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Saving Supper Part 1: Freezer Meal Swap

Freezer Meals Makes Easy Dinners

Getting a healthy, homemade supper on the table in a timely manner can be a daunting task for parents that are working outside the home or out and about with the kids all day.

You may have heard of freezer cooking, also referred to as once a month cooking, in the past. It involves spending some time (usually a whole day) assembling and freezing large batches of meals that can be easily heated and served throughout the month.

My friends and I decided to try a new twist on this idea and do a freezer cooking swap instead, allowing everyone to share the workload but still get a ton of variety. Everyone brings enough family-size portions of their dish for every attendee. It's a great excuse for us to get together on a weekend evening and have a glass of wine, and everyone leaves with a huge variety of meals for their freezer!

Want to try it yourself? Here are the basic steps we follow:

  1. Choose your favourite recipe that freezes well 

  2. Bring ingredients for enough family-sized portions of your dish for each attendee. You can assemble your dish at the party, or if you would prefer you can make your dishes ahead of time and just bring the finished product.

  3. If you are assembling at the party make sure you bring containers to store all the portions of your prepared dish. (e.g. ziploc freezer bags, plastic containers, or aluminum containers)

  4. Prep your dish while you enjoy great company and yummy snacks and drinks from the hostess.

  5. Leave with a huge variety of meals for your freezer!

And voila! Hosting a freezer meal swap won't fill your freezer with an entire month's worth of meals, but it will give you some great options for those nights when you just don't have the time or energy to cook something from scratch.

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