O/T Storing meals in the freezer?

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O/T Storing meals in the freezer?

How do you do it? I used to use foil pans with foil lids but I haven't seen them here. I would cook (ie lasagna) freeze it and then heat in the oven at a later date. I do see foil pans but without the lids.

Do you use pans and freeze them or do you line the pans with something, freeze it and then transfer it and have your pan back? Do you cook the meals first and then reheat or do you freeze it raw and cook it once you take it out from the freezer?

How does it work for you and how long do you freeze your meals for?

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I can't say at your local stores but I know Walmart (by the regular pans and cooking utensils) has the foil pans with lids and the Dollar Tree does as well at least around me Smile
I'm hoping to start making meals now that it's almost July. I don't think I'd want to freeze a meal more than 3 months, but that's not based on anything except my own personal feelings. Plus my dh still has to clean our chest freezer out before I even have room to freeze any meals.

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I hope Heather chimes in on this, because she already has quite a pit of her freezer meals completed.

I've done a couple, using the foil pans without lids. I put the meal in the pan uncooked, wrap it completely in saran wrap (to avoid freezer burn and that icky freezer taste) then cover it with foil. I also write the cooking directions in sharpie right on the foil so I don't have to go look anything up when I want to use the meal.

hope that helps!!

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I freeze my stuff in foil pans. I was hoping to find ones with lids, but last time I wrapped the top in layers of saran and foil.

I don't cook my meals before I freeze them. I freeze them right at the point they're ready to be cooked and then when I take them out of the freezer they get cooked.

I agree with Mandi, I try not to freeze my meals longer than three months. I'm going to start in August I think.

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Thanks. Our freezer is almost completely empty from when we moved. I want to test recipies that I haven't made before. Normally all I make is lasagna and chilli Blum 3

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I use different things to wrap them in, depending on what I'm making. For lasagna, I line a regular pan with either saran wrap or freezer paper or something along those lines, freeze the lasagna, then lift it out and wrap it up in a couple layers of saran wrap and foil. For soups (including chili), I've had a lot of success freezing them in the disposable tupperware/gladware stuff. Depending on how long I'm freezing it for, I will usually put a layer of saran wrap on the top of the soup to protect it from freezer burn, then put the lid on. When I make the filling for shepherd's pie I just pour it into a ziplock freezer bag. For baked goods, I wrap them individually in saran wrap (or in the case of cookies, I usually stack about six together to wrap, instead of each individual cookie) and then put them in a ziplock freezer bag.

Whether the meals are already cooked depends on what they are. I mean, technically lasagna is already cooked when you assemble it, you're just heating it up afterwards. I've experimented a bit to find out what works best for the different meals that I make.

The length of time I freeze meals for also depends on the meal itself. Usually I keep it around 3 months, but I've found that certain meals are totally fine in there longer, as long as they're well wrapped up. I also check my freezer on a regular basis (a couple of times a week) to make sure that it's working right and staying at a good temperature.

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A question about freezing lasagna, I normally use the no cook noodles...can I still use those when freezing or do I have to use the normal ones?

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"mandi04" wrote:

A question about freezing lasagna, I normally use the no cook noodles...can I still use those when freezing or do I have to use the normal ones?

I don't cook my noodles if I use the regular ones but have used the no cook ones too. I've frozen with both and had no issues either way.

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That's a good question... I'm not sure. I've only used the no cook noodles once and I didn't really care for them, so I always use the regular ones. I think it would probably be fine, though. They might be a little too soft after being frozen, but I don't see why you couldn't use them. Maybe someone else has more experience with them and has a better answer!

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I don't have anything other than our normal freezer, so when I did meals last time, I did them about 2-3 weeks before my due date.

I did lasagna, baked ziti, eggplant parmesan, quiche, scalloped potatoes and ham, and a few other things I can't remember....
I didn't have foil tops, so I did a foil pan, foil on top, saran wrap, and then more foil... so you could just take the foil and saran wrap off and pop in the oven.
I was surprised how long they lasted us!! I did big pans, and a lot of people were around to eat for a couple weeks.

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"mandi04" wrote:

A question about freezing lasagna, I normally use the no cook noodles...can I still use those when freezing or do I have to use the normal ones?

I don't cook my noodles at all and just use regular noodles sometimes.

I often use brown rice noodles and they really don't need to be pre-cooked. They're fabulous!