I’ve been asked a couple of questions about how to freeze, what I containers I use to freeze, do I bake first and then freeze?, freeze and then bake? Well, I figured instead of updating each and every Freezer Meals for Matt entry, I’d clarify a few things 🙂
Bake First then Freeze:
For majority of the meals I make for my husband I bake it first, allow to cool and then place into freezer containers. He’s living out of a hotel and therefore only has access to a microwave. He’ll grab meals for the week when he’s home on the weekend, and once he arrives back at his hotel, he thaws everything and just heats it when he’s ready to eat.
Depending on what you are using these meals for, you can do what works best for you. Matt has said they all heat up well and taste good. However, if you’d rather have a ‘fresh out of the oven’ meal, prepare the meal as stated, skip the oven part, and place into freezer containers. When you’re ready for the meal, start at the oven step 🙂
What containers do you use?
Because I have to put them into individual serving sizes for Matt I use the following:
Glad FreezerWare Small: 3 C/24 oz., I usually fill them about 2/3 of the way, sometimes 1/2, they are a little bigger than needed but the size down is too small.
Glad LockWare Small: 2 C/16 oz., these are the perfect size for the meals and they stack really well in the freezer.
Glad Mini Round: 1/2 C./4 oz., I use these for when I make shredded chicken for sandwiches, Matt’s said that these are a great portion size for buns 🙂
If you are making it for family dishes, I would recommend:
**I’m not promoting Glad, just giving you an idea of sizes and things 🙂 Majority of what I use is either Glad or Ziplock, sometimes the Target brand (however, I did notice that they aren’t a very good quality and tend not to wash as well…).
Please feel free to let me know if you’ve noticed something that works best for you when it comes to Freezer Meals! This is just what I do, because of needing to do individual servings and Matt only having a microwave 🙂
Hope this helps, Happy Freezing! 🙂