I’m certainly not a professional, but I’ve been doing this for a while and I wanted to take some time to share my top tips for freezer cooking and storing food in your freezer.
Recently, I was asked to share my favorite Instant Pot freezer meals with Once a Month Meals, and a bit of my story. Here’s what I shared:
“I was adamantly opposed to the Instant Pot at first because my slow cooker solved my problems of afternoon dinner prep. But when I tried the IP, I was hooked! No more defrosting meals, no more last minute pizza delivery, even starting dinner at 6pm meant we could eat by 7pm! My favorite freezer cooking tips are to make multiple pounds of ground beef in the IP and then freeze it in serving sizes to add to spaghetti or tacos at the last minute. I also love keeping extra freezer meals ready to bring to new moms or neighbors.”
I’ll share some of my top meals at the end of this post, so you can also enjoy them.
Cooking for the month
1. Start Small – The Mini Menus from OAMM are your friend. They consist of 5 dinners, each made twice and can easily be done, start to finish, in a day. Without a doubt, the place to start.
2. Label – Label the Ziploc bags and label them well. I don’t print off the labels, I use my trusty Sharpie, but include the name of the meal and the date. Every. Time.
3. Use an inventory sheet – I’m not so great at this and I can tell. Write down everything you put into the freezer on a piece of paper, with the date, and tape it to the front of the freezer. As you pull something out to eat, cross it off. This will prevent you from wondering what that frozen blob is in the back.
4. Freeze Flat – Anything that can possibly be done so should be frozen flat. It takes up less space, makes it easier to find, and easier to thaw. When freezing something like pork tenderloin, I roll the bag up around the pork and freeze like that. When prepping smoothies I put them in a Tupperware container standing up if I can’t lay them flat.
5. Don’t wait – Prep the next month before you start running out of food. That way you don’t get overwhelmed. This is super important, promise.
Yes, you can freeze
Did you know that most things can be prepared ahead and frozen? Here are some of my favorite things to freeze!
- Diced Peppers
- Green Onions
- Cookie dough
Ready to get started? Snag a FREE Mini Menu over at Once a Month Meals and join me!
My favorite Freezer Meals
Here are my top 3 instant pot recipes, and their slow cooker versions.
(Instant Pot Version > | Slow Cooker Version > )
“This is one of my favorite ones to make and my children gobble it up. It’s so much easier than making lasagna, and can easily be doubled for extra meals.”