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February 27th, 2012, 04:16 PM
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I was just wondering if anyone plans to make and freeze anything ahead of time, and if so, what are you thinking of making?
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February 27th, 2012, 04:34 PM
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Possibly. We don't have much freezer space. My husband has been re-roofing our "shed" in the back yard, and when he gets that finished, I'd love to put a deep freezer back there. If we did that, then I'll fill it up. No idea what I'd make though. I guess it depends on how I'm eating at the end of pregnancy.
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February 27th, 2012, 04:48 PM
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Oh. That's such a good point. We don't have a lot of freezer space either... I was thinking of making speghetti ahead of time and putting it in the fridge, but not sure what else to make...
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February 27th, 2012, 05:08 PM
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I do freezer cooking occasionally. Some freezer meals I've done still require standing at the stove to cook (stir fry or skillet meals), so those wouldn't be good for postpartum. But most baked pastas work well (lasagna and manicotti are my favorites) as well as some mexican (I've done burritos and enchiladas). You can bread chicken breasts or pork chops for cooking in the oven later. Meatballs freeze well (reheat in the sauce you want to serve it in). I've frozen loaves of french bread with garlic butter spread on them. Then I can just pop them in the oven for a side to go with dinner. Muffins are good to have for a snack or breakfast and they freeze well.

Another method is to prepare ingredients ahead of time. Cook some crumbled ground beef and then freeze on a cookie sheet. When frozen, put into a freezer bag. Then you can add meat to a jarred pasta sauce (or you can freeze homemade sauce in meal size portions and use that). You can freeze tomato based sauces for pasta or pizza. Shredded cheese can be frozen. Cut up onions, green peppers, or other veggies like that and freeze.
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February 27th, 2012, 05:15 PM
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I'm going to marinate chicken for the grill and pre-patty (is that a word) hamburgers and kaboobs for the grill for dh (he's like a deer in headlights when it comes to making a well rounded meal...what do you mean we need a vegetable????? lol)

I am also going to put all the ingredients into ziplock bags for a few crock pot meals (good thing about the crock pot is it doesn't heat up the house.)
Pot Roast
Taco Soup
Chicken Noodle Soup

Things like that. My hope is to have 2-3wks worth of meals ready. FYI if you lay the bags flat to freeze they stack really well and you get more space. I also have a few apple pie fillings pre-pared too so all dh has to do is put them into a crust and poof he made an apple pie! lol
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February 27th, 2012, 05:30 PM
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Oh, I like the idea of prepreparing the crock pot meals! What about raw potatos, do they freeze well? I like potatos, carrots, and peas cooked together with pot roast. Mmmmmmm. I could also prep some stuff ahead of time to make chili (LOVE me some chili no matter what time of year!!)... I could do some frozen pastas too... And pre-patty some turkey burgers...
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February 27th, 2012, 05:34 PM
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I plan to make some freezer meals as well. We don't have much freezer space at all, but I plan to get a deep freezer for that.

Try looking at Budget Bytes for some ideas!!
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February 27th, 2012, 06:00 PM
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I plan to do some, too, but all I've been able to think of so far is spaghetti. lol

Roast
Marinated chicken
Maybe kabobs?

I definitely plan to stalk this thread (and some on Pinterest) for some ideas.
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February 27th, 2012, 06:23 PM
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Oh yeah I already freeze lots of stuff! I bought a cheat freezer a few years ago and it was so worth it!! I'll probably make veggie burgers, some soups, and plenty of baked goods since I'm a baker I'll have to think about it more when it gets closer...
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February 27th, 2012, 07:51 PM
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for sure. We are buying a freezer this month for that purpose. I am going to do lots of pre-made bread, cookie dough to thaw and cook real quick, same with Pizza dough. probably some lasagne, pre-cooked chicken, pies...hehe i am a little bit ambitious, but i know my best friend is coming for a visit in the weeks before, so I will recruit her into cooking and baking with me!
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February 28th, 2012, 04:55 AM
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I have been researching Pintrest for lots and lots of crock pot receipes. Hopefully I can get stocked up on some over a couple of weekends that DH works and isn't around to get in my hair
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February 28th, 2012, 05:43 AM
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I could also prep some stuff ahead of time to make chili (LOVE me some chili no matter what time of year!!)
I've frozen cooked chilli before. I put it in the pot where the base is smaller than a gallon ziplock and freeze it in the pot. Once frozen, I dump it out of the pot and place in a gallon ziplock. A day before I want to eat it I take it out of the freezer and put it in the pot in the fridge to thaw. Then I simmer it on the stove to make it nice and hot. If you simmer yours in a crock pot you could probably freeze in a gallon ziplock laid flat and then thaw in the fridge and pour into the crock pot.
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February 28th, 2012, 06:21 AM
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I always had the intentions of doing them for my previous two but never did. Maybe for this one I will have a few things but we typically end up getting a lot of take out since we have family that comes to help out.
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February 28th, 2012, 06:28 AM
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I make our own waffles so thats one thing I make and freeze. I make huge batches and put them into freezer bags. I love freezing made from scratch muffins too. I will definitely be doing some freezer cooking.
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February 28th, 2012, 01:54 PM
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I've frozen cooked chilli before. I put it in the pot where the base is smaller than a gallon ziplock and freeze it in the pot. Once frozen, I dump it out of the pot and place in a gallon ziplock. A day before I want to eat it I take it out of the freezer and put it in the pot in the fridge to thaw. Then I simmer it on the stove to make it nice and hot. If you simmer yours in a crock pot you could probably freeze in a gallon ziplock laid flat and then thaw in the fridge and pour into the crock pot.
IfI MAKE the chili, there is just NO WAY I could actually save enough of it to freeze!! LOL
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February 28th, 2012, 02:12 PM
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I haven't really thought that far ahead But here are some nice freezer meals
The Test Kitchen of Melissa Fallis: Freezer Cooking- Slow Cooker Meals!

Last time we just ordered out a lot. We live in the city so you can pretty much get anything here. My mom will be here for a month too, so she will probably help cook
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February 28th, 2012, 03:54 PM
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Well...I organize meals for different mamas in my DD's playgroup when they have babies...I am hoping someone will return the favor...

As for frozen meals, likely I will not make any as it will be HOT here in July and without central AC, I try not to turn on the oven very much...
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