Monday, February 1, 2016

Freezer Meals

Every two months, my husband's mom, grandma, and sisters get together to make a few dozen freezer meals.

The tradition started last summer, when one of my two brothers-in-law graduated, moved away, and started a job. As a bachelor, he quickly grew tired of the eggs, canned soup, and chicken quesadillas and requested some of Mom's home cooking.

We live several hours away from my in-laws, so I unfortunately can't participate in their freezer meal days, but they always send me pictures when they finish. Last week, they made a whopping 35 meals, including cheeseburger soup (click for our recipe), shepherd's pie (click for our recipe), ham/bean soup, and ham/cheese pasta casserole.

Mr. Handsome's mom and grandmother, along with two of his four sisters

39 comments:

  1. Anonymous2/01/2016

    I've thought about pre-making a bunch of meals and freezing them in the past, as it seems like it could save quite a bit of trouble when I'm in a hurry but I don't want fast food. This may be the inspiration that makes me actually do it! Kudos to your in-laws!

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  2. Anonymous2/01/2016

    So do they still use them for your brother in law or what else do they use them for?

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    1. They gave some of the meals to him and then kept some for themselves.

      Blessings,
      Ellie

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  3. Wow..that's impressive!! We usually freeze lasagne or cannelloni (do you know "cannelloni"?? Rolls of pasta filled with ham and cheese?? ). My mom also freezes basil leaves so we can have tasty tomato sauce even if we don't have fresh basil :)
    A big hug to all of you

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    1. Hi Marta,

      I have heard of cannelloni, but I haven't tried it. It sounds delicious!

      Thanks for reading!
      Ellie

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    2. Anonymous2/08/2016

      I love cannelloni too! My mama fills them with meat and makes a creamy sauce with carrots! That's delicious!

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  4. Anonymous2/01/2016

    It's beautiful to see how they love each other.

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  5. Anonymous2/01/2016

    That is super sweet of them :-) Do they give it all to him?
    And do you have an Instagram account? :-)

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    1. They gave some of the meals to him and put some in their own freezers. I have an Instagram account, but I don't use it. :)

      Ellie

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    2. Anonymous2/02/2016

      Oh, that's too bad!!! I'd love to see more pictures of you and Mr. Handsome on Instagram! Please let us know if this changes. :-)

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    3. Anonymous2/02/2016

      OK thanks ;)

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  6. Anonymous2/01/2016

    Did she do this for Me Handsome too? What did he eat during his first and later college years? Also does she bake the shepherds pie or freeze it before it goes into the oven? Your in-law family has done a whole lot of cooking, I am impressed how much they pre prepared! Thanks for the post.

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    1. Hi there,

      She made some freezer meals for Mr. Handsome, but his culinary skills are much more advanced than his brothers', and he is a quick learner. He ate a lot of burgers and chicken during his college years, but he also enjoyed experimenting with other foods from time to time.

      Most of their freezer meals still have to be cooked when they come out of the freezer.

      Blessings,
      Ellie

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  7. Anonymous2/01/2016

    Wow that is so cool! My mom does almost the same thing but she does it once a week and make 3 meals. Thank you for you blog! I love how often you post. And I love the pictures of you and your husband...you are so beautiful, inside and out.

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    1. Thank you for your kind words! I'm glad to have you as a reader.

      Ellie

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  8. Anonymous2/02/2016

    Oh, I love doing freezer meals! They help in such a pinch and making from scratch eliminates a lot of the icky ingredients. It's a long day (and don't get me started on the dishes) but it's totally worth it.

    I wish I could have more of a freezer stash but my husband and I are just renting an apartment right now so it doesn't make sense to get a chest freezer (there's literally NO place for it).

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    1. I know exactly how you feel. We also only have a small freezer. I look forward to the day when we will have room for a chest freezer. :)

      Ellie

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  9. Anonymous2/02/2016

    The brother-in-laws don't know how to cook anything else? lol

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    1. It's a combination of lack of time and lack of culinary skills. Let's just say that they have really learned to appreciate their mother's cooking! Haha.

      Ellie

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  10. Anonymous2/02/2016

    Do you do anything like this at your place for your menu planning? I bought a soup mix of variuos dry legumes and barley at a dollar type store. I think planning ahead with some inexpensive and non perishable meals that can store on a shelf is something I want to do more of. This is great but this guy who relies on his mom should at least learn a bit of food preparation and preplanning and pre preparing for himself don't you think? I bought my son a slow cooker crock pot. I think he used it a couple of times. Ok I admit that you won't be serving Mr Handsome legumes much!

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    1. I try to keep a few non-perishable meals around, although mine are macaroni and cheese, canned tuna, and plain brown rice. Definitely not as healthy as legumes and barley! You're correct that my husband wouldn't be a huge fan of legumes and barley. :)

      Ellie

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  11. Anonymous2/02/2016

    http://www.budget101.com/frugal/soup-mixes-200/

    What do you think of this?

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    1. Neat idea! Thanks for sharing!

      Ellie

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  12. Anonymous2/02/2016

    Do you also make freezer meals ahead of the time?

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    1. Every once in a while I'll freeze leftovers, but our tiny freezer can't hold much.

      Blessings,
      Ellie

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  13. Anonymous2/02/2016

    Wow!

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  14. Anonymous2/02/2016

    I really appreciate this story. The ladies have shown what can be done that they do do. Why don't I think like that? This is a good idea they and you showed me here. Thanks.

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    1. My pleasure! Glad you enjoyed it!

      Ellie

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  15. Anonymous2/02/2016

    Surely your mother in law should be teaching your brother in law how to cook. You shouldn't leave the ability to nourish yourself in someone else's hands. And it's slightly sexist to say that as a bachelor he can't cook and should wait for a wife to do it for him.

    Great blog though :)

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    1. Hi there,

      My mother-in-law has attempted to teach her two unmarried sons how to cook, but they haven't been too interested in learning. However, I have no doubt that they have enough culinary skills for basic survival. :)

      Mr. Handsome, on the other hand, can cook a number of meals, and he is always up for learning something new.

      I'm glad you're enjoying my blog!
      Ellie

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  16. Anonymous2/02/2016

    Hi Ellie,

    What is your favorite cuisine?

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  17. Anonymous2/03/2016

    Why can't those boys learn to cook for themselves? It's not a woman's job to cook. They need to learn.

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  18. Anonymous2/03/2016

    Great three generations picture, the youngest girl looks like the beautiful Grandma! And they all are not just sitting around looking pretty.

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    1. Thank you! Should have had Anne put her little girl in there to make it four generations. :)

      Ellie

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  19. I've made some freezer meals before and love the ease of them! I'm currently pregnant with our first child (a boy) and am due in 13 weeks. I plan to make a big batch of freezer meals like in your picture to make it easier during the recovery/adjustment period.

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  20. Anonymous2/04/2016

    I have been happily married for almost 9 years, but I have to say if I were looking for a husband, a man whose mum does he's cooking/cleaning would be a big disappontment.

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  21. Anonymous2/05/2016

    Ellie, how do they freeze them? It looks like some are in freezer bags, and others in foil pans? Thanks, and am enjoying your blog.

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    1. Hi there,

      Most of the meals are in foil pans covered with a few layers of plastic wrap or foil, but some are in plastic freezer bags.

      Thanks for reading!
      Ellie

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    2. Anonymous2/10/2016

      Thanks, Ellie!

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