There is a great deal of satisfaction as a blogger when there is an overwhelming response and interest on a subject from my blog. This happened recently with the post “Money Saver, Life Saver, Food Saver”. In response to Bethany, who is dusting off her food saver and trying some new ideas for filling her freezer, she asked me for ideas for building up her freezer reserve. So, this post will focus on ideas and tips for Creating Convenience Foods that are freezer friendly and quick to rewarm to feed your family.
Creating Convenience Foods
Here are just a few of the items that I have made for my freezer reserve for our family and for clients:
1. Individual or Family Size Chicken Pot Pies
- Creating Convenience Foods: Chicken Pot Pie
2. Individual or family size Beef Mushroom Pot Pies
- Creating Convenience Foods: Individual Pot Pies in reheatable containers
3. Seasoned meat (in meal size packets): I use this base mixture for tacos and taco salad, lasagnas, hamburger soup, chili, Aussie hand Pies, etc.
- Aussie Pies ready to bake or freeze
4. Marinara Sauce
5. Spaghetti sauce, with or without meat
7. Bean Salad
8. Cooked Pasta or rice
9. Individual Shepherd’s or Cottage Pie
- Creating Convenience Foods: Individual Shepherd’s Pies
10. Individual desserts (sticky toffee puddings)
11. Portioned sized packages of thinly sliced beef, pork, turkey or chicken, ready for stir-fry, etc.
- Creating Convenience Foods: Pre-cutting stir-fry meat packages | urbnspice.com
12. Breakfast Pockets or Breakfast Bars, packaged and ready to place into lunch bags.
Creating Convenience Foods: Breakfast Pockets ready for the freezer reserve
And, I am a bit of a geek when it comes to labelling my packages, so this sheet of labels below is what I typically create for the tops of the convenience food packages. The labels are clearly titled, with ingredients and dietary needs. (I had quite a few gluten-free clients). There is nothing worse than pulling a mystery package out of the freezer when everyone is starving.
I have had great success in creating convenience foods for the freezer, and it certainly provides an easy option after a busy day at work when someone asks the question, “What’s for Dinner?”
If you would like the recipes for the items listed above, let me know and I will put in on my Blog Ideas list.
For further information, please see Part One of this post: Money Saver – Life Saver – Food Saver
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