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Freezer Cooking: What Can You Freeze?
Posted By Jessica Fisher On November 28, 2009 @ 8:25 pm In Freezer Cooking,Home Management,Meal Planning,Time Management | 70 Comments
Often when people hear the words, freezer meal, they imagine a cold, hard slab of a casserole covered in ice crystals. Ick. Makes freezer cooking sound unappealing, doesn’t it?
How about this instead?
That puts a new look on a frozen dinner, doesn’t it? Carnitas  are easily prepared ahead of time, cooled, wrapped well, and stashed in the freezer for dinner later in the month. Just add corn tortillas and fresh guacamole  and you’re good to go.
It’s not as if the entire meal has to be prepared ahead of time. Just think through your favorite recipes. What can you do in advance without loss of texture or taste? I have experimented with meals such as Peanut Butter Chicken  and found ways to make parts of it ahead of time. I cook the chicken and veggies, cool and wrap, package the sauce separately, and make sure that I have noodles in the pantry to cook on the day of serving. Then I can assemble the meal quite quickly without having to chop, shred, dice, or mix, saving myself a ton of time and energy.
If you’re not sure something will freeze, test it out next time you serve it for dinner. Freeze a portion size before or after cooking. Then try it a few days later. If it tastes good, you know it will freeze.
You’d be pleasantly surprised by what you can cook and freeze for later. I love casseroles with the best of them, but you don’t have to limit your big batch cooking to just 9×13 inch pans. The following is a list of what I’ve found that freezes well. It’s not an exhaustive list. There’s more that I haven’t yet discovered. Your options are almost limitless!
What You Can Freeze
What You Can’t Freeze
There are some things that are better left unfrozen. Here’s my short list:
What do you freeze to enjoy later? If I missed something, I’d love to know what you’ve had success with.
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