Freezer Cooking Ideas

I have many recipes on this blog that are freezer friendly. If you think that freezer cooking is limited to a bunch of casseroles, you’ll be happy to see that there are so many different types of foods that you can freeze. Here’s a handy list. Plus a few others.

Cheesy Egg Puffs:

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Freeze in a ziptop bag or a sealed container. Microwave for a few minutes, until warmed through; no need to defrost.

Buttermilk Pancakes:

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Make an extra batch next time you make pancakes. They freeze perfectly. Pop a frozen pancake into the toaster until warmed through. Waffles are the same way. Store them in a ziptop bag or sealed container.

English Muffins:

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Freeze in a ziptop bag or a sealed container. Defrost and toast.

Rice:

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It’s so easy to make a double portion of rice. Freeze in a ziptop bag or a sealed container. Defrost.

You can simply heat it up in a skillet with a bit of butter, or add some sauteed onions, garlic and fresh herbs to brighten it up.

How about making fried rice? You can also add it to meatballs, Cabbage Rolls, or even soup.

Flavored Butter:

By making the flavored butter ahead of time and freezing it, Garlic Bread or Chicken Kotleti Po- Kievski will be a cinch to make.

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Creamy Tomato Soup:

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Freeze in a ziptop bag or a sealed container. I like to use my quart sized take out containers; I use them for all soups. Defrost, reheat in a pot.

 Tomato Meatball Soup:

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Freeze in a sealed container; defrost. Undercook the ditalini pasta, otherwise it will be mushy when you reheat the soup. Reheat in a pot.

 NOTE: Do NOT freeze soups that have potatoes in them. The potatoes become very mealy and mushy.

Elegant Chicken and Rice Dinner:

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Do all the prep ahead of time, and store the sealed pan in the freezer. Defrost and follow the rest of the instructions in the recipe. I have more in-depth details on how to freeze in the post.

Beef Stroganoff or Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff:

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Prepare the meal, and store in a sealed container in the freezer. Defrost and reheat in a pot on the stove.

Tender chicken patties:

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Combine all the ingredients for the meat mixture. Store in a ziptop bag or a sealed container. Defrost and then cook up the patties.

Lazy Cabbage Rolls or Cabbage Rolls:

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Cook the cabbage rolls, freeze in a sealed container. Defrost. Reheat in a pot or a skillet.

Pelmeni, Vareniki, Ravioli:

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These are one of the most wonderful freezer foods. Make the pelmeni, place them in a single layer on a well floured chopping board and freeze until they are rock hard and then store in a ziptop bag. Do the same with vareniki, ravioli, potstickers, wontons, etc. Bring a pot of water to a boil and throw in the frozen filled pasta into the water. Cook for about 5 minutes.

Honey Garlic Glazed Meatballs:

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Bake the meatballs. Freeze in a single layer and then store in a ziptop bag or a sealed contained. Defrost and then make the sauce and add the defrosted meatballs to the sauce, cooking until heated through. You can do this with most meatballs.

Be creative and serve the meatballs with a variety of different sauces: Tomato Sauce, creamy sauce, such as for Swiss Meatballs, Alfredo, Barbecue Sauce, etc.

Chicken Kotleti:

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You can freeze the mixed meat mixture and then defrost and cook it up OR freeze the cooked kotleti in a single layer until frozen solid. Freeze in a ziptop bag or a sealed container. Defrost and heat up in a skillet or a pot, adding a bit of water or broth to give it some steam.

NOTE: Pasta dishes freeze well, but you need to under cook the pasta by several minutes, or it will be mushy.

 

 

Chicken Riggies:

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When cooking this meal for the freezer, undercook the pasta and add more liquid/sauce than you need. Freeze this meal in a sealed container. Defrost. Reheat in a pot or a skillet.

Beef Goulash:

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Freeze the cooked meal in a sealed container or ziptop bag. Defrost. Reheat in a pot or skillet.

Pulled Pork:

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Awesome to freeze. Prepare the pork and freeze in a ziptop bag or a sealed container. Defrost and use in other dishes or heat up for Pulled Pork Sandwiches. I always cook a huge chunk of meat and then make many different things with it: Savory Crepes With Meat Filling and one of our favorites, Makaroni Po Flotski.

French Style Stuffed Chicken Breasts:

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I have a detailed description in the post about how to prepare this meal for the freezer.

This is one of those meals that allows you to do most of the hard work ahead of time and cook it up quickly. You’ll never guess this meal came out of the freezer.

Pizza Dough, Calzone Dough, etc.

You can make so many things with pizza dough, and it freezes really well. Unthaw the dough and start your creations.

Sweets:

You can freeze a lot of different cookie doughs. Any time you feel a craving for something sweet, take out the dough, defrost and the cookies will be ready in no time. Pecan Tassies dough, Rugelach dough, Gusinie Lapki dough, chocolate chip cookies, monster cookies, Raisin Cookies.

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Muffins, breads and coffeecakes freeze very well too, such as Blueberry Coffee Cake Muffins, Banana Bread and Banana Coffeecake. Store in a sealed container and then defrost. You can even put it in the oven or the microwave for a few minutes to warm it up and then it will really taste fresh.

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I haven’t tried freezing too many pastries or cakes, but I’ve frozen Snicker Cookie Bars with great success, Chocolate Salami and Pryaniki I always freeze too.

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Let’s not forget the many possibilities of frozen puff pastry – Fruit Puff Pastry Napoleons and Cheese Filled Puff Pastries. I’m sure most of you have many yummy recipes with puff pastry.

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 What are some of your favorite Freezer Cooking recipes?

 

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  1. natasha says

    Olya, this is such a timely post. I will be away for two weeks and was trying to come up with freezer friendly dinners to leave for my husband. I was even going to comment on your beef goulash again to ask if its freezer-friendly. Now I have tons of ideas, thanks so much!!

  2. Oksana Babich says

    What a great list of ideas! I didn’t even know some of these things could be frozen! How exciting! Thank you :)

  3. Lilia says

    Olichka thank you so much for this wonderful list of freezer cooking ideas. I used to be able to do more of this when my kids were smaller and didn’t take up so much time. But this is wonderful for the days I work (work 12 hr shifts) and my husband is busy and can’t cook for them. I used to take a whole day and make up extra batches of pelmeni. This gives me more ideas and I want to try them all.

    • says

      You’re welcome, Lilia!
      I’m so glad you found this useful. I really like making some meals ahead of time. It’s especially handy after a 12 hr night shift:). Enjoy. I’m going to be restocking my pelmeni this week too.

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