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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!
First of all invest in a good quality slow cooker. Our favorite is this programmable cook and carry 6qt oval slow cooker. 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. A great way to save money is to purchase your meat in bulk from ZayconFresh. I LOVE their chicken! When you are ready to prepare the meals you will want to set everything out on the counter that you will need.
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).
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.
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!
20 Freezer Meals in 4 Hours
We also have an individual shopping list for each recipe in case you are interested in specific recipes without preparing the entire plan. 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.
We also have 8 Crockpot Freezer Meals in 2 hours plan too!
We have a 10 Crockpot Freezer Meals in 2 Hours Plan too!
We have a 20 Slow Cooker Freezer Meals in 4 Hours Plan too!
New to Freezer Cooking? We have a Freezer Cooking 101 Series that you may enjoy!