freezing/defrosting dinners

@nmw2005 (1197)
United States
October 15, 2007 10:58am CST
I am pregnant and am due pretty soon. I am trying to get organized by cooking meals and freezing them. However I am not sure what will freeze and defrost well. If you have any recipes or ideas it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!!
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@peanutjar (5211)
• Canada
15 Oct 07
Hi,when i was pregnant i made meals ahead of time like: Lasagnas Meatloaf&mashed potatoes&vegetables Meat pies Spaghetti in small plastic baggies(no sauce) Fried chicken pieces(i still do this,its very good and not timeconsuming just add some rice when they are done heating up on the side) Chinese fried rice&egg rolls&chicken balls Pot roast with vegetables Shake-n-bake pork chops All of this is very good frozen.I put servings in small aluminum pans that had covers for them.I bougt them at the grocery store.I still do the freezing thing and rice is the easiest thing to freeze and its good defrosted in the microwave.The food can be defrosted and then put on a metal pan in the oven for some crispiness.Spaghettis great for defrosting and reheating also.My boyfriend works in the woods and i make his meals for the week and freeze them and let them defrost and he heats them up in a small oven he has in his truck,he loves it.I was so happy when i came home from the hospital and food already made for the meals,it saved alot of time.:)
@peanutjar (5211)
• Canada
15 Oct 07
I buy alot of bread and freeze them for along time,when i want some bread i take it out,sit it on top of the counter and it defrosts by itself,tastes the same as if i just bought it from the store,just dont make sandwhiches,haha:)
@nmw2005 (1197)
• United States
16 Oct 07
Wow, so many great ideas. Freezing bread is a great idea. I used to do it, but not no reason just stopped. All we would need is lunch meat or PB&J which is a staple here.
• United States
15 Oct 07
First of all congrats on expanding your family. I freeze most of the meals my family eats. If I am going to take the time to cook I will make a bunch of them at one time. I dont really use many recipes but I have found a few tricks. Bread does not freeze well so dont try to make pizzas or sandwhiches. Other than that if it is something you are going to cook anyway the quaility will be about the same. Soups freeze well in gallon sized Ziplock freezer bags. Lasagnas are easy to make a bunch at one time. It is important to use freezer bags and good foil. It will help a lot with keeping your food good for a long time. What does you family like to eat? And what size is your freezer?
@nmw2005 (1197)
• United States
16 Oct 07
We are big on chicken and pasta. I figure my husband can make a simple pasta with sauce. I'll make and freeze other meals Our freezer isn't huge, but can store at least a weeks worth of meals.
@eden32 (3976)
• United States
15 Oct 07
As long as you are wrapping the foods well, most things will heat back up great. Some cheeses seem to not do so well- I don't have good luck freezing mac & cheese made with cheddar but no problem with lasagna. How soon is your big day? I'm down to the last week with my pregnancy :)
@nmw2005 (1197)
• United States
16 Oct 07
Lasagna is a great idea. Thanks. I have a little less than a month left. Good luck to you.