So, a lot of you probably saw my Insta-story on the 13 freezer meals I made one Saturday afternoon and are curious as to how it went. I can tell you it was hard but I'm sooooo glad I did it! I did this because I've had so many friends and family tell me that the last thing you're going to want to do after a full day of nursing and changing diapers is cook. And I don't really want to eat takeout every night either.
So I though pre-made meals would be the best option for our family. Our outdoor freezer is completely full with meals that will feed at least 4 and should last us through March especially if we receive any meals from friends and family after the baby is born.
Here is a breakdown of the steps I took:
I bought all the meat and gallon storage bags/foil casserole pans from Sam's and everything else from Wal-Mart. I spent about $250 ($19 per meal), however keep in mind that we just moved in to our new home about 3 months ago and I started completely over with my pantry. I had to buy most all of the spices needed which really added up. You should have most of these spices on hand already
I first divided the the recipes into 2 groups: crockpot meals and casseroles. Then I divided each group into 2 more groups: raw meals and precooked meals. Once I knew which group the recipe belonged, it was really easy to set-up assembly lines and knock it out quickly.
For the recipes that required cooked chicken, I boiled the whole chicken breasts in a pot of water seasoned with salt, pepper, 2 bay leaves and onion powder. I would say all-in-all it took me about 6 hours total from start to finish to complete everything.
Please let me know if you have any questions in the comments below!