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  • I make my lunches for a whole week on Sundays! - 1/6/2016 7:01:41 AM
    For economic labeling of freezer bound meals, use masking tape. A roll of 1" wide tape, costs about a dollar, and will last for months. (any pen will work, or use a Sharpie for best results.) - 8/27/2015 10:28:51 AM
    I make big batches of food for our freezer, but it's not always "good for you" meals, it's "taste good" foods that everyone enjoys. If everyone in the family or your circle of friends enjoys healthy foods at all times, this is a good idea though. In a perfect world, it would be a terrific idea. - 9/22/2014 2:36:57 PM
  • Living alone I rely on big batch cooking. I work long hours sometimes and cant be bothered cooking when I get home so would ALWAYS head to the takeaway joints. I bought myself a deep freezer (friends/family were initially like "why on earth do you need a freezer for just yourself?") and batch cook loads of meals. So simple in the mornings - take out my prepared lunches/dinners/snacks to defrost and Im away. I always make sure I have some meals in there I can reheat in oven directly from frozen too in case I forgot to get them out in the morning (Im not a fan of microwave defrosting) - 8/11/2014 3:36:18 PM
  • I agree with KIMBERLYSWEET. - 11/9/2013 1:28:00 AM
  • I do a little bit of this...I will make chili and freeze half, or sometimes I will brown ground beef with some celery and use it for sloppy joes later. I have also done this with chicken. I even have frozen turkey burgers to eat at a later time. I make egg muffins to freeze for breakfasts at work. I work a lot and have a lot of hobbies. Doing this sort of thing helps us to eat healthy meals instead of grabbing something bad. - 5/13/2013 9:42:46 AM
  • Great tips, I have been doing this for years. It is a great way to always have nutritious meals for our family. - 12/26/2012 1:00:49 PM
    When we make lasagne, it's a family event. Each of the kids has an assignment (cheese, noodles, sauce, meat, etc.), as do my hubby and I. We make about six to freeze, plus one for that night's meal & leftovers. Line up all the pans on a table, each person adds whatever "their" layer is, and we just keep rotating around until all the layers are finished.

    It goes quickly and we all feel great about doing something together that we can enjoy in months to come. - 8/20/2012 12:09:45 PM
  • Great article. I do this when I make salsa and marinara sauce. I make a big batch, 3 gallons or so, and put them in canning jars and a 45 minute water bath in a canning pot. I'm not sure how long the shelf life is but at least 6 months, and it is all used for meals by then anyway. - 8/17/2012 1:34:31 PM
    I work 12+ hours a day, six days a week, and I tend to sleep more on the only day of the week I have off. But I really like to cook as many meals as possible when I'm going to be in the kitchen!

    I never knew the freezer life of foods, so I did learn something new from this article. Thanks! - 12/13/2011 10:04:16 PM
    Ugh, I agree...veal is NASTY...
    I don't eat any meat that's not's all really disturbing if you know where industrialized meat comes from and how it was raised...check out Food, Inc. to learn more... - 12/13/2011 11:10:11 AM
    Big batch cooking is the secret to consistently eating healthy...I spend an afternoon each week cooking for the week, and it's a lifesaver...when coming home after a busy day, all I have to do is heat and eat...way healthier than commercially frozen frankenfood or take out...ew! - 12/13/2011 11:07:20 AM
    I don't think that you should be encouraging people to eat veal. It's an unhealthy food, considering the high fat content. And a baby animal was penned in a tiny cage and fattened up on food he wouldn't normally be eating, that's very inhumane. Why don't you really look into veal, how it's produced, and decide for the good of the animal to not eat that way!

    What's next, are you going to be recommending we eat fois gras? That's another example of an animal that is force fed to an extreme. Eat healthy food, people! - 12/13/2011 8:38:11 AM
  • Love crockpot cooking.
    - 12/13/2011 7:07:08 AM
  • Hahaha - I grew up in a very large family and didn't know how to cook for only 2 when I got married! Since then, I have cut down, but always freeze at least half of what I make in freezer containers, labeled & dated.
    As my daughters grew up and had their college apartments, I froze individual servings of food for them, too. They absolutely love it when they get their "care packages" of homemade foods that they grew up loving.
    Some items are suitable for preparing and freezing immediately without cooking, so I try to do that as much as I can so it tastes even fresher. Examples: meatloaf (pressed into mini bundt pans), lasagne (made in one large 12x16 pan, slightly frozen, then cut into sections for individual freezing), marinated & seasoned chicken breasts or fish fillets, etc. These I make into 2-3 person servings so they can have company, too. Don't forget to add cooking instructions taped to the lid! I also make homemade chicken soup without the starch (rice or noodles) and give them frozen packages of my homemade noodles or rice mixtures and they add them in to prevent sogginess.Their friends see these prepared meals and then beg their mothers to do the same for them now. - 11/20/2011 12:39:39 PM

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