My favourite season is fall but winter also lures me with the promise of hot and hearty stews and chili. To save on time and energy I make a big pot of stew, chili, soup, etc and then freeze some and have some as leftovers for lunch or dinner. For instance last night I made a gumbo, put some in the freezer and will have the rest for lunch this week. Sure beats having another sandwich or buying a lunch everyday. This way I don’t heat up the stove every night which saves on the electricity bill plus I have more time in the evenings for other things … like writing this post!
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I did just that this weekend – I’ve got 50+ burritos plus egg sandwiches in my freezer, and I’m going to make more today!
It saves so much time!
Awesome! Now I’ve never frozen egg sandwiches before. Do you microwave them to warm them up or eat them as soon as they’re thawed?
It sure was!
We do this too. In fact we have a freezer dedicated to meals that we have cooked previously that we can use for lunches at work or quick dinners. It saves a ton of time and we are never tempted to eat out.
wow a whole freezer! do you freeze your meals in tupperware or glass containers or …? I have not tried glass yet as I am afraid it might break.
Dedicated eh? That is an interesting idea. Just need to label everything well!
This is something I need to get better at myself. We’re guilty of letting left-overs go to waste too often. Also, we have limited freezer space, so buying a chest freezer for the basement may be in order.
We have a chest freezer but haven’t plugged it in our new house. As we do more bulk cooking we’ll get it fired up again.
The glass Mason jar are really good to store the bulk food. We use them for pasta sauce.
We have a canning kit too!
I’m a big fan of cook more, eat later approach!
My husband turned vegetarian last November, I’m intolerant to grains/beans/lentils and my daughter is allergic to dairy and seems hypoglycemic like me as well. So, freezer and bulk-cooking have become my biggest friends!
Packing lunch is much better with having cooked sausages (cut up in small bite sized pieces), kid sized meat balls, roasted chicken cut into cubes, etc..
How do you find having meat prepared when your husband doesn’t eat it? What kinds of vegetarian dishes can you cook in bulk and freeze?
Hi Kay, wow I have never heard of being intolerant to beans and lentils, that must be hard. What are your favourite dishes to make for your family?