You spent some extra time making a few extra meals. Make sure you complete the process so you will be able to find and enjoy your freezer meals later. Here are some tips.
1. Labeling – You can either write the name of the meal, baking instructions and date on the meal wrapping itself or you can just write the name and date and then make up a card for the instructions and store that in your kitchen. You can use freezer tape, grease pencil or permanent marker. My favorite label is freezer tape. It’s cheap, holds up well and is easy to write on.
2. Keeping Track of Frozen Meals – There are basically 3 different methods you can use to keep track of your meals. First you can use the “dig and find” method. I don’t recommend it, but it’s available. Basically you just store the meals in the freezer thinking that you will remember what you have in there only to find yourself digging around later trying to figure out what you have frozen.
Secondly, you can make a list and put it on your freezer. They when you make a freezer meal you write it down on the list and cross it off when you take it out.
My favorite option is to make a card with the name of the meal with baking instructions on it. These cards can then be reused when you make that meal again. Before you put the meal in the freezer you put the card in an envelope in your kitchen marked “Meals in the Freezer.” This keeps your freezer door less cluttered and keeps you from having to write the baking instructions on each freezer meal.
Choose the labeling and tracking system you like the best. It will keep you motivated to keep freezing meals when you can find what you need and you don’t have to dig through all your cookbooks to find out how to heat the frozen meal.
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