Fix Freeze Feast changed the way I think about meal prep for my large family.

Fix Feast Freeze Review: A New Way to View Freezer Cooking

Fix Freeze Feast: How to make freezer meals for a large family.

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The other day, I posted on my Instagram stories my progress as I shopped and batch cooked four different meals that now lie happily in my freezer to be eaten when our daughters (and their husbands, and our grandson) are visiting us from New Zealand. This led to a flood of messages asking for recipes. Honestly, I only used a recipe for one of those meals (chicken curry) and the rest are just meals I have made so often I don’t actually use a recipe. But it made me realize, I should share about my favorite bulk cooking cookbook, Fix Freeze Feast.

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As you can see, even as a minimalist, I own all three versions of this book. When I went to New Zealand last November I took copies of the newest version to Adalia and Tilly as several of their favorite childhood meals come from this cookbook.

Fix Freeze Feast is the perfect freezer cooking system for large families.

How Fix Freeze Feast Changed the Way I Think About Cooking

The original book, The Warehouse Gourmet (no longer in print), literally changed the way I think about cooking. Unlike systems such as Once A Month Cooking, I don’t focus on making 30 different meals. Instead, I think about buying my ingredients in bulk and efficiently storing up meals in my freezer.

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Freezer Meals Based on One Main Ingredient

Here is an example. After shopping last week, I came home and did the following:

Started cooking navy beans in my Instant Pot (for white chicken chili).

Filled my crockpot with chicken breasts, a chopped onion, and garlic.

Once those were cooking, I started chopping vegetables for my chicken gumbo and mixing the ingredients (canned tomatoes, V8 juice, chicken broth, etc) in a giant pot. I sauteed the vegetables, browned the sausage, and dumped those into the pot as well.

I let that sit and mixed up the sauce for the chicken curry. By this time my navy beans were perfectly cooked, so I added the other ingredients for the white chicken chili (chicken broth, veggies, etc) and put it into a plastic container to cool. At this point, I also poured the chicken gumbo into a container to cool.

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Note: I didn’t actually cook the gumbo because there was no reason to. The vegetables were sauteed and the sausage browned so it needed to cool, but this will be cooked the day I serve it. The flavors will combine beautifully during the freezing and thawing process.

Once the curry sauce was done, that also went into a container to cool. The last step was adding the chicken breasts when they came out of the crockpot. I let the meals finish cooling, added the lids, and put them in the freezer.

During this time I also assembled two lasagnas.

All of this cooking took, perhaps, two hours and I cleaned the kitchen as I went along.

Tips for large family freezer cooking.

The Fix Freeze Feast Mindshift

The big mind shift that Fix Freeze Feast has given me is the realization that choosing one main ingredient (in this case chicken breasts) and assembling a variety of meals around that, is simple, efficient and economical. Cooking for the freezer this way makes so much more sense than buying four different types of meats to cook up multiple meals.

I do this with other meats as well. I buy it in bulk and assemble as many meals around it as I can. If this is done on a regular basis, it is simple to keep a freezer well-stocked with a variety of homemade freezer meals.

Interested in your own copy of Fix Freeze Feast? Leave a comment to be entered in a giveaway!

For more posts on how I freezer cook and meal prep for our large family, check out these posts:

Large Family Freezer Cooking Hacks

Tips on how to make freezer cooking easier and more efficient.

Large Family Freezer Cooking

Twenty meals in the freezer in just 5 hours!

Freezer Cooking for Real Moms

This is a post from 2013 that shows a real day of us freezer cooking. This post lists meals made as well as prices.

Filling the Freezer Pre-Surgery

This is another post that chronicles the process and exact meals we made.

How to Make Freezer Meals the Easy Way

This post chronicles a day when we prepared 16 freezer meals.

Supplies Shown in this Post:

Rubbermaid Brilliance Storage Containers

I love these becasue they are clear, leaving no question about what is in any given container. They are leak-proof and module for efficient storage.

Rubbermaid 1.5 Gallon Food Storage

I use these to store soups and sauces for meals. They stack beauifully in the freezer and because they aren’t deep, food cools quickly.

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12 thoughts on “Fix Feast Freeze Review: A New Way to View Freezer Cooking”

  1. I have the first edition (“borrowed” from my mom) and I love it. I don’t think anything I’ve made has been bad. Would love the new edition!

  2. This looks like a great cookbook–I would love a copy! I cook a large crockpot meal once a week (usually based on chicken or pork), and then we have about two-three meals for the freezer, but this cookbook looks particularly good! If only I remembered to pull things out of the freezer in time for them to defrost for dinner each night…

  3. We have a large family. I do meal plan religiously, but I’d love some new ideas. I’ve never really done freezer meals before!

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