/24/2014 | 11 comments

Whenever I do a post about freezer cooking, I usually get at least a few questions asking how I make room for all the food in my freezer and how I manage to have enough baking pans for all that food.

Surprisingly, my answers to both questions are exactly the same — and that’s what I’m talking about today!

My Top 10 Favorite Food Posts

posted by Andrea | 04/3/2014 | comment

As I planned ahead for the arrival of baby Simon, I thought it might be fun to resurrect some of MY favorite posts from the past 3.5 years of blogging.

Today, I’m sharing some of MY favorite food posts — all about freezer cooking, meal-planning, canning, baking in bulk, and more!

How We Defrost Our Deep Freezer

posted by Andrea | 01/29/2014 | 36 comments

One of the things I really wanted to finish before the new baby arrives was defrosting our deep freezer in the basement. We have been meaning to do it for a few months now, and two weeks ago, I told Dave that “today is the day” (for the freezer, not the baby!) and I went downstairs to start unloading.

Today, I’m sharing our simple freezer-defrosting process, and answering a few freezer-related questions I get on a regular basis.