20 Freezer Meals in 4 Hours

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

20 Freezer Meals in 4 Hours will allow you to have dinner planned for almost three weeks! 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 are new to trying freezer meals you may want to start with How to make 8 Freezer Meals in 2 Hours.

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 a 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 it when you out it in 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).

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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 wash the skillet and chopping 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.

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!

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20 Freezer Meals in 4 Hours

20 Freezer Meals in 4 Hours Free Printable Shopping  – We also made a shopping list for each individual recipe in case you don’t want all 20 meals and want to customize by recipe.  We included a single, double, triple and x10 for each recipe.  Hope you enjoy!

Easy Crockpot Meatloaf – Shopping List

Crockpot Cranberry Orange Chicken – Shopping List

Crockpot Honey Rosemary Chicken – Shopping List

Crockpot Cilantro Lime Chicken – Shopping List

Chicken Casserole – Shopping List

Baked Ziti – Shopping List

Crockpot Mexican Chicken – Shopping List

Cheesy Rigatoni – Shopping List

Chicken Divan – Shopping List

Crockpot Chicken Fajitas – Shopping List

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

Crockpot Chicken with Apple and Sweet Potato – Shopping List

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

Crockpot Chicken Cacciatore – Shopping List

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

Crockpot Taco Soup – Shopping List

Crockpot Butternut Squash Chili – Shopping List

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Comments

  1. Wow thanks for all the recipes. Do you happen to have a shopping list done up already for these 20 meals?

  2. That’s an amazing feat! I’d need a second freezer to do this.

  3. I love this idea. Going to try it. Thanks for the tips.

  4. Carnetta says:

    A shopping list would be nice. Did you have a chance to make one? These recipes look wonderful. Thank you so much.

  5. I must not be seeing something but what recipes did you use thw whole chickens for??

  6. How many does each meal serve approximately?

  7. So much food! I Pinned it! Hello from the Penny Pinching Party.

  8. Maralea says:

    Thank you for the great recipes! I love making freezer meals.

  9. Just moved from CA to IA so I had to buy everything. I was able to buy everything for $190. I plan to use the 20 meals for weeknight meals. I have enough meals to last me a 4 weeks. I think I did pretty well price wise.

  10. Thank you for the time and energy you spent on this!! I did this plan a week and a half ago, and it has been such a fabulous time saver!! I have not had any last minute eating outs since I did all the cooking. I have shared my experience with others and plan to do it again!! Thanks again!!

  11. We are taking the bags and breaking them down into even smaller batches – my other half travels with his job – Leaves on Sundays and gets back home on Thursdays, by doing the half bags he is able to take them with him for his crockpot and not eat the same thing for a week. It is just enough for him to have dinner and lunch the next day.

  12. Tina DeAses says:

    This is awesome! I will be making it tomorrow- spending all of Sunday making meals so for the next 4 weeks I am covered. Thank you so much!!

  13. Christina says:

    Please explain what to do with the two whole chickens. Do we pre roast them and shred them?

  14. For the French dip do you think you could substitute turkey? Turkey breast maybe and if so how long to cook it?

  15. This is a great idea, I think I might try it. I don’t see the recipes list though, or do you just have to go in and print each one separately?

  16. Great recipes. Freezer meals are now a must in my house. If I don’t have any it’s difficult for me to cook dinner. Can’t wait to try these!

    Thanks.

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