The Freezer Cure Week 4: Saturday, February 28
Assignment: Cook a meal (or more!) to stash in the freezer for busy nights.
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Congratulations! You made it to the last task of The Kitchn's 2015 Freezer Cure. Are you feeling jazzed? Inspired? Way more excited about your freezer than you ever thought possible? You should be — you've cleaned, organized, and stocked it, and that is no small feat. We tip our hats to you.
Your freezer is probably looking pretty fierce right now, so to cap off this freezer frenzy, the only thing left to do is cook. Yes, that's right — today you're going to cook at least one meal to freeze. If you're not sure what to cook, or what meals are particularly freezer-friendly, you are in luck. We have ideas (oh, so many ideas) that we will gladly share with you. Let's finish this, shall we?
Freezer Cure Assignment Week 4
Estimated time: As much as you want!
1. Pick a few weeknight meal recipes to make and freeze.
The most important meal to get in your freezer is the one that'll feed and satisfy you on a busy weeknight. Busy weeknights are the hardest times to start a meal from scratch. After a long, hard work day — when you're exhausted, when the kids are starving, when the motivation to cook is at its lowest — the takeout menus come out. Unless you have a complete meal all ready to go in your freezer! Bam, dinner decided.
Not sure what to cook and freeze? Here's a little inspiration!
- 16 Recipes to Stock Your Freezer
- Cook Once, Eat Twice! 15 Dinner Recipes to Double and Freeze
- 10 Freezer Meals for Busy Weeknights
- 15 Vegetarian Freezer Meals for Easy Weeknight Dinners
- 5 Great Meals to Make Ahead and Freeze
- The 5 Best Types of Soup to Freeze
- 5 Simple Tips for Freezing Any Kind of Soup
- How My Freezer Replaces Canned Soups
- Tips for Making Fish Dishes Into Freezer Meals
- How To Make Stir-Fry Freezer Meals
- How I Make Burritos to Freeze
- How To Make Calzones (and Freeze Them For Later!
- How To Make and Freeze Individual Chicken Pot Pies
- Recipe: Freezer Taco Kits
Also, don't miss these posts → 4 Strategies to Make Your Favorite Recipes Freezer-Friendly and 10 Freezer Meal Plans from Real Home Cooks
2. An alternative idea: Assemble a frozen dinner kit!
In her post on frozen dinner kits, Jessica Fisher writes that we all do ourselves a disservice if we limit frozen meals to just lasagnas and casseroles. Instead, take all the components of your favorite meals — tacos, fajitas, stir-fries, pizza — and put them in one big zip-top freezer bag. This way "you’ll have everything all ready to go with one quick reach into the freezer," she writes.
Read the post → The Art and Craft of Frozen Dinner Kits
3. Pick a few non-dinner recipes to make and freeze.
Now that you have your weeknight dinner recipes picked out, you can move on to other meals! Some people find it really helpful to have a few breakfast foods, snacks, or desserts on hand in the freezer, as well as dinners. Here are a few to consider:
Freezer-Friendly Breakfast Recipes
- How To Make Freezer-Friendly Breakfast Sandwiches
- Recipe: Freezer-Friendly Spinach Feta Breakfast Wraps
- Freezer Recipe: Grown-Up Prosciutto & Cheddar Hot Pockets
- Recipe: Savory Breakfast Toaster Tarts
- Recipe: Overnight Yeasted Waffles
- Recipe: Spiced Carrot Oat Breakfast Cookies
Freezer-Friendly Snacks and Quick Lunches
- Recipe: Carrot Cake Power Bites
- Freezer Recipe: Three Sisters Empanadas
- Recipe: Shitake Mushroom and Tofu Potstickers
- Recipe: Crustless Mini Quiches
- Recipe: Spiced Lentil, Sweet Potato, and Kale Whole Wheat Pockets
- Recipe: Roasted Sweet Potato Wraps with Caramelized Onions and Pesto
Freezer-Friendly Baked Goods and Desserts
- The 10 Baked Goods I Love to Freeze
- How To Freeze Cinnamon Rolls and Bake Them Later
- Freezer-Friendly Scones: Freeze Unbaked Dough, Bake When Needed!
- For Convenience and a Better Crust: Freeze Unbaked Pies
- How To Freeze Cookie Dough
4. Start your power cooking session.
A power cooking session is when you make several batches of something at one time, and that's the final part of today's task. Now that you've picked a recipe (or more) to make and cook for your freezer, get to cooking! Double those recipes if you can so you have a few freezer meals you can rely on.
5. Or better yet, throw a freezer-meal-making party!
Don't want to cook for your freezer alone? Invite your friends over and make meals together! This week Faith shared how she threw a freezer-meal-making party with her family and friends and made 50 meals for under $300. Here's a look at her plan, menu, and all the tips, resources, and recipes that made it a super successful way to stock the freezer. Check it out and be inspired!
6. You've earned bragging rights, so go on and brag!
That's it! You did it. You successfully revamped and restocked your freezer, which means you have to show it to us. Take a photo of your freezer, then tell us the biggest changes you made to it, what meals you cooked, and how awesome you feel. We're right there with you!
We want to see your newly organized freezer! Post it to your Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, or Facebook account and use the hashtag #freezercure
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