Sometimes I'm not quite sure how far to go with a post. When I'm talking in person I can usually pick up the bored/glazed eyes right away while I'm rambling on about how to make yogurt or the super sale on bananas that I found. But with blogging there are no eyes to gauge, only comments. So when I get lots of questions I get excited. Finally, a rapt audience that I haven't frugally bored to death yet!
Do you cook the meal and let it cool before you freeze it? Or do you assemble it and freeze it before cooking?
I usually freeze meals that are just prepared not cooked. I like them to be fresh baked when I eat them, not just reheated leftovers. The end result is a better quality meal. I usually assemble the whole thing up to the cooking directions and freeze at that point.
Are there certain foods or recipes that you find freeze better than others? I am sometimes weary of freezing certain things because I am unsure of how they will turn out and I don't want to waste the food if its a dud.
I've frozen casseroles, unbaked pies, bean soups, stews, chili's, baked muffins and breads, raw berries, grated veggies, and cheese dishes without any problems. I've also done raw steaks in their marinades and unbaked quiches. So if it fits into those categories, it should work just fine.
I'm wondering how much longer you need to cook the frozen casseroles or do you unthaw first?
If I have time, I'll unthaw and just follow the regular instructions. But usually I'm grabbing a freezer meal because time is short or I'm feeling lazy. You can put a frozen meal directly in the oven but allow for around 20 minutes extra in cooking time. Usually casseroles are a "cook till bubbly" kind of food so that's what you're looking for in a finished product. Be sure to check the middle though because that stays frozen the longest.