No time to cook when you finally get home after a day out? Are you always getting into a debate as to what’s for dinner and the amount of time needed to prepare it? Or are you wary of the significant costs of getting takeout meals every single time?

Well, if any of the above apply to you, then perhaps it’s time for you to finally discover the magic of make ahead freezer meals.

Let’s not mince words: We live in a fast-paced world where time is of the essence. And that kind of urgency may sometimes affect the way we eat, compromising quality and even nutrition. So put those takeout menus down and opt for a homemade delicious dinner.

All you need is a good meal plan, half a day or an entire day to cook and you’re set for the entire month!

Make ahead freezer meals are great for:

  • The elderly or the injured and cannot cook.
  • Those who have hectic lives and don’t always have time to cook a nice meal.
  • People who eat at fast food joints a lot but crave for better healthy meals quick.
  • And let’s be real…pretty much everyone else out there

So what can be frozen and what can’t be?

There are a few food items that don’t freeze well. These are lettuce, cucumbers, bean sprouts, and raw potatoes what will turn soppy when thawed.

Hard boiled eggs will go rubbery so avoid freezing those Egg based sauces such as mayonnaise will separate and curdle when thawed. And numerous dairy products such as cream, yogurt, cream cheese, sour cream and cottage cheese will at times go soggy when thawed. Other than those main food items, you should be able to have your choice of items to freeze and have your meal turn out just fine.

What containers are good to use for easy freezer meals?

Gallon or quart sized plastic or re-usable freezer safe bags
Just make sure and get out as much air from it as possible by squishing the food around and flattening the bag. Seal it tightly to avoid any spills or freezer burn as well.

Aluminum foil pans or your own baking dishes
You can get these at the cheap at dollar stores, which offer these for three to the dollar. You can also purchase the smaller sized ones. Also ask your local restaurant supply stores where you can get multiple containers as well. You could also use your own glass or metal pans, but you want to make sure you have enough of them before you get started.

Plastic Tupperware or other plastic containers with sealed lids
These can take up a lot of precious space in the freezer so plan accordingly when using them.