I have put up several posts about freezer to crockpot meals and how to put up a month or more worth of meals at once. I have gotten a lot of questions about the right type of bags, and any other equipment that is needed. The truth is, you don’t need a whole lot, but the 7 items below come in pretty handy when freezing meals for use later, whether you do freezer to crockpot or just pre-made frozen meals.
Freezer Quart Bags – There are lots of freezer bags on the market but the
Ziploc brand is the best known and many freezer cooks swear by them. Quart bags
are great for single or double servings of soups or to use in freezer kits like
taco fixings and pizza toppings.
Freezer Gallon Bags – Gallon bags will likely get the most workout
in your freezer cooking routine. Everything from soups, stews, to slow cooker
casseroles can go into these bags. Stock up!
Cup Measuring Cup – Have a good measuring cup is essential for
dump and go freezer meals. Pyrex’s cup has metric and US measurements. Consider
getting 2; one to use for wet ingredients and one for dry while you’re cooking.
Freezer Labels – Lots of freezer bags
have a space that you can write what’s in the bag, but if you reuse your bags
this gets difficult. These freezer
labels stick easily to aluminum foil, freezer wrap,
plastic or glass. Peel them off when you’re done or place a new label over the
top to reuse them.
Slow Cooker Liners – Many
freezer meals are cooked in the slow cooker. These liners are amazing! Once
your meal is done just pick them up from the slow cooker and throw them away.
Nothing left to clean! They work especially well for sticky (cheese) and messy
(anything with BBQ sauce etc) foods.
Pre cut Square Wax Paper – it’s no
fun when everything sticks together. These precut wax paper squares will speed
up your prep time in the kitchen and keep things like pre-formed hamburgers,
pancakes, and waffles from sticking together after they freeze.
Casserole Pan– You can use disposable aluminum pans but if you are worried
about the taste or how they will hold up investing in a few good quality
freezer to oven pans makes sense. The Marinex brand can go from the freezer to
a 212F or less oven while preheating. You can of course thaw casseroles ahead
of time and put the warmer (not frozen) pan directly into the oven.
Do you have any go to supplies for freezer cooking?