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Why The Freezer Meals are Still Frozen

Posted by on Mar. 1, 2012 at 12:00 AM
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When I was pregnant with my second I spent hours in the kitchen preparing and freezing meals to eat once she arrived. I bought a chest freezer, I learned the best way to seal up freezer meals to protect against freezer burn. I labeled them all diligently and organized them by cuisine. We would eat like kings once this baby arrived! The baby came, life flew by in a haze and my freezer is still really full of those meals I so ambitiously made 10 months ago.

What went wrong? And more importantly, what have we been eating for the last year?



My biggest mistake in preparing these dozens of freezer meals is that I made them big enough to feed a family of eight when there was only 3 of us who would be eating them. "Leftovers!" I thought, but leftovers aren't a huge hit in our house, not to mention the freezing, thawing and reheating wasn't nearly as palatable on 8 month old lasagne. I also never took into consideration just how long it takes to heat up the meals. Had I thought about it at 3 o'clock I could have pulled it out of the freezer, preheated the oven and had dinner ready by 5. But no, 3 o'clock is sad o'clock in our house and dinner was always the farthest thing from my mind. By the time my six year old started asking about dinner it was already 5 and unless we wanted to eat at 7 those giant freezer meals were out of the question.

I seem to have a similar relationship with my slow cooker, something about chopping meat and sauteeing veggies at 9 am so you can have dinner ready at 6 - the slow cooker is one of the greatest inventions ever for busy families but I just can't seem to wrap my head around making dinner before breakfast and cooking it while I eat lunch.

It's a funny relationship I have with meals, while it makes all the sense in the world to prepare often and prepare early - meal time comes around, especially dinner, and I'm wondering where the food is going to come from because I certainly didn't have the foresight to put a freezer meal in the oven in time or get the slow cooker ready 8 hours earlier.

At what point in your day do you start thinking about where dinner's coming from?

by on Mar. 1, 2012 at 12:00 AM
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splatz
by Sarah on Mar. 2, 2012 at 2:08 PM
I meal plan ahead of time. But I always make sure the night before or first thing that morning that what we need will be ready. If its one of my freezer meals I let it thaw starting the night before. If all else fails I keep back up meal supplies in the freezer. A bag of pre-cooked sliced chicken breast makes for quick and easy wraps or quesadillas. :)
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MamaMandee
by on Mar. 6, 2012 at 3:11 PM

For a while I was really good about making a weekly menu but lately I have not been and so I found myself late afternoon standing in the middle of the kitchen wondering what to make. 

Kmakksmom
by on Mar. 6, 2012 at 3:39 PM

 The answer depends on what we are making that night.  Sometimes we think about it the night before *so it can sit and marinate* or during the late morning/early afternoon.

Kainalu55
by on Mar. 6, 2012 at 3:54 PM
Right before I cook it! I love my crockpot though...I try to use it at least once a week. And sometimes...a frozen pizza thrown in the oven will do!
Kainalu55
by on Mar. 6, 2012 at 3:54 PM
I thought of doing the weekly menu, but never got around to it
Quoting MamaMandee:

For a while I was really good about making a weekly menu but lately I have not been and so I found myself late afternoon standing in the middle of the kitchen wondering what to make. 


copperswifey
by on Mar. 6, 2012 at 4:07 PM

I usually start thinking about what I want to make the night before. We do grocery shopping for two weeks of meals. I just have to decide what I feel like making for that night and what I'm craving lol :)

Leelee1008
by Member on Mar. 6, 2012 at 9:20 PM

it depends on the day really.I have an 11,8 and 13 month old. On a normal day Around 3 or 4 ish.

OliviasMommy611
by on Mar. 6, 2012 at 10:59 PM
The night before.
Rushn311
by on Mar. 7, 2012 at 2:05 AM

I use to have a weekly menu planned out by the day-but now I have dinners figured out, just not a specific day picked out.

malexander2009
by on Mar. 7, 2012 at 7:52 AM

I plan meals, I have a couple staples that are made every week, and a couple variables that get tossed in amongst every thing else. All my meals take less than an hour to make and give me plenty of rest time while one or two components are cooking. Some of my recipes change weekly so no one gets tired of one thing or another. 

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