Winter is getting all too close for us and I don’t know about you, but I have a lot to do to get ready for the big freeze. There is Christmas decorating to be done (yes, I believe it’s never too early) and freezer meals to be made. When it comes to winter, the last very last thing I want to do is venture out to the store in below zero weather. Cory and I were just talking to our driver on our trip from the Tampa airport to St. Pete Beach and he joked that he didn’t know how we couldn’t just hibernate during the winter months. I laughed, but how true is that? Wouldn’t it be nice if we could just hunker down under our fluffy winter blankets with an endless supply of mugs of hot cocoa and wake up after the spring thaw just in time to look at all the beautiful spring colors?
But unfortunately, that is just not the case. Maybe someday, right?
Until then, I’m going to share you my tips and my plans for stocking your freezer and preparing your home for the deep freeze during the long winter months.
5 Tips for Stocking Your Freezer for Winter
1. Stock up on Easy Meals: Sometimes it’s just nice to know you can get home and throw in a frozen dinner of some sort, isn’t it? One of our go-tos is a delicious frozen pizza with all of the toppings– specifically Jack’s pizza! It’s made from 100% Wisconsin cheese, only the best for us Wisconsinites! And the best part? The crust is preservative-free! Quick, easy, and a great choice for the family.
2. Stock up on Meat: Meat of any sort– frozen chicken breasts, beef roasts, pork roasts, pork chops, you name it. All of the above are great for just tossing in the crock-pot with some carrots, potatoes and onions to make a full delicious, meal in the crock-pot. I know one of our go-to meals is chicken and salsa in the crock-pot for Taco Tuesdays!
3. Take Advantage of Deals and Coupons: You ever come across some really great coupons and great deals? Take advantage! If you can freeze it, BUY IT! This even goes for things like yogurt– especially in the tubes. These are great to eat frozen or you can thaw them out for yourself or your littles to enjoy.
4. Freeze Fruits and Vegetables: It’s a sad, sad time when there aren’t anymore fresh fruits and vegetables in season any longer. Wouldn’t you agree? I literally crave fresh fruits and veggies all winter long. Why not stock up on them and zip-lock freezer baggies and freeze them! They’ll be great for smoothies, crock-pot meals, or just as a side dish with your meals!
5. Make Extra and Freeze: When you make dinner, double the recipe and freeze the extra casserole or pan of enchiladas to save for an easy weeknight meal! This is a great and easy way to stock your freezer and many meals do great in the freezer (especially soups) to make your winter easier and more delicious!
And if you’re one of those people who don’t live in the frozen tundra like myself, I applaud you. Let me know when we can come over for a vacay, deal?
#RealCheeseRealLifeTwitter Party Information
What: There’s football practice, homework, piano lessons and more! For a mom, sometimes simply getting dinner on the table equals success!
We’re teaming up with Jack’s Pizza for this Twitter party to share an easy way moms can win the day. Made with Midwestern pride – and 100% real Wisconsin cheese – Jack’s Pizza is a quick and easy dinnertime solution that the whole family loves.
When: Wednesday, November 11 at 1 p.m. CT
Where: We’ll be on Twitter – follow the #RealCheeseRealLife hashtag to track the conversation. You can see the details and RSVP via this Vite: http://vite.io/themotherhoodchats
Prizes: We will be giving away four prizes to randomly selected participants who answer the trivia questions correctly. Each prize includes a $50 Visa gift card. Prizes limited to U.S. participants only. See official rules.
Hosts: @TheMotherhood, @TMChatHost, @CooperMunroe, @EmilyMcKhann
How do you get your freezer stocked for the winter months?