Originally Posted by kittylover4ever
Now you are the leftover Queen!!!
haha! I could very well be! LOL
I've always batch froze things because my mother used to. But I learned how to streamline freezing when I bought the book "What Have You Got To Lose" by Jenny Craig. It's big on good food made with everyday type ingredients, and it teaches you to portion out your servings.
It's really great because it literally gave me a list of food items to buy for 1 week, told me what to cook in advance and freeze, and told me what to eat each day and how much. Each day I cooked something fresh for 4 people, and had one serving and froze 3 servings. Then it did the same thing for a second week.
I enjoyed the food on it so much that I just kept on making the same recipes (lemon chicken, orange chicken, beef stir fry, stuffed pasta shells, soft tacos, tai chicken, meat loaf, poached salmon, lamb and so much more). I have something different every single day for 2 weeks, and then repeat the process again. Only the next 2 weeks I'm not cooking because it's already in my freezer. And during that next 2 weeks I only have to buy things like milk, fresh produce and fresh fruit.
For each 2 weeks I follow from scratch (cooking and freezing), I end up with entrees in the freezer for 6 more weeks. It's not only healthy, but once you get it going, you find your shopping expenses greatly reduced because you aren't having to always buy things for entrees.
I'm always pre-cooking though, so I don't let my freezer completely empty out. When I get down to 2 weeks of entrees in the freezer, I start cooking again. Sometimes the same things, other times different items. Either way I cook for 4 and freeze 3 portions for future weeks.