It sounds like a lot of work I know but seriously this is fantastic and the hassle it takes out of the rest of the month is unreal.
So basically using the printables at the end of this post, plan out the meals which your family would enjoy and are suitable for home freezing:- here are just a few
STEP ONE: WRITE OUT ALL YOUR MEAL IDEAS.
Lasange, Cottage Pie, Shepard’s’ pie, Fisherman’s pie, Chicken curry etc, Chilli concarne, Enchilada’s I made both beef and chicken, pasta bakes, chicken pasta bakes etc.
I also made up chapati dough, pizza dough, naan bread etc, and froze, its important to remember that if you are going to make dough, wrap it up twice in cling film then put into a freezer bag, this will protect all your hard work.
STEP TWO WORK OUT ALL THE INGREDIANTS YOU HAVE TO HAND AND WHAT YOU WILL NEED.
This is important you need to decide when your freezer cooking day is going to be, and make sure you have everything you need. This is also when you plan out portion sizes.
This can be done deciding on the size of dish your going to store your food in. I have added a gallery with some of the dishes that I have purchased and used to store my cooked goods. I have a family of five, two adults and three children so you need to work out what be suitable for your family.
I know it sounds complicated but really it’s not. If your on a budget then places like Iceland are great, you can go in and buy a big bag of mince , chicken etc and it’s already prepared for you and yes once its been cooked from frozen it can be re-frozen I have done this more than once with great success. Your initial spend might seem like a lot I spent £113.00 in Iceland but the evening meals lasted for four and a half weeks which really is not bad going and in that I had purchased several breakfast items such as frozen crumpets, croissants etc.
THE NEXT STEP IS TO COOK IT
Plan your meals out using the printables and you will be amazed at how quickly you get into the swing of it , you will feel amazing proud of your self when you see all your meals in the freezer, and whats more will have saved yourself a lot of headache for the following nights to come.