I daydream about having a giant deep freezer to fill with harvest-time bounty and made-ahead meals for babysitter nights. The reality is that my freezer is the size of an accordion and is carefully jammed full with a menagerie of odds and ends: just enough frozen fruit for smoothies, a couple of random meats (goat cubes! a rabbit!), no more than one container of homemade ice cream at a time, and two mini ice cube trays. The door holds some leaf lard for pies, a few bags of nuts, a few sacks of grains, and the occasional bag of peas for boo-boos.
This doesn't mean I'm a stranger to cooking for freezers; a person in my age-group knows all too well the midlife cycle of births, deaths, and moves. Having babies, moving house, and nursing aging parents and all prime-time opportunities for homemade frozen meals and a new book called The Foolproof Freezer Cookbook will help you think outside the chicken soup, pesto, and lasagna box. More