Getting dinner on the table every night can be a struggle. We’re busy all day and then it never fails–the family needs to eat. Again. 😉 That’s where freezer meals come in and save the day.
For this episode, I sat down with my friend Karyn. Karyn also homeschools her kids and we’re in the same homeschool group together. I heard about Karyn’s Freezer Meal Cooking Club and I (politely) invited myself. Her group needed a sub and I was happy to step in!
The club sounded amazing. They’ve been meeting for years (more about how their group formed in the episode) and have all different stories as to why freezer meals are a must for them.
- working moms needing to get dinner on the table after a long day at work
- homeschool moms
- moms with little kids, too exhausted to cook at the end of the day
- moms with other kids running to all the activities in the evening–not going to keep them from getting dinner on the table!
I felt like a reporter doing research for a story–I recorded a lot of the process as I met them for cooking club. You can find that on my Instagram highlights.
In this episode, we’re going to give you a step-by-step on how to start your own Freezer Meal Cooking Club, why it’s a great idea and some other options if you can’t start a club.
Keep scrolling to find some must-have tools to make freezer cooking easier AND to download a TON of recipes straight from Karyn’s arsenal. (Thank you for sharing, Karyn!!)
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6 Freezer Meal Tools to Make Freezer Cooking Easier
- Glad Ovenware/Bakeware Dishes: It’s great if you don’t have to use throw-away dishes for freezer cooking, but you also have to consider that your pans might be stuck in the freezer for weeks at a time. These are great options for freezing and then transferring to the oven.
- Silicone Baking Mat: These are great for flash freezing. If you have a lot of veggies or berries for instance and want to freeze some, it’s not a great idea to just throw them in a bag and freeze. Definitely flash freeze them first. These mats are great because nothing will stick!
- Easy Veggie Chopper: This one is SO slick! You’ll be doing a ton of chopping if you’re going to be doing a lot of freezer cooking. This will help cut down prep time a lot!
- Ziplock Freezer Gallon-Sized Bags: I prefer the zip tops rather than the sliders. Freezer bags are thicker and much more durable than regular plastic bags, so definitely use the freezer bags!
- Food Storage Containers in various sizes: Freezing liquids can be tricky with bags. These containers with lids can be reused and are perfect for freezing soups or sauces or broths.
- Bag Clip Stand: I saw some of the ladies at Cooking Club using these are they are super handy. Holds you bags steady so you can easily fill them up.
Episode 25 Timestamps:
- 5:56 – Why Start a Freezer Meal Cooking Club
- 7:34 – Logistics of Starting
- 21:30 – How to Prepare your Home for Hosting a Cooking Club
- 26:11 – How to be Cost Effective
- 29:06 – What to do for Dishes you don’t Freeze Everything in it
- 31:43 – How Often Do you Eat Freezer Meals in a Week
- 35:12 – Last Minute Tips
- 36:58 – Currently List
Links from the Episode
- Not Your Mother’s Make-Ahead Freezer Cookbook by Jessica Fisher