Freezer Cooking is a great way to avoid cooking during the week!
Did you know that we here at Stay at Home Mum have been Big Batch Cooking or Freezer Cooking for over ten years now – and we even have a published book about how to go about it! But just as a snippet – here are 50 Big Batch Cooking Recipes for the Freezer – meals that you can cook, and freeze so that you have more time for you!
We even have a selection of cakes that can be made in big batches and frozen so you always have some sweet stuff just there!
Table of Contents:
|1. Freezeable Cakes|
|2. Mince and Sausage Recipes|
|3. Beef and Lamb Recipes|
|4. Chicken Recipes Big Batch Cooking|
|5. Vegan and Vegetarian Batch Cooking Recipes|
|6. Make-Ahead School Snacks|
Just for now, let’s have dessert before the main course:
Now cakes can be easily frozen so they are perfect for big batch cooking – allow them to cool down to room temperature, double wrap them in plastic wrap (try and get all the air out) – and put them on a solid flat surface in the freezer for up to two months.
Here are the cake recipes that freeze really well (and can be made in big batches).
Our famous Sand Cake Recipe is like a cross between a butter cake and a sponge cake. You can make it in double, triple and quadruple batches with no problems at all and it freezes beautifully!
Grab the recipe here>
| Frugal Chocolate Mud Cake |
This delicious and moist chocolate mud cake is a great recipe that can be made in big batches and frozen for when you need a chocolate fix. Just remember not to ice the cake before freezing or the icing goes all manky..
Grab the recipe for Frugal Chocolate Mud Cake here>
|Rosie’s Moist Custard Cake|
If you ever have guests that just drop by, this is the cake you want to have pre-made in your freezer.
Grab the recipe for Rosie’s Moist Custard Cake here>
|Condensed Milk Cake|
Another weapon to have in your baking arsenal. Our Condensed Milk Cake is light, fluffy and freezes like a champion!
Grab the recipe for Condensed Milk Cake here>
|Traditional Gingerbread Loaf Cake|
One of those really old-school cakes that you probably ate sitting at your Grandma’s dining room table!
Grab the recipe here ->
Mince & Sausage Recipes that can be Batch Cooked and Frozen:
This is a slight tweak on the original recipe for Porcupine Meatballs, but we sneak loads of veggies in there – the kids will never ever know!
Another great recipe that not only freezes spectacularly well but also hides loads of vegetables in there.
Lasagne does take a bit of work – so when you can make it in huge batches like you can in the slow cooker – you want to be able to freeze a heap of it for later. That’s the beauty of this recipe. Plus it is damn delicious!
Mince Scrolls are absolutely superb for the school lunch box. Make them in huge batches, freeze them individually and pop one frozen (yes, straight from the freezer) into your child’s lunchbox. By the time it gets to morning tea or lunchtime it will be perfectly defrosted and ready to be devoured.
I always keep bags of cooked savoury mince in my freezer. That’s because it is so versatile. If I’m feeling lazy – I can just heat it up in the microwave and have Savoury Mince on toast. If I want a cheats bolognaise, I add a tin of tomato soup to the mince and serve it over spaghetti. You can add noodles and a bit of curry powder and some shredded vegetables for a chow mein. This is a great way to save time and money – especially during the busy school week.
Shhhh don’t tell anyone, but this is my way of cheating when making Shepherd’s Pie – without going to all the hassle of making mashed potato!
My original and best freezer cooking recipe. We have spaghetti a lot in our house – at least once per week (usually more) – and so this is my go-to freezer cooking meal – especially when I can get mince on sale!
I do love a good sausage! And when you cook them long and slow in the slow cooker – it really brings out their delicious flavours. Just choose good sausages that aren’t too fatty – I like getting good pork sausages (haha I want to say pork sword) from my local butcher – they are scrumptious and really make this recipe pop!
This is the simplest Curried Sausage recipe around – because simple is easy – and simple is best!
Beef and Lamb Recipes for the Freezer:
A regu is kinda like a bolognese sauce but is reduced over a long period of time. Even though it is simple to make – I still call it ‘Fancy Spaghetti’.
It is a scientific fact that Curry is best eaten after a few days of cooking. But I always freeze mine in batches first. The flavour still develops even though the mixture is frozen. Just damn delicious.
When you find this amazing cut at your local butcher, grab some in bulk. It really is just so delicious. This is one of my favourite Winter meals to make – it makes the house smell incredible and this recipe hasn’t been around for hundreds of years for nothing!
Lamb makes for the perfect casserole – sure, it isn’t cheap anymore (boo) – but for special occasions, nothing really beats this meat as a casserole dish.
You don’t have to use Guinness for this recipe – you can use any beer that you would actually drink – but the flavour of the beer really makes the meat so delectable – even the kids will love it!
Beef pieces and beer slow cooker do make for the perfect Winter comfort food combination. You can even turn this mix into a pie – like the recipe above!
Chicken Recipes for the Freezer:
I love making heaps of this recipe – but I don’t make it into a pie to freeze, I just make the mixture and freeze it on its own. Because I can turn it into a pie if I wish, or add pasta or serve it over rice – it is very versatile!
If you ever grab chicken mince or Turkey Mince (which has loads less calories and tastes similar – but can be slightly dry in taste) – grab it and make a massive bunch of rissoles! Rissoles can also be eaten as burgers, or make them tiny and have meatballs – and the kids love these!
I always keep a few batches of these bad boys in my freezer – the boys know they can grab them out – ding them in the microwave for a bit – then pop them in the oven for 20 minutes and they are so yummy!
This recipe is like a fancy home-made chicken nugget – but it is super easy to make and they are yummy!
Sure – you can buy these pre-made in heaps of shops – but you pay up to $5 each for them – that makes for an expensive dinner for a family of four. They are really easy to make – when you buy chicken breast on sale – make a massive bunch of these and freeze them uncooked so you always have them on hand!
Vegan and Vegetarian Big Batch Freezable Meals:
Honestly, if I never had to make Lasagne again – I wouldn’t. There is so much fucking around it isn’t funny. But when batch cooking for the freezer, you don’t need to think about making it again for at least six months…..
Make-Ahead School Snacks You Can Freeze for Later:
Many of these are fantastic school snacks – and by batch cooking and freezing, this gives you more time in the school mornings and also ensures that your children are getting more nutritious school snacks and lunches (depending on what you make, of course!).
I do love a good muffin, and savoury muffins are great not just for school lunches but for grown ups to (heated up in the microwave for 30 seconds or so and cut in half with a slab of butter – divine!). You can follow the recipes directly – or you can add what you have on hand!
Muffins freeze well for up to two months.
This is a very basic recipe that you can make in huge amounts, add whatever you have on hand, and freeze. Yum yum!
These are a great way to use up banana’s that are looking a little on the manky side. Once made up – these freeze really really and you can even eat them cold and hard straight from the freezer during Summer for a treat!
Another fantastic balls recipe. Make as many as you can, freeze them on a baking sheet, then pop them into zip lock bags and freeze for up to two months – although they won’t last that long I promise!
A healthy muffin that is great for school lunch boxes.