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    Sounds fantastic!
    We've just bought a 180L upright freezer, and have 150L storange in our fridge freezer. We're starting to stock up as we have bub #2 due in 7 weeks.

    I don't know whether you've done the whole freezer-cooking thing before, but I've found the following helpful:
    -Use disposable containers if you really want to reduce work...less cleaning up
    -Label EVERYTHING. Date, what it is, instructions on reheating/cooking. Anything you think you'll remember, is likely to slip your mind once you have a freezer full of food.
    -Make a list of what you've put in the freezer, and how many. Cross it off your list once you use it. That way you know exactly what's hiding in there somewhere.

    Hope it goes well...I can't imagine how full on it must be with full time teaching, and a toddler on your own!

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    Quote Originally Posted by HappyBovine View Post
    @harvs thanks so much for starting this thread. I read it when I was on my way the out the door to the supermarket and stocked up on ingredients to cook some meals for the freezer. My oldest DD decided to become a vegetarian at the end of last year and producing two meals every night on top of general kid fussiness is doing my head in - so much so that I have started to dread cooking and procrastinate to the point that it is too late to cook and we end up with takeaway more often than we should.

    It had actually never occurred to me to make her meals from scratch and freezing individual serves ahead of time. I tend to freeze leftovers for her, but that still means having to cook two meals on the evening I cook a double batch. I now have some vege soup simmering on the stove which will give at least 8-10 serves. Some vege bolognese sauce which will also yield 8-10 serves. Am about to make a double batch of chickpea patties. It will help to lighten the load over the next few weeks.

    I had never thought of freezing in zip lock bags either - genius idea. Containers can get expensive. How does soup go in zip lock bags? Do you have any issues with it leaking? What about lasagne - does it keep it's shape?

    @LoveLivesHere - where do you get your foil trays from? Does it change the taste of the food? ie make it taste metallic. I seem to remember years ago I experimented with lasagne in foil trays and it tasted a bit weird when I reheated. I think it was the tomato.
    I get the big ones from coles as they a perfect size for my family. I haven't noticed a change in taste.

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    I think this is a great idea! I will definitely be following along too....and hopefully find myself inspired, lol. I have a 3/4 empty deep freezer, I really should do it. I find thinking of dinners so mentally draining it's not even funny.

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    Wow I wasn't expecting this many responses. Thanks for all the encouragement and tips!

    I've knocked up a double batch of the sausage and red lentil casserole and my second batch of tuna mornay is cooking now. Then I'll do one brown rice and veg quiche and see how I feel.
    @HappyBovine I've never had any trouble with leakage with ziploc nor freezer bags. It doesn't look very elegant cos obviously soups tend to freeze in whatever position they were shoved in the freezer in, but they defrost just fine. I'm glad I inspired you :-)

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    I should do this more often. I did this a while ago and it was so handy having things there ready to go.

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    That was mexican tomato and bean soup, split pea soup, zucchini slice, 2 banana raspberry and pecan loaves and pumpkin and ricotta lasagne.

    The other thing I do is cut up and bag up ingredients for the week. Makes meal prep a lot easier too.

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    Some good info out there too if you google 'once a month cooking' 😊

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    If I pay someone ALL the money, will they please come and do this for me???

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    Mamabakes has loads of great big batch recipes. My favs for the freezer are pasties (just grab from freezer and Chuck on tray to cook), Mexican mince (for tacos, nachos etc), pulled pork and quiche/zucchini slice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HappyBovine View Post
    Ziploc bags - what a great idea.
    Just be cafeful zip lock bags don't lock together when frozen.

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