15 Freezer-Friendly Dinners
My family likes to tease me about my affection for the freezer. Any hint that food will go uneaten, whether it’s a bowl of soup or scrap of pizza is likely to elicit a “you know you can freeze that” comment from my corner of the kitchen. I’m also the first one to pull my prize from the depths of the deep freeze when someone complains that there’s nothing to eat. It’s with this spirit in mind that I’ve curated 15 freezer-friendly dinners. Either freeze what you have leftover or make a double batch of any one of these recipes and freeze the second one for another day. You will minimize food waste and your future self will thank you.
Before you get started stocking your freezer, here are a few pointers to keep in mind.
- For most dishes, I recommend food cool to room temperature before packaging up for the freezer.
- Do your best to minimize air in freezer containers. If using a freezer bag, for example, press out the air before sealing.
- Food expands as it freezes, so don’t fill containers to the very top.
- You might like this method for an efficient way to freeze your food.
- Consider saving leftover glass jars (such as big pasta sauce jars), since they are an eco-friendly way to store soups and sauces.
- Label your food. You think you’ll remember what’s in that jar, but three months from now you might not.
- Casseroles and pizza can go straight from freezer to oven. Dishes, such as soups and stews are good to leave in the fridge overnight before reheating on the stove the next day.