One way I save time and money, is by doing meal preparation for our meals. These meals that I prep are placed in the freezer for future use. During busy days when my time is limited, this saves tons of time and stress for me. All I have to do is grab my bag of prepared meals and cook away, without having to dice, cut, chop, etc. It also decreases the amount of times I grab take out at the last minute, which eliminates eating unhealthy foods and spending extra money.
A favorite freezer food for us includes homemade waffles. Homemade waffles are super easy to make, plus you’re able to control what ingredients go into your waffle recipe. This definitely helps to eliminate preservatives that you may encounter when buying store bought waffles.
Plus they are easy grab and go breakfast foods when we are rushing in the morning to get to work and school. And my super simple freezing method results in easy cooking and minimum clean up in the mornings.
As each waffle is cooked, I place them on a bakers rack like this and place them in the freezer for about five to ten minutes. This allows the waffles to quick freeze and stay firm, so that they won’t become flattened when placed in the freezer. Resulting in you getting a beautiful waffle every time you get a waffle out of the freezer.
After the waffles are slightly frozen, I like to place a piece of foil between each waffle. This keeps the waffles from sticking together, plus it is my quick fix cooking sheet during a busy morning.
If you don’t like using foil, or would rather use something else, you can use freezer paper or parchment paper between each waffle.
Then, I place them in a freezer safe plastic food storage bag, and pop them in the freezer until I am ready to eat them! You can store waffles for up to 2 months in the freezer.
Whenever I am ready to eat my frozen waffles, I just place the individually wrapped waffle in my preheated oven with the foil as my cookie sheet. And when I am done, I just throw away the foil and I have less clean up!
When ready to eat, I place the waffles in a 400 degrees preheated oven and bake the waffles for about 7 to 10 minutes to get the desired crispy waffle I want.
Note: You can also cook these waffles in the toaster, but I like to use the oven because I’m cooking more than one waffle at a time. Plus my large waffles as you see above don’t fit in my toaster unless I cut them in 4 sections. But this toaster dilemma doesn’t stop my kid when she heats them up herself!
Hope this helps you all! Check back for more freezer tips coming soon! And let me know what else you may need help with!