Make some freezer meals such as this easy Layered Turkey Casserole recipe out of the leftovers to cook and enjoy for the cold winter days ahead!
Now that the Thanksgiving turkey has been carved and devoured by your family and guests, you’re probably wondering what to do with the leftover meat from the rest of the bird?
Do I Need a Full Freezer to Get Started with Freezer Cooking?
You don’t have to have a full freezer to get started with freezer cooking. As a matter of fact, you should want the freezer to have plenty of room for all of the yummy meals you will make ahead and freeze.
Take the time to create space in your freezer for the food you will prepare for the freezer by getting rid of food that is not good anymore, and moving things around to make space. To fully utilize the space, you can do some creative packaging of your food. Storing entrees flat, in zipper food storage bags and starting with an empty freezer compartment, even small freezers can hold at least two weeks’ worth of entrees. That’s a lot of food for the family and time saved for the cook.
It is a good idea to have items like frozen vegetables and ground beef on hand. You can also freeze items like vegetable or chicken broth. These are items that are often needs in meals anyway, so why not have some on hand.
Getting started with freezer meals is not about using food that is in your freezer. It is about saving you value time and money. The purpose of freezer cooking is to keep your from slaving over a stove everyday. It is all about being able to delegate the cooking responsibilities to the older children or your spouse, having time to do other things, and managing your home more efficiently.
You will use all the food in your house when it comes to freezer cooking. Canned food, grains, vegetables, soups, meat and many other ingredients are used. Freezer cooking is simply a method of cooking that is meant to help you manage your time better.
When you think of freezer cooking, think of a good way to help you stay organized and stick to menu planning. With freezer cooking you will want to sit down and make out a weekly plan so that what you have in the freezer does not go to waste. Freezer cooking is all about freeing up time for other things like playing with your children or reading a good book.
No, your freezer does not have to be full to get started with freezer cooking, but it will get full. It will get full with the meals you prepare ahead of time to help you stay on track with those things that really matter in life.
Layered Chicken or Turkey Casserole Recipe
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