help for a pregnant mom...

Discussion in 'Food & Cooking' started by ojosverdes, Jul 27, 2005.

  1. ojosverdes

    ojosverdes

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    Hi everyone,

    With the birth of another child coming up I was hoping to cook some meals and freeze them ahead of time so we don't have to cook for the first week or so. The problem is we always eat fresh food so I have no idea what food freezes well and if there are foods one should never freeze. I am not looking for recipes (although they would be gladly accepted!!) just foods that freeze well and will have a nice taste when cooked again. Thanks ahead of time for your suggestions :lips:
     
  2. jenni belle

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    Off the top of my head, spaghetti sauce. I always cook a few gallons at a time and freeze the rest. I make meatballs, sausage, chicken, and brijoles with the sauce and freeze them in quart sized containers. When you want to serve, all you'll need to do is cook up some pasta and heat up the sauce.

    And of course, lasagna always freezes well.

    How about some casseroles? The always freeze well and make good leftovers for lunches and such.

    I'll keep thinking for you!
     
  3. liv4fud

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    lot of indian breads and curries freeze real well.

    so do a lot of lentil based preparations. Though there are times when the texture of lentils can become more mushy due to freezing, there's almost no change in taste.

    as mentioned by jenni, portion controlled freezing is ideal as you will only thaw that you need thus prolonging the availability of the goodies.

    Also fried / semi-friend patties (vegi/meat/combo) is another quick and not-dirty option.
     
  4. kuan

    kuan Moderator Staff Member

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    I have this friend, he used to live in Minnesota but his family is in Milwaukee. Now he's in an MBA program at Michigan. Anyway, he's Indian, and everytime he goes home his mother packs him up a whole cooler full of food, like a whole month worth of food at a time! I swear this kid has never had to cook a day in his life! All he has to do is make rice!

    Anyway dear pregnant one, Pesto freezes well, and you can purchase some frozen raviolis or tortellinis. That might help a bit. Then there's ice cream of course. :) Hey, you're having a baby, people should be bringing food over!
     
  5. jenni belle

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    (What??? I speak Spanish! ;) )

    Do you own a Foodsaver? They are wonderful machines for freezing foods. Here is a link to the Foodsaver page where they offer freezable recipes for their equipment. If you don't own one, I highly suggest the investment. They really do pay for themselves rather quickly. Especially being able to buy in bulk and freeze!
     
  6. shroomgirl

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    Soups, Stews freeze exceptionally well. Stuffed chicken breast with a sauce or fillo filled with a veg or meat filling....
    what I did was go through the frozen food section of the grocery store and see what was out......it'll give you a since of what can freeze.

    Fill your fridge with a fruit salad, I make fruit juice "jello", pasta salad, grill extra meat and serve it throughout the week. I've started prepping market veg on Sunday and they stay great throughout the majority of the week.
     
  7. liv4fud

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    don't forget to mark and date every single thing

    practice good sanitation techniques (might be able to find from websites or forums) and don't forget to eat!!

    I believe others would be better able to guide you at sanitation / safety precautions while freezing for this long a duration of time
     
  8. ojosverdes

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    Thanks again to everyone. You have all given wonderful ideas. I will have fun coming up with some recipes now that we will be able to freeze. The birth is still a few months away but we are so busy getting the baby's room ready that I knew if I didn't figure out what to do now it would be too late. I really appreciate everything. :p
     
  9. coffeekitten

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    i dont think that she's really going to be freezing for a long duration. Just preparing a few meals that are easy and prepreped so she doesnt have to cook while recovering (only a week or two.) sanitation shouldnty be a problem and is not the same for a home cook as it is in a professional kitchen.
     
  10. pete

    pete Moderator Staff Member

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    Everyone has given some really great ideas!! Just to add a few to that list: homemade frozen burritos work really well (they can either be thawed and baked for a crispy shell or just microwaved like the storebought kind), homemade frozen pizza crusts (make and form the dough, then either freeze raw or grill and freezed like that., bring them out, let them thaw, then all you have to do is top them and bake them). Pre-formed burgers (pull and thaw and let hubby grill them. Of course, like everyone said, soups, stews, and casseroles are great for freezing, along with lasagna and spaghetti sauce. I have also frozen (with some luck) both pancakes and waffles.
     
  11. jenni belle

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    Good idea Pete! French toast is another excellent one to freeze. And to heat them up, simply pop them in the toaster!
     
  12. mangilao30

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    I cooked for a friend who was sick for a while but thank goodness got better, she had a working husband and 2 kids. I make pancakes and froze between parchment, same with french toast, stews (esp. ones that take forever to cook) make a large portion and freeze, ragu, pesto sauce, froze fruits in small portions for smoothies (just add juice and yogurt for a quick pick me up), chicken enchiladas freeze well, brisket... that's all I can think of for now. Happy baby!!
     
  13. panini

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    I must second the food saver. I have so many cooked items in the deep freeze. You can reheat right in the bag. Pop it in boiling water and viola.
    Air is your only enemy in freezing
     
  14. redace1960

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    i did this for my daughter when she was expecting. spent the whole last month stuffing the freezers with muffin sized chicken pot pies and pizza pockets. they nuke up perfectly right out of the freezer and they both contain all the major food groups-or can anyway. congrats!
    (you want the recipes? msg me)
     
  15. panini

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    yum,
    I look as though I'm in my eight month. Any chance for some of those pot pies? ;)
     
  16. ojosverdes

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    I just wanted to say thank you again to everyone who gave such great ideas. I only need about a weeks worth of recipes which I think I have already found thanks to you guys. After that my mother-in-law will be coming for a week or so. She is a wonderful cook so I will be happy to hand the kitchen over to her. Unfortunately, I don't live in the same country as my friends and family anymore so they aren't able to help out this time around. That is why I was trying to find some tips from this site. Thanks again. Have a great day :chef:
     
  17. kaylinda

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    My only thought might be that you find out if the mother will be nursing. If so, there are some foods the doctors will not want her to eat. Don't forget that rice freezes well....and can be turned in to many nice dishes!