Cooking for the freezer

United States
February 17, 2007 6:49am CST
Does anyone do cooking for the freezer? What recipes freeze well? I've read several books but don't know how good the recipes really are or how well they turn out after they are frozen.
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• United States
17 Feb 07
I would suggest chili, any kind of soup, or lasagna. Meatloaf also freezes quite well. I would stay away from anything that has a lot of rice in it. The best meatloaf recipe I ever used is as follows: 1-2lb ground beef pepper, garlic, worstershire to taste 2 tbs minced onion 1/4 cup bread crumbs 1 egg some milk to keep it moist a squirt or two of ketsup Grind it up with your hands, form two small loaves and bake at 350 degrees for about 45-50 min on a foil-covered broiling pan. It's not specific, but that's the beauty of it. If you want to, you could add bay leaves or green pepper. Yes, this does freeze beautifully. So does red beans and rice, actually.
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@momaloti (36)
• United States
18 Feb 07
I discovered freezer cooking, or Once-A-Month Cooking (OAMC) about 8 years ago and have been doing some degree of it ever since. I have done the cooking double of something to freeze or else the whole planned cooking day ending up with 30-45 entrees/side dishes, etc in the freezer when all is said and done. There are many different websites and cookbooks out there, but my favorite that I always fall back on using is "The Freezer Cooking Manual" by 30 Day Gourmet. I have used many of their recipes and loved them. The recipes all have frozen with great results and generally only have to many alter seasoning to suite my family tastes. They have a website with a great message board where you can ask questions or post/request recipes. There is also a free newsletter on the website that you can sign up for that has alot of info and recipes. Like I said there are recipes everywhere, but this is the place with the most reliable and family friendly that I have found. Hope this helps you get started.
@quispy (572)
• United States
18 Feb 07
Chili, chicken soup, pulled beef and pork, pea soup, lasagna, meatloaf, meatballs. All of these freeze really well in my experience.
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• United States
17 Feb 07
I do have a cookbook on making quiches are good. Meatballs good. Trying to think of some more been awhile since I have needed to do the freezer cooking. I am the only one now. The pizzas.
• United States
18 Feb 07
Well I wish I found this discussion sooner. I can't think of anything to add. All the suggestions I have read are ones I would have given. Oh wait - I make from scratch pancakes in bulk. Freeze and then my kids need only heat and eat! I love cooking in bulk. Problem is I am not well and lately have not had energy to cook let alone in bulk.