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What food freezes well? 
 
Jul. 11, 2009 1:59 pm 
Updated: Jul. 16, 2009 10:01 am
I was helping a couple of friends plan for their first Team Up freezer cooking event. They used several of my freezer recipes. They also chose a few of their own. 
 
Team cooking is fun!!! Pick a date, pick a friend and choose which recipes your families like and get going. 
  
Here are a few items that freeze well. 
  • meats in marinades
  • most soups
  • stuffed chicken breast
  • meatballs
  • baked breads
  • brownies
  • egg dishes
  • chili
Most food freezes well!  If you’re wondering if your favorite meal freeze...I say go for it. Try it.  Cook a double batch one night and then freeze one of the meals.  Don't forget to label your bag or pan with baking instructions.
 
In summer I like to make meat marinades, pizza, stuffed hamburger in a Team.

Here is a list of food that does not freeze well.  (click here) It will help you make recipe selections for Team Up cooking.
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Comments
Jul. 11, 2009 2:10 pm
Pizza dough freezes well and saves a lot of time. I form the pizza, then wrap and freeze. When it comes time to use it, you just have to put on the sauce and toppings and bake.
 
Jul. 11, 2009 2:11 pm
shorecook, I enjoy reading your comments! You always have great ideas!
 
Jul. 11, 2009 2:20 pm
I purchase large cans (Costco Cans) of Pizza Sauce for $5.00 /$3.00 Tomato Sauce and Freeze it in small use able portions. The with the tomato sauce I freeze those in muffin tins trays and pop out and place in Ziplock it is about (8oz) per muffin cup and use that to make Mexican Rice from this site :) plus it is cheaper
 
Jul. 11, 2009 2:22 pm
Meatloaves I use 8 x 8 pans instead of loaf size for easier freezer space flat look I cook in 8 x 8 pan cool cover each with plastic wrap and slide right in a Gallon size Ziplock bags.
 
Chris 
Jul. 11, 2009 2:27 pm
Ginger! Peel and cut into 2 inch sections. Pull out a section to grate. (grate twice as much as you will use, when the water crystals melt the volume is reduced by half)
 
Jul. 11, 2009 2:28 pm
good tip chris! FYI costco cans are called #10 cans. I love your ideas for cutting cost Jayashiangel
 
Jul. 11, 2009 2:46 pm
slice up bell peppers, green , yellow, red, into strips. I put them in a ziplock bag and use later for stir fry. Freezes very well and defrosts quick!
 
Angie 
Jul. 11, 2009 3:58 pm
i always boil a full box a pasta, and freeze half of it. i also muffins, banana bread, and just about everything.
 
Jul. 11, 2009 7:51 pm
DC, that is very informative, sometimes a person is not sure what they can or can't freeze, and your list is a good starting point! thank You! Have a good weekend:)
 
Jul. 15, 2009 7:40 pm
How fun to cook with others! I love cooking and I have a hard time finding others that want to freezer cook. Ok I'm green with envy now!! Have you tried freezing pizza dough? I hear its easy just let the dough rise once then punch down roll out then freeze.
 
Jul. 16, 2009 10:01 am
Hi Dee, I'm glad to find a freezer cooking friend. Yes pizza dough freezes fine. What I typically do when freezing pizza is to purchase a large box of frozen half-baked pizza crusts. Using these crusts are a lot faster, obviously. Look for pizza crusts by the box (about 20) in a wholesale outlet/ restaurant supply store. (These are 15 inch thin pizza crusts) For 20 pizza's my friend and I will purchase: - 2 large cans Prego sauce - 2- 5 pound bags of shredded cheese - 1- 5 pound bag cooked, frozen pizza sausage - other fresh veggies we want to top pizza with Line counter with a long piece of foil, then plastic wrap, and then the pizza crust. Top the pizza's with sauce, cheese and toppings. Wrap pizzas with plastic wrap and then foil. Freeze. I bake my pizzas from frozen at about 400 (F) for 10-15 minutes or until cheese is melted. Of course a Team could save some cost by making their own pizza sauce, but I really like Prego. A friend and I can cook for an hour or so and have 10 pizzas ready to freeze each.
 
 
 
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I am a stay-at-home mom with three boys and one baby on the way. Freezer cooking is a time saver and now a hobby. I often TEAM UP and cook with my friends. I started a web site to explain 'how to' and provide encouragement. ( www.dinnercoach.com ) Being a wife and mom is very fulfilling. Good job to all who are investing their lives into raising the next generation.
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Preparing Thanksgiving Dinner with my mom and grandma.
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Team Up cooking method ---www.dinnercoach.com.
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I'm always throwing things together. Sometimes it’s terrible and sometime it works out great.
 
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