One of the things that helps us while I am busy with classes is having food prepped and meals ready in the freezer. We don’t have the freezer space to do a lot, so I usually work on freezing vegetables and meat so that creating meals takes significantly less time.
Here is a list of our favorite FREEZER MEAL PREP IDEAS:
1. cookie dough–make your favorite cookie recipe, scoop the dough onto a cookie sheet (like below), place dough into the freezer for 30 min – 1 hour, and once hard place balls of dough in a freezer bag. When you are ready for cookies just pull out as many as you want, preheat the oven, and bake like normal. The few minutes it takes for the oven to preheat thaws the dough to just the right temperature.
Note: We have one oatmeal cookie recipe that doesn’t freeze well. The dough gets flaky and doesn’t spread out well in the oven. If that happens to use, try another recipe.
2. hamburger patties–this has been a life saver so many times! Buy a large pack of beef, shape the beef into patties, you can go ahead and season them now or later, place patties in a freezer bag, and freeze. It works best to put the patties in the fridge to thaw the night before you cook/grill.
3. Homemade Hamburger Buns–bake the buns following the recipe. Once the buns are cool you can place them in a freezer bag and into the freezer. When you are ready for a bun, just pull one out, wrap in a towel, and microwave for 30 seconds. If you are not going to be eating the buns for a while (more than a month or two) you can wrap each one in plastic wrap to help prevent freezer burn.