Freezer containers for your once a month cooking
Before we move on to the actual cooking process, take the time to check that you have enough containers and labels to store the prepared food.
You will require a number of different containers. Your collection of pots and boxes will grow as the months go by, but you will need to ensure that you have appropriately sized tubs for what you are going to cook.
The size will depend on how many you will be feeding at each meal, to some extent. However, even if you are feeding a family of four you might prefer to freeze things in individual portions. That way if someone in the family hates one dish you can defrost something different for them.
Ensure that your tubs are freezer proof, and ideally dish washer safe as well. Having saved the time by cooking ahead you don't want to spend all night washing up by hand if you don't have to!
Labeling your containers is very important. You might think that you will remember that the curry is in square tubs, while the casserole is packed in circular ones, but a month is a long time and it is likely you will forget.
You might want to write the contents on each label, but another option is to use freezer labels with colored borders.
All the beef dishes could have red borders and chicken green, for example.
I find that these erasable food labels are really useful. You can freeze the food, put them in the dishwasher, and then write the contents on again when you reuse them.
When you pack the food in the containers, do make sure that you lave a little room for expansion, otherwise you could find that the lids pop off as the food freezes! As well as writing the contents on your labels, also add the date when the food was prepared.
This 30 Piece Freezer Storage Container Set
would be a great starting point. It has different sized containers, which will stack well in your freezer therefore taking up as little space as possible.