These easy freezer meals are perfect for those busy nights when you don’t have time to cook a nutritious family meal from scratch. Take your meal planning to the next level with make-ahead freezer meals the whole family will love and top tips on how to freeze your pre-cooked dinners and easily reheat for when you’re ready to eat!
Freezer meals are a perfect way to get back more time when you need it most, by preparing meals ahead of time that you can enjoy later! Freezer cooking is one of our favourite ways to make busy weeks easier.
Getting Started With Freezer Cooking
Do you ever feel like life is too busy to put a great meal on the table? I get you! With 2 full-time blogs and a busy family, some days I like to cheat a little in our meal planning. And by cheat, I mean save bucketloads of time by planning ahead!
The best way to get started is to consider the regular meals you already cook and which ones will make perfect freezer meals. And set some time aside to do some bulk cooking.
We sometimes dedicate an afternoon to bulk freezer cooking and the result can be up to a month of meals in just a few hours. Imagine how much time is saved.
Can I Freeze Any Meal?
While the idea of freezing anything you usually make sounds super simple, not every recipe is suitable for freezing. It’s not necessarily going to cause health risks, but it may not taste as good after defrosting.
This is especially the case with anything that is typically crispy. Fried food tends to end up soggy, as do salad and cucumber. Many dairy-based soups or sauces aren’t ideal either.
How To Store Freezer Meals
Ensure you have suitable freezer-safe containers to suit your meals.
We typically use reusable plastic containers that can be stacked easily in our freezer. These are convenient for us as it makes them suitable for reheating at work for my husband.
If you are limited on freezer space, using good quality freezer bags with a ziplock are a perfect option. You can roll them flat and stack easily in your freezer. You can even store them in the door or in a magazine rack in your freezer for compact storage.
Larger freezer meals, such as casserole or bakes can be frozen in foil containers, which can go directly in the oven (not the microwave) for reheating.
Thawing & Reheating Meals
- Remove your frozen uncooked meat from the freezer, placing on a dish with paper towel to catch any liquid.
- Defrost for approximately 24 hours in the refrigerator
- When defrosting pre-cooked meals, the same process is ideal to minimise the chance of cold spots in the middle of your reheated meal.
- To reheat your meal, transfer to a suitable oven dish and cook until bubbling/until heated through.
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These delicious family means will help you get started with freezer cooking, giving you a selection of easy, family-friendly freezer meals to make ahead of time.
There is no end of options for easy freezer meals, as a way of making your meal planning work, no matter how busy your week is.
Freezer cooking quick tips:
- Double up quantities of your favourite freezable meals – one to eat, one to freeze
- Experiment with cooking bulk meat & freezing in smaller portions for different meals
- Try freezing both pre-cooked & uncooked dump recipes to see which you prefer
- Have the right tools on hand for storing & labelling
- Label all your meals before freezing
- Allow meals to cool completely before freezing
To get started with meal planning, check out my complete guide and get the free printables.