Ask the Readers: What’s Your Favorite Thing to Freeze?

Freezer cooking or batch cooking can be a huge asset to a busy family. Cooking meals in advance and storing them in the freezer for later reheating can  save time, money, and unnecessary trips through the drive-thru. But, a common question I hear is what are some good recipes?

I thought this would be a great thing for us to discuss: What’s your favorite thing to freeze?

It’s hard for me to narrow it down to just one recipe; I have so many recipes I love. But, one current favorite at our house is Meatballs. They don’t need to thaw, are quick to reheat, and are extremely versatile. I can douse them in red sauce and serve them over pasta. Or coat them in gravy and stack them on mashed potatoes. Or I create a Catalan sauce of tomatoes, mushrooms and green olives and serve them with boiled potatoes for Boules de Picolat. The possibilities are endless…. BBQ Meatballs, Meatball Sandwiches, Albondigas….

Need I go on?

My family gobbles these down. And I love to have a stash of Meatballs in the freezer.

What’s YOUR favorite thing to freeze?



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  1. It’s hard to choose just one thing. With a big freezer, my favorite thing to freeze is probably chili. I would make different types with the same base and then reheat in the crockpot for an easy meal.
    Now that I have a tiny freezer and don’t always have gas for it- chocolate. I can’t buy it here, so it is a precious commodity when I have it. I have to keep it safe!

  2. My favorite thing to freeze is cooked chicken – diced and shredded. I cook it in my slow cooker (don’t know why I haven’t done this for years now) because it falls off the bone. I shred and dice it and bag it for the freezer. It makes so many of my dinners and appetizers quick if I have the chicken ready to go!

  3. Sloppy Joes’s, I make 10lbs of it every month and it’s always gone, either to my 3 boys and hubby, or out the door to bless someone :)

  4. My go-to in the freezer is ground beef seasoned with salt, pepper and garlic. I’ll cook up 15 lbs at a time and freeze it in 2 1/2 cup packets. I use it for spaghetti, chili, sloppy joes, casseroles, etc I can always come up with a last minute dinner as long as I’ve got a packet of my seasoned gb!

  5. Cooked taco meat, homemade pizza dough and sauce, chopped and flash frozen veggies, chili, enchiladas.

    Oh my goodness, the list could go on and on. Freezer cooking and being creative with what I freeze has been an amazing life saver, time saver, marriage saver. :)

  6. I’m pretty new to freezer cooking, but meatballs are a favorite of mine too!! I freeze them raw on a cookie sheet and then pop them off and put them in bags of about 30. So incredibly handy!!

  7. Deb Whitten says:

    I love to freeze meals to make my life easier. Love to make spaghetti sauce, sweet chili, meatloaf, stromboli (made with homemade dough), dough balls, bran muffins, lasagna, and just about anything I can double up on and make room for in my freezer!!

  8. I make a meal called “Bacon Cheeseburger Rice” which is my latest favorite. I buy ground beef in bulk and cook it all up in the oven then put it in the bags with the can of diced tomatoes, cheese, bacon, etc…really easy to bag up. The best part though is how easy it is to make the day of. It just needs to heat and mix all together on the stove…not bake for an hour in the oven.

  9. I don’t have a post about it, but I love freezing breadcrumbs from stale bread, chicken stock from bioling poultry carcus and big hauls of day old bread and parstries on clearance from the grocery store ;)

  10. Probably not as exciting as everyone else, but bread is a favorite as well as pumpkin muffins. I love making 6 loaves of bread at a time (recipe from Crystal at Money Saving Mom), and eating one right away and freezing the rest. Unfortunately though, with 5 kids, it still doesn’t last long!
    Blessings!

  11. Oh this is a hard one…what don’t I freeze should be the question..hahaha

    I get this question all the time on my blog and I always tell people that all recipes in some way shape or form can be either made ahead of time and/or frozen. There of course are few exceptions. I actually put freezer and reheating instructions with every recipe I post.

    But if I had to chose one…or two of my favorite recipes it would probably starters like cooked/shredded chicken, rice, sauce, meatballs, and pizza dough.

  12. My favorite go to freezer item would be ground beef. I mix up about 10+ pounds with some salt, pepper, bread crumbs and egg, then shape some into meatballs and some into meatloafs and some into salsbury steaks. So easy and we get so many meals out of it.

  13. Banana bread!!! I just made 3 loaves yesterday. I slice each loaf into 12 slices, then put the slices into small sandwich baggies (usually 2 per bag), then place all the sandwich baggies inside a large freezer bag and putit in the freezer.

    Every time I need to run errands with my kids, we grab a baggie or two from the freezer, put it in my purse, and the bread is thawed and ready to eat by the time the kids are bored with errands!! No drive through necessary, and all hunger-tantrums avoided. :)

    To make my banana bread a bit healthier, I cut the sugar in half, and add an extra banana or two. The bread tastes just as good without all the sugar.

  14. My favorites to freeze are lasagna and from scratch pancakes (Ellie Krieger’s recipe). Both come out just fine after they have been frozen. Separate the pancakes with wax paper or butcher paper though.

  15. My favorite meal to freeze is Mexican Lasagna. It tastes exactly the same as a fresh one, whenever I thaw and bake it. I don’t have that recipe on my site yet though, so I’ll link to my favorite dessert to freeze. I love having a stash of Almond Bars in the freezer, for gifts or desserts or sometimes just for ME.

    Fun links today. I’ll be back in a bit to look through them. Thanks!

  16. Nancy Lundy says:

    Cooked ground beef. Makes meal prep so much quicker – I just nuke it for a couple minutes to thaw & it’s ready to go in spaghetti sauce, tacos, tater tot casserole, etc. My second favorite is cooked, shredded or cubed chicken.

  17. Love to freeze baked goods, produce, meatloaf cups, the list goes on and on!

  18. Rock on with your meatballs! :) I love freezing mine, too!

  19. I agree that it’s hard to choose a favorite. I like to have cooked, shredded chicken in the freezer. I freeze in 2 cup portions and use it for chicken enchiladas, soup, pot pie, BBQ sandwiches or pizza, casseroles…the list goes on.

    I also love, love, love to have your cinnamon rolls in the freezer. So yummy!!

  20. My favorite thing to freeze is the produce from my garden. Every summer, I freeze gallons upon gallons of plum tomatoes, plus cherry tomatoes, regular tomatoes, green beans, broccoli, and the occasional green, along with peaches and raspberries from our vines.

  21. Applesauce! I cram as many peeled and sliced Jonagold apples as I can in my crockpot, sprinkle with cinnamon, and cook on low for 8 hours. Cool and freeze in mason jars. Homemade and no added sugar. Yum!

  22. Chicken nuggets. I bread them and freeze uncooked, so fresh nuggets are as easy as quickly frying. This has proved helpful the last few days…I just had my third baby yesterday. :) Having stock and cooked beans in the freezer is also proving helpful, so I could request some soup be made and it came together very easily. I prefer to freeze ingredients rather than whole meals, it works out better for the way we cook and eat — really versatile and meals can be prepared in under 30 minutes.

  23. Great topic. I look forward to checking out the links. My current favorite is zucchini banana bread, which is what I linked up, because it prolongs the zucchini season! :)
    I also like freezing breads, raw chicken, and even casseroles.

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