What's in your freezer?

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tanismom's picture
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What's in your freezer?

We've had this thread on my July 09 and March 07 board, thought it might be a good time to start it here.

Don't know about you guys, but I've started stocking my freezer for after the birth. I know that for the first week or two friends will bring us stuff, but still... so let's start a list of good freezer food so that we can all get ideas for easy after birth dinners, lunches and snacks!

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That is something I have never done. My DH is a very good cook. We don't really have anyone who will bring us food, but he cooks a few times every time week so I know it will be all good lol

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I just started yesterday, so far I've got:

1 pan (un)baked ziti - all sauced and cheesed, just gotta throw it in the oven
1 pan of chicken and rice
1 small broccoli/cauliflower cheeseless quiche
2 small potato kugels (kugel = mushed vegetable, eggs, oil, salt, pepper and breadcrumbs)

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For main course dishes... So far, I've only got 1 dish of ziti & some pizza sauce in there.

I'm going to make some of my meat sauce & freeze that. Then all we will need is to boil some pasta & heat the meat sauce.

I found some freezer crockpot ideas on pinterest that I want to try. You have everything prepped, place in ziplocks & when the time comes, you just dump in the crockpot.

I make a ton of soups in the fall & winter. They are usually pretty easy to make but I've never tried to freeze them.

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soups freeze really really well. every soup I've frozen has defrosted just fine, and sometimes freezing it actually makes it taste better! especially chicken soup!

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You are all making me jealous! Smile Unfortunately we do not have a full size fridge or freezer, so we are pretty limited to what we can squeeze in there. Right now we have a half gallon of cookies n cream ice cream. A couple medium sized frozen pizzas, a small pack of chicken patties, and a couple packs of burritos... and that's FULL capacity for us... and also unfortunately only about 4 meals worth of food!!

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We don't have tons in our freezer right now.. we have some gluten free ziti for DH and some peach and blackberry cobbler (made my MIL). I will likely make some spaghetti sauce, too. Not sure what else. It's harder with DH having dietary constrictions!

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"abh413" wrote:

I found some freezer crockpot ideas on pinterest that I want to try. You have everything prepped, place in ziplocks & when the time comes, you just dump in the crockpot.

*lurker*

I LOVE this idea. I'm also gluten free and my SO isn't much of a cook... but freezing bags of uncooked beef stew sounds pretty fool-proof!

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I'm getting started on this next week. I'll have individual portions of mac and cheese, spinach and cheese canneloni, and a few other things that I haven't decided on yet. As well, we always have lots of steaks, chicken and other meat portioned and frozen into appropriate sizes.

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I'm spoiled rotten and since we live with my mom I most likely won't freeze anything because she cooks for us most evenings. I just really dislike cooking :-(. I may actually do some chicken tortilla soup and taco soup before she gets here and freeze that just because its easy to make in the first place and my mom and I both like it.

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For Gluten-free slow-cooker ideas.....http://crockpot365.blogspot.com/

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This chore is on my list but I don't know if I'll make it. I'm having trouble coming up with ideas that aren't just your regular lasagna or what have you.

Has anyone frozen quiche?

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yes, I freeze quiches. I love the slow cooker ideas! (unfortunately i don't have one... and I think I'll invest in a food processor before that!) But I guess I could also freeze the uncooked stew and then throw it in a pot on a low flame.
This week I'll be making zucchini bread and banana bread and a bunch of different kinds of nutrition-packed muffins (by adding all sorts of nuts and seeds etc...) I especially like using the tiny muffin tins, those are great snacks to grab with a water bottle while you're feeding LO. sometimes in the beginning that's the only time I know I'll eat cuz I'm sitting!

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We have nothing. Sad Since we just moved we ate everything in the freezer. I usually use are deep freeze to store breast milk. We do have lots of ice cream and frozen pizza. Biggrin

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"tanismom" wrote:

yes, I freeze quiches. I love the slow cooker ideas! (unfortunately i don't have one... and I think I'll invest in a food processor before that!) But I guess I could also freeze the uncooked stew and then throw it in a pot on a low flame.
This week I'll be making zucchini bread and banana bread and a bunch of different kinds of nutrition-packed muffins (by adding all sorts of nuts and seeds etc...) I especially like using the tiny muffin tins, those are great snacks to grab with a water bottle while you're feeding LO. sometimes in the beginning that's the only time I know I'll eat cuz I'm sitting!

That sounds like a great idea. Do you have some recipes that you could share?

I am planning to freeze some meatloaf and chicken casserole while I am off work tomorrow. I am looking for other good ideas though. I am thinking that I could cook some big pots of veggies and freeze them in smaller portions to save us some time.

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"BabyBuff" wrote:

That sounds like a great idea. Do you have some recipes that you could share?

I know this question wasn't directed at me but I thought I would share this one since banana bread was mentioned. This is the banana bread recipe I use (I add cinnamon) & it freezes very well. I slice it & freeze individual slices wrapped in wax paper in a freezer bag. Here's the link to the recipe... http://allrecipes.com/recipe/best-ever-banana-bread/detail.aspx

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IF we get to TN on time for me to cook anything, I'll be making:

pancakes

lasagna
spaghetti
meatloaf
vegetable soup
chili

DH is a pretty good cook and he loves to grill, so I'm not TOO worried about it. He won't let us starve Biggrin

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Thanks for the banana bread recipe!

I ended up freezing a chicken casserole, 2 squash casseroles and three quarts of peas. I still have to make the meatloaf . . . I suppose I'll get to it soon.

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We have a tiny freezer so I can't freeze meals like that, which makes me sad! All we have in our freezer is veggies, chicken breasts and brisket. Since DH gets 2 weeks off after LO comes I've never had a problem fixing something quick. I hope that remains true this time! DH isn't much of a cook, but he's a lean mean grilling machine :). So he can help if I need him to.