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20 Freezer Meals in 4 Hours

  20 Freezer Meals in 4 Hours plan PLUS a printable shopping list to make it easy!

We are excited to share with you our 20 Freezer Meals in 4 Hours meal plan.  This plan will allow you to have dinner planned for almost three weeks or more depending on your family size and if they like to eat leftovers! I love to save time in the kitchen so I can enjoy more moments with my boys. I also like to be prepared and know what I am serving for dinner so I am not spending time looking around for what I am going to make. When I freezer cook I save both time and money.

This was my third time prepping freezer meals for my family. I will say that the first time took a long time but I am now getting a rhythm down and get through it in no time. If you think 4 hours is a lot of time you have to consider that you are going to have 20 meals ready at the end of the 4 hour time!  If you are new to preparing freezer meals or don’t have the 4 hours to invest you may want to start with this plan —>How to make 8 Freezer Meals in 2 Hours.  We love it too!

To start you will want to go through your kitchen and pantry and make a list of what ingredients you will need to get at the store and what you already have on hand. I had all of the chicken, beef and spices in my stockpile. I spent the majority of money on buying fresh produce. When you are ready to prepare the meals you will want to set everything out on the counter that you will need.

How to make 20 Freezer Meals in 4 Hours!

Next, you will want to label all your ziploc bags with cooking times and if you need to add anything to the recipe when you place it in or out of the slow cooker. The next step was to cook any meat that needed to be cooked for a recipe (ground beef for Crockpot Taco Soup ). I did this first so that the meat could cool before putting in the bag. Next I got to chopping, slicing  and dicing the veggies and fruit. I put them in bowls to keep together to make it easier when I needed to measure them out into bags.

At this point I started with my meals that contained whole chicken breasts that did not need to be cubed. I filled the bags with the chicken and added ingredients. Placed the bags in the freezer and then started on my meals that needed to be in foil pans or baking dishes (Chicken Divan). After they were completed they went in the freezer (be sure to label the foil you wrap them in).

How to make 20 Freezer Meals in 4 Hours #freezermeal

Now I started on my meals that needed cubed chicken. After they were filled they went in the freezer. Next I worked on my beef meals. If you are making  Easy Crockpot Meatloaf it is important to get this meal in the freezer right away. After completing these I finished with my veggie freezer meals.

Once all the meals were in the freezer I put dishes in the dishwasher and hand washed the skillet and sharp knives. I put all the spices away and took a big deep breath :) I was super excited to know that my family had meals for the next three weeks and I would not have to stress about it. One of the best parts is when I went to the store I spent less than $50 dollars on what I needed, however I did not buy any meat or poultry because it was in my stockpile. You may also want to consider investing in a food saver if you decide to freezer cook on a long term basis.  It extends the life of your frozen food by up to two years according to the manufacturer. 

20 Freezer Meals in Four Hours master shopping list

To make this process even easier for you we have a FREE Printable shopping list for you for the ENTIRE plan!!!!  Just print this list and you are ready for the store!

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20 Freezer Meals in 4 Hours

20 Freezer Meals in 4 Hours Free Printable Shopping  – Shopping list for all 20 meals.

We also have an individual shopping list for each recipe.  We included a single, double, triple and x10 for each recipe.  Hope you enjoy!  You will simply click on the recipe link below and print the recipe then you will print each shopping list or the master shopping list depending on what you prefer.  

Easy Crockpot Meatloaf Recipe – Shopping List

Crockpot Cranberry Orange Chicken Recipe – Shopping List

Crockpot Honey Rosemary Chicken Recipe – Shopping List

Crockpot Cilantro Lime Chicken Recipe – Shopping List

Chicken Casserole Recipe Shopping List

Baked Ziti Recipe Shopping List

Crockpot Mexican Chicken Recipe Shopping List

Cheesy Rigatoni Recipe Shopping List

Chicken Divan Recipe – Shopping List

Crockpot Chicken Fajitas Recipe Shopping List

Crockpot Teriyaki Chicken Recipe ( I made 2 of these) – Shopping List

Crockpot Chicken with Apple and Sweet Potato Recipe – Shopping List

Crockpot French Dip Sandwiches Recipe (I made 2 of these – My family’s favorite!) – Shopping List

Crockpot Chicken Cacciatore Recipe – Shopping List

Crockpot Veggies in a Bag Recipe (I made 2 of these – Great side dish to most meals!) – Shopping List

Crockpot Taco Soup Recipe – Shopping List

Crockpot Butternut Squash Chili Recipe – Shopping List



8 Crockpot Freezer Meals Collage

We also have 8 Crockpot Freezer Meals in 2 hours plan too!

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New to Freezer Cooking? We have a Freezer Cooking 101 Series that you may enjoy!




  1. Tina says

    I’m sure I’m just blind, but I only counted 17meals on the list. What are the other 3? I know I roasted an extra chicken during the Divan Chucken preparation. What do you suggest we make with it?

  2. Billie says

    How did you have that much chicken already in your stockpile? Did you have it frozen, thaw it out to make the recipes and then freeze it again?

    • Melissa@StockpilingMoms says

      We purchase 40 lbs boxes of chicken from Zaycon – We either bulk cook the day after we pick it up or we use it frozen (do not thaw and make the recipes and re-freeze).

      • KaeAnn says

        I do that as well, my child gets very sick of the same repetitive chicken meals so this will be a good change for her. Thanks

  3. Laurie C says

    Hi there, I don’t have a printer to print out all the ingredients I would need to make 20 meals ahead of time! Does anyone have any suggestions? TIA

    • Melissa@StockpilingMoms says

      You don’t need to print them. We cook with our laptop or off our phones all of the time. Just pull the recipes up when you are ready to start.

        • Anna says

          Crockpot Teriyaki Chicken Recipe ( I made 2 of these) – Shopping List

          Crockpot French Dip Sandwiches Recipe (I made 2 of these – My family’s favorite!) – Shopping List

          Crockpot Veggies in a Bag Recipe (I made 2 of these – Great side dish to most meals!) – Shopping List

  4. Emily says

    I’m wondering if you have a plan stating what order you made these meals. I would love some direction! The shopping list is awesome.

    • Melissa@StockpilingMoms says

      You can do them in whatever order that you want but we normally do all the like meats together at the same time and then move down the list.

  5. Brittany Gordon says

    Hi there,
    I couldn’t find it, but maybe I missed it. How many are these meals serving?
    I have 4 kids and 2 adults! Not sure if I need to double or anything…

    • Melissa@StockpilingMoms says

      They serve a family of 5 with no concern – ages 15, 11 and 5 are the kids served plus 2 adults.

      • Jennifer Kim says

        Hi! We also have a family of 5. But they are all adults and I also have a 1.5 year old. Will this be enough for all the adults? Thank you!

  6. Candace says

    Do each of these recipes fit into a 1 gallon bag?? I was unsure if all the ingredients from the taco soup would fit…

  7. Crystal says

    Do I cook the beef and chicken before hand or just the beef? I know some crockpot recipes call for frozen chicken and take just as much time as these.

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