In my opinion, one of the greatest inventions of all time is the humble freezer. For those of you blaming your lack of cooking skills on a lack of time, have you truly considered how your freezer could solve this issue? Spending your Sunday’s in the kitchen preparing a variety of one-dish meals for the upcoming week, or even month, can be quite therapeutic and rewarding. Doing it whilst pumping your favourite tunes can also make it fun! Dishes such as chilis, casseroles, soups and stews are all meals that can be kept in the freezer, to then simply defrost on those nights where you don’t have the time to cook from scratch. One of my favourite examples is making a big batch of chili, then over the week you can have it with a jacket potato, rice, or make nachos. That’s 3 easy and very different meals made from one batch of chili! Tips:
- If you’re going to make freezer meals, you’re going to need some containers. And whilst containers can be a little exxy, you need to look at them as an investment. So stock up on the containers!
- Label everything that you put in your freezer with what it is and the date.
- Whilst meals can be kept in the freezer for a very long time, the quality of the produce can deteriorate. Here is a guide for the lengths of time food should be kept in the freezer:
- Soups, stews and casseroles: 2-3 months
- Cooked meat 2-3 months
- Uncooked steaks, roasts or chops: 4-12 months
- Cooked poultry: 4 months
- Uncooked poultry: 9-12 months