This article will show you how to prepare yourself for making and storing several freezer meals. This will save a lot of hassle and backache vs waking up one morning and deciding to make Freezer Meals that afternoon.
This article is step 2, if you have not chosen your recipes yet – click here.
Making freezer meals can be a lot of fun (the most fun is the stocked freezer and enjoying all your hard work!) but they also require a lot of prep work. So if you chose the same recipes that I created (in any of the three categories, Crockpot, Casserole, or Soups), then feel free to use my PDF’s included. They lists have been separated out as follows.
Otherwise, to create your Grocery List:
- The first step is to print every recipe you chose.
- What I did is write all the ingredients needed for my first recipe (Chili) and then add to the list for the next soup. As ingredients began to duplicate, I would add little marks beside it. For example: Onion *****. would mean 5 onions!
- To shop frugally for your ingredients, you must look at the flyers. For example, I bought a 10lb bag of carrots on sale in the fall months for $1.67. Same with the onions and potatoes. Different meats ALWAYS go on sale every week. I bought both chicken & ground beef at half price.
- Now, put checkmarks beside the items you already have in your fridge or pantry. Many of these spices or condiments are common place. If it is going to use up your reserve of that ‘common’ item, by golly, please buy more!
- Go shopping! NOTE: We shop at a Discount grocery store chain that accepts other stores pricing (Price Match), as well as coupons. Consider saving yourself the fee of bag packers, fancy marketing and pretty store shelves – and shop discount Grocery stores. Prices are consistently lower for the same product!
So tomorrow I will be back with prepping your ingredients and creating the meals for Soups!