The Ultimate Freezer Cooking Collection of Recipes and Tips

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Want the 411 on freezer cooking and how to prepare food in advance and enjoy it later? It’s all right here.

The Ultimate Freezer Cooking Collection of Recipes and Tips - Everything you need to know about freezer cooking is right here.

I started freezer cooking, that is cooking food in bulk and stashing it in the freezer to enjoy later, about 18 years ago. I was pregnant with our first child. My friend, Jessika, and I teamed up to cook 40 meals that we split between us two young married couples. The freezer was full at both our houses and I could put my very swollen feet up for the remainder of my pregnancy.

The Ultimate Freezer Cooking Collection of Recipes and Tips - Everything you need to know about freezer cooking is right here.I continued the practice off and on over the years as time and budget allowed. Back in 2010 and 2011, I wrote a book, Not Your Mother’s Make-Ahead and Freeze Cookbook that was released a little over a year ago. It continues to move itself off bookstore shelves and into home kitchens. That still tickles and amazes me.

If you’ve purchased one, thank you! If you haven’t, what are you waiting for?

There’s also a Kindle edition. It’s not as convenient to flip through as the paperback version, but it’s nice to cart into the grocery store on your phone. I bought a copy. So did my sister.

Since the book’s publication, I’ve created more freezer cooking recipes, developed some more bulk cooking tricks, and tested more free printable freezer cooking plans. I figured it was time to gather all that info in one convenient little post. (This would be it.)

Here you’ll find almost everything you need to know about freezer cooking tips and strategies, freezer-friendly recipes, other freezer cooking resources, and grab those free printable freezer cooking plans.

The Ultimate Freezer Cooking Collection of Recipes and Tips - Everything you need to know about freezer cooking is right here.

Why Freezer Cooking?

How do you start?

Planning Tips

Freezer Cooking FAQ

Freezer Cooking Cheats

Special Situations

Seasonal Freezer Cooking Tips

What can you freeze?

The Ultimate Freezer Cooking Collection of Recipes and Tips - Everything you need to know about freezer cooking is right here.

Breakfast & Smoothie Recipes:

Egg Dishes:

Bread, Muffin, Scone, and Roll Recipes:

Beef Recipes:

Poultry & Seafood Recipes:

Pork & Sausage Recipes:

Meatless Recipes:

Soups and Stews:

Side Dishes & Sauces:

Spice Mixes, Marinades, and Butters

Pizza Recipes:

Dessert Recipes:

The Ultimate Freezer Cooking Collection of Recipes and Tips - Everything you need to know about freezer cooking is right here.

The Ultimate Freezer Cooking Collection of Recipes and Tips - Everything you need to know about freezer cooking is right here.

Breakfast & Snack Plans:

Lunch & Dinner Plans:

Protein-Based Plans:

Dessert Plans:

  • Holiday Baking – a plethora of cookies and quick breads as well as a Pretzel Berry Cheesecake

Obviously, a post of this magnitude may have an error or two. I’ve tried to vet the links as diligently as possible to make sure they are valuable and go to the right post. If you find a mistake, kindly send me an email at jessica at and I’ll get it fixed right away.

Thanks. Now go get cooking!

About Jessica Fisher

I believe anyone can prepare delicious meals—no matter their budget.

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  1. Jessie says

    I love this post! I also had a money saving tip that has helped me. Instead of buying multiple glass/metal casseroles (up front cost, takes up room in my cupboards when not in use) or foil pans, I line my casseroles with foil. Then I freeze them and the next day I can pop them out and put them in freezer bags! Granted, this doesn’t work with 9×13, but I usually separate them out into two 8″ squares for easy freezer storage.

  2. Paula says

    Thank you so much for this. I have not yet started freezer cooking but it one of my ‘goals’ for 2014. And this is an excellent post that I will come back to over and over and over!

  3. Sue R. says

    This is amazing! Thank you so much. I am printing and putting the recipes in my binder, which sits right next to your cookbook!

  4. Wow! Thank you for putting all of these links in one post – it must have taken you forever!

    • Janel and I did it together, but it did take a long time. Let me know if you find an error.

  5. Elaine says

    Thank you for this great resource! I appreciate your work and enjoy your blogs so much!

  6. Janet says

    I may be missing something but is there a way to buy this? I see there is a place to buy the other book but not this

    • This isn’t a book. This is just a handy reference for the writing I’ve done online about the topic.

  7. Jenni says

    This page is SO getting bookmarked!!!

  8. Colleen says

    Thank you! I bought your book and LOVE it and now this – all it one place! You are the best! I have learned so much from you!

  9. Kelley says

    Holy Moly!! Thank you so much for the time, effort and love put into to this AMAZING post!! It will be well used!!!

  10. Lisa says

    Oh. My. Word. Totally bookmarking this. And pinning it too!

  11. Laura says

    WOW. What you have done is incredible!! What a plethora of info. Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for sharing your wisdom with all the rest of us. There are so many out there that try to just *hook* you with as little info as possible, and then say “Now go buy my book”.
    I am just so thankful for people like you Jessica Fisher, Marla Cilley (a.k.a. the Flylady), and Laura Fuentes (Momables) for choosing to make so much of what is dear to them available for the rest of us online. You don’t just have the information ~ you choose to share your passions with all who might also be able to benefit from them.
    You are truly a blessing! Biiig, big hugs and another HUGE •~~•
    Struggling to survive in Texas with 3 year old, boy/girl twins,
    ~ Laura S.

    • Thanks for your kind words. I don’t want anyone to have to learn the hard way, like I have. 😉 Whether it’s cooking or something else.

      For the record, the book has a TON more information than what is here. This simply consolidates the online info to make it easier to find.

  12. Cheri A says

    I love the book, and I bought the Kindle edition as well because I’m enjoying using the iPad in the kitchen now and trying to figure out the best organization of that! I really like Pepperplate for that right now. Even though I cook with many food allergies is mind, I find that I come back to your recipes the most over even some other allergy-minded food blogs I follow due to their reliance on heavy amounts of dairy and eggs in everything, even though they are gluten-free. I find your recipes basic enough to easily adapt or separate out the portion that needs to be made for the restrictions. But thanks for this post with all the links together. I’m going to get busy with Pepperplate later!!

  13. Harriet says

    LOVED this post. Pinned many of the things. I am having a freezer cooking day tomorrow. Glad I saw this post tonight as it encourages me on!

  14. Kelly L. says

    I have your freezer cookbook (love it & would recommend it to anyone in addition to these posts!) and am so impressed with this post, too. I just like your approach and attitude as it comes across in your writing. Also, I eat a plant-based diet, but cook for omnivores. Many of your recipes satisfy all of us, and the meaty ones have been enjoyed by my people at home. Thanks from San Francisco!

    • Oh, what a nice thing to read tonight. Thanks for sharing how the book is working for you and for your kind words.

  15. Jodi says

    This is the best place for freezer cooking. Thank you for taking the time to put this together. I will be printing many recipes. I started cooking for the freezer after finding your site and I just keep going bigger and better. This saves so much time and money. Thank you again for giving me a boost. Your freezer cook book is going to be my birthday gift this year.

    • Thank you for your kind words! I’m so happy to hear success stories with freezer cooking.

  16. Kai says

    I say everything for a reason. Im working on getting organized in 2015 for my business, home and mental sake! Started homeschooling this year and it has been a roller coaster!!! BUT we still moving forward! Thank you so much for taking the time to do this!! LOVE YOU!! Peace and blessings to your home!

  17. Stacia says

    I’m not a mum but cooking for a household of 7 adults >< and I love your posts! Has definitely made some meals stress free ^_^ ty

  18. Sarah says

    Thank you so much for the amazing work you have done on this one amazing page! Your websites in general are amazing, but this page is just the best! I’ve recently purchased your cookbook, and the recipes are so simple, delicious and definitely worth sharing! I’ve passed it along to several of my friends to encourage them to jump on the Freezer Cooking wagon! So, thank you again for your hard work, and for making such an incredible resource for us ladies who just want dinner to be a little bit easier!

    • Aw, thanks for the kind words. I’m so glad that it’s been a help to your home. Thanks so much for sharing the love. If you have a minute to write a review on Amazon, that would be great!

  19. Ocean Sparkle says

    Wow Jessica!

    Thank you for this awesome, amazing, great post! I’m going to send the link to my college-son and is girlfriend. So helpful, and full-o-facts!

    I’m so happy I found your blog and book.

  20. Vonnie Dreyfuss says

    Recently I bought frozen turkey mince. Defrosting it whilst cooking, as per instructions, it turned into GROUND meat, instead of minced meat. I did not like the consistency at all. I now read on the review that you should stir as little as possible. (due to dietary/health reasons, it is easier to buy frozen). Although I am now considering defrosting before use, I am convinced that the meat will never have a minced beef consistency. Am I right?. It was so awful, I vowed to never buy it again.

    • Living in the US, I don’t know what the difference between minced and ground is. They don’t sell mince here. I’m sorry I can’t be more help!

  21. Lexi says

    Thank you for this post! I am just now looking into freezer cooking with three little boys I know this will benefit our lives so much. It seems overwhelming..But looking forward to reading through the articles in this post and getting a game plan. Thank you for sharing so much info!

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