As the weeks roll by, coming home, planning and cooking dinner can be quite an effort. However, if you take a couple of hours from your Sunday afternoon and cook meals you can freeze, your week is going to be a lot easier. Whether it be the full meal you decide to freeze or elements of the dish – such as freezing some mince meat, meaning all you need to do is cook the pasta when you are ready to eat the mince.
Overall, meal freezing is a fantastic time saver, makes food last longer and is a great way to save the leftovers. See the points below for tips to master the art of meal freezing.
What you need to know when meal freezing
- Freeze in single or multiple servings; in plastic tubs, foil and zip lock bags.
- If you are freezing a dish like lasagne, cut up into serving sizes and place in individual containers or zip lock bags. This makes it easier to defrost and there’s no need to defrost the whole lasagne, you can defrost what you need each time.
- Date and label your meals, to make it easier for yourself when choosing what to defrost.
- Allow your food to cool before freezing – aim to get your dish into the freezer two hours after cooking.
- Spacing items out in the freezer will help them to freeze quicker.
- Ensure you defrost your food thoroughly before cooking or reheating.
- When reheating or cooking a product from frozen, make sure you add about 20 to 30 minutes to the cooking time and make sure it’s piping hot all the way through before serving.
- You can also freeze cakes, brownies and breads. Ensure your cake is at room temperature before freezing. Then, wrap the whole cake or individual pieces in cling wrap.
Meals you can freeze
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