Panning your meals in advance is a success, and this tip will help you one step further. I like to buy the family packs of meat and the separate them into meal appropriate portions. It's extremely economical. Before freezing, season your meat with whatever seasonings and/or marinade. As the meat thaws out they will marinate as well and you can have so many meals prepared in advance this way. It also saves you time because you are doing all the seasoning at once.
It also helps to label the bags. It's easy to forget what's inside. Also, larger meats like sausage or roasts, are sometimes better when cut before freezing to reduce thawing time and aid in preparation for cooking.
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If you have a package of chicken you plan to freeze, divide the chicken into individual meal-sized containers. Add your favorite marinade, label and freeze. When you are ready for that meal, move the portion in the morning to the refrigerator to thaw. It will marinate while it is thawing.
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