Guess what I’m planning to do after the birth of my fifth baby? I’m planning to stay in bed for an entire week! Yup! That time is so crucial, and I know from experience how overwhelmed and unhappy I feel if I try to do too much too soon. When I was pregnant with my third baby I had a big freezer cooking session before he was born. I loved preparing freezer meals before his birth. I was on my game and in prep mode. I knew my husband was deploying right before my baby was due, and I wanted to be prepared! With my fourth baby, I was too excited that my husband would get to stay home with me for two whole weeks. I didn’t think about making meal time easier on him! This time around, I want to make things easier on hubs so he isn’t dashing out the door for fast food or relying on pre-made frozen lasagna, so we are planning another freezer cooking session.
The very first step in getting ready for that freezer cooking session, is gathering the supplies! Here’s what’s on my list. Of course, I already have many of these items, and you probably do, too, but just in case you don’t here are my favorites!
Foil pans – There’s all kinds of sizes! These are great for freezing casseroles and lasanga. I prefer to get the pans that come with lids already.
Freezer Bags are a must! I love using freezer bags for soups and stews. They are also great for storing chopped fruits and vegetables. Make sure you get heavy duty bags designed for the freezer.
Freezer containers are useful. These are also useful to have. You can freeze almost anything in them!
Heavy Duty Aluminum foil, parchment paper, and plastic wrap. Aluminum foil is awesome for wrapping up your freezer meals to ensure extra protection against freezer burn. I always wrap my freezer breakfast sandwiches up. Parchment paper is useful when you freeze items like pancakes or quesadillas. Put a piece between each item, or they will all stick together. I also like to use plastic wrap to wrap up my items and prevent freezer burn.
Cookie sheets are so useful for not only baking your food, but also for freezing! You can flash freeze a variety of items on a cookie sheet, and then transfer those items to a ziploc bag. They won’t stick together if you do it that way!
Stock pot. This is the stock pot I have and I love it. Cook up a big batch of soup or stew in this thing, let it cool, and then store in a freezer container of your choice!
Measuring cups and spoons. You will use these for your recipes!
Permanent Markers. You will need these to label all of your freezer foods. Also be sure to put any special instructions on the container, too.
A slow cooker is a must! Use your slow cooker to make a big batch of beans, let cool, and then transfer to freezer containers.
Kitchen Tools. Yay for Pioneer Woman kitchen tools!
I love The Pioneer Woman’s stuff! You will need a good set of knives on freezer cooking day!
A cutting board. You don’t want to cut up your counter.
I love my Ninja for all kinds of things. I can use it as a food processor, a blender, or a dough mixer! Psst. This is a really good price for this system. The single serve cups are perfect for making smoothies!
You’re going to need some mixing bowls! I use my mixing bowls for almost every recipe. I enjoy using bowls that also have a spout for easy pouring.
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