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Old 12-13-2012, 10:27 PM   #21
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Re: How do you prep food ahead of time before you have the baby?

I am gluten intolerant, so I make a lot from scratch. I am due in February, and I have already started making and freezing jars of cream-of-soups for the easier meals.

A tip I saw on pinterest for freezer meals: Line the pan with aluminum foil, put the food in, top with aluminum foil (making a packet), then freeze and remove the packet from the pan, so you have all your meals sans-pans ready to go in the freezer and aren't taking up pans or extra room.

I really need to start doubling up meals and freezing, but I have been struggling even to get dinner on the table lately...but it's only going to get worse, so I really need to get my tail in gear!

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Old 12-14-2012, 12:36 AM   #22
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A tip I saw on pinterest for freezer meals: Line the pan with aluminum foil, put the food in, top with aluminum foil (making a packet), then freeze and remove the packet from the pan, so you have all your meals sans-pans ready to go in the freezer and aren't taking up pans or extra room.
Oh that's a good idea with the aluminum foil. Though I think for the meals I want to heat in the microwave I'd use microwave safe plastic wrap instead.

Anyone have an idea how long the food like energy bars etc stays safe in the freezer? I seem to be hitting my relative 'honeymoon' period with my hyperemesis so need to take advantage before I am back to puking my guts out. Am I wrong to think the muffins and energy bars should be safe for 6/7 months? (no time to start before Christmas anyway but I hope to still feel good in early January)
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Old 12-14-2012, 05:28 AM   #23
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Oh that's a good idea with the aluminum foil. Though I think for the meals I want to heat in the microwave I'd use microwave safe plastic wrap instead.

Anyone have an idea how long the food like energy bars etc stays safe in the freezer? I seem to be hitting my relative 'honeymoon' period with my hyperemesis so need to take advantage before I am back to puking my guts out. Am I wrong to think the muffins and energy bars should be safe for 6/7 months? (no time to start before Christmas anyway but I hope to still feel good in early January)
Muffins and other baked goods tend to lose their texture and some taste after 1 month (technically), but I've kept them in for 6 weeks and it was right on the edge. Granola Energy Balls and Granola bars, I've kept for 2 months and they've been fine. I think they would all be "safe" in the freezer for 6 months or so, just not taste the same.
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Old 12-14-2012, 07:01 AM   #24
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[QUOTE=The Fancy Pansy;16041407]I am gluten intolerant, so I make a lot from scratch. I am due in February, and I have already started making and freezing jars of cream-of-soups for the easier meals.

Yeah...we have severe allergies in our family and cook everything from scratch. I didn't mention that in my original post b/c I wanted to hear everyones feedback and then do my tweeking. It definitely complicates everything. My church is fabulous for bringing meals after you have had a baby, but nobody brings us meals bc I think theyre afraid (or they don't like us ha ha ha). We cant do the typical casseroles, noodle things, lasagnas, enchiladas.

So, I am just gonna take the ideas from the books and make some (major) adjustments. I am hoping to learn how to freeze and store side dishes and vegies. I have the meat part down, but would be nice if I could put some "complete" meals in the freezer so there wasn't any prep that had to be done. At least for the first week or so (while I am still sore).
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Oh,I also plan on making muffin tin lunches, like mini pot pies made with biscuit mix, corn dog muffins made with cornbread and half a hot dog in each, and homemade hot pockets made from croissant dough and whatever fillings I want that can all be frozen to reheat as needed.
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Re: How do you prep food ahead of time before you have the baby?

I don't worry about it. We always have a house full of fresh fruits, veggies, & cheeses. When we came home with the twins my mom visited to cook & clean for 1 week, then we ordered in for the next 2-3 weeks.
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Old 12-14-2012, 09:13 AM   #27
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I don't worry about it. We always have a house full of fresh fruits, veggies, & cheeses. When we came home with the twins my mom visited to cook & clean for 1 week, then we ordered in for the next 2-3 weeks.
Lucky!

We had -0- help from family when DS was born and I'm expecting similar with this one.

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Old 12-14-2012, 10:03 AM   #28
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Re: How do you prep food ahead of time before you have the baby?

I just found a great website - www.onceamonthmom.com that gives you options on how to prep and freeze a months worth of food for your family.

Here you can choose from several menus - traditional, gluten/dairy free, weight loss, whole foods, and something else. After you choose your menu and the number of humans you are feeding, she gives you a month of recipes, shopping list, and detailed instruction plan on how to do it.

It's only $8 for 1 month and you can only sign up for 1 month at a time. Or you can do an annual membership.

She has a lot of recipes (500?) of past months that you can access for free without membership, but there's no shopping lists or detailed instruction plans.

Anyway, I am giving this a whirl. Signed up today and printed off all my stuff. Will do my shopping and prep (hopefully) next week when my mom can (hopefully) help me out.

Maybe I will do it twice before the baby is born.

Anyway, I will repost here after I have done it and then again after I eat the food (the recipes look really really good, but you never totally know).

In the meantime, I am gonna take some of you lovely ladies suggestion and try to at least double every meal I make and put the extra one in the freezer. That way I at least have something in there in case I can't get around to doing the full plan.

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Old 12-14-2012, 10:46 AM   #29
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Re: How do you prep food ahead of time before you have the baby?

The simplest way for me was just to double meals I was already preparing for dinner that freeze well into disposable foil trays or gallon freezer bags to save myself some clean up too.
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Old 12-14-2012, 11:36 AM   #30
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The simplest way for me was just to double meals I was already preparing for dinner that freeze well into disposable foil trays or gallon freezer bags to save myself some clean up too.
I am going to do this this week. It makes a lot of sense!
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