How to Start Freezer Cooking

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Last week I spoke at a local MOPS group (mothers of preschoolers) about meal planning. I shared with them my five step method for getting dinner on the table for your family.

One topic that came up was make ahead freezer meals and how to get started. While I have prepared freezer meals in my season of motherhood, I realized in that moment this is content you guys need and I’ve not covered it much here on Crystal & Co.!

This past week I have been scouring the internet for some of the best resources for you guys so I can help you get started with freezer cooking!

This is one of my favorite things about speaking to groups of women. I love to see where their struggles are so I can learn to help you guys better.


how to start freezer cooking

 Make Ahead Freezer Meals: How to Get Started:

  1. Homemade Freezer Meal 101– what makes a good freezer meal, the benefits of freezer cooking, and pointers for assembling the meals
  2. Freezer Meal Tips for Beginners– start here!
  3. Freezer Cooking Basics the what, why and how. This is a must read from a school teacher!
  4. Start Small great tips for starting small and building over time. This is great for anyone worried they will get overwhelmed!
  5. Ten Steps to Freezer Cooking and FAQ’s– a good resource!
  6. Is Freezer Cooking Worth It?– a must read!
  7. How to Freeze Pasta– it can be done! This will come in handy.
  8. How to Freeze Fresh Fruit– perfect for when you buy on sale and in bulk!
  9. How to Freeze Bananas– perfect for smoothies!
  10. How to Freeze Fresh Kale– there really are many ways to incorporate it into your meals!
  11. How to Freeze Carrots– perfect for those growing carrots in their garden!
  12. How to Freeze Eggs– who knew!! This is handy!
  13. How to Freeze and Reheat Casseroles one of my favorite things to freeze!
  14. How (and WHY) a Mom of 7 Started Freezer Meal Planning– if she can do it so can you!!
  15. Containers and Supplies for Freezer Cooking– must have resources!
  16. How to Avoid Freezer Burn– man I hate freezer burn!
  17. How to Optimize the Space in Your Freezer– one simple tip is a game changer!
  18. A List of Freezer Cooking Cookbooks– love this list!
  19. Ten Tips for Crockpot Cooking– you will need this for any of the slow cooker meals on your freezer meal plan!
  20. Start a Freezer Meal Swap I love this idea. Another way to make freezer cooking easier and a great way to get started with it.
  21. Start a Freezer Club one way to stick to freezer cooking is to start a club. Everyone has a task. Others keep you accountable. This is a great place to start!

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  1. What a time saver. Thank you for your collection of links to begin freezer cooking. I am saving this to come back to when I am ready to try my hand at it.

  2. What a wonderful resource!
    Bookmarking your post for future reference!

  3. Hi Crystal,
    I just love Freezer Meals this is a great post! Hope you are having a great day and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday this week.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  4. Congratulations!
    Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Hope you have a great weekend and enjoy your new Red Plate!
    Miz Helen

  5. I’ve done prepared frozen meat kind of dish preparations, but never thought of freezing fruits (which sounds pretty obvious). Bookmarking this for future reference! Love this list!

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