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Old 01-07-2014, 10:22 AM   #1
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How far ahead of due date do you start freezer meals?

I have never stocked up before, but I think I will this time.

I am just wondering how far ahead of my due date should I start?

I might like to have some on hand to use even those last couple weeks.

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Old 01-07-2014, 10:31 AM   #2
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I never got around to it my first pregnancy, but I plan to this time around 7 months. My goal is 90 meals/meal starters.

But, I'll be out of work at this point, plus DD will be visiting her dad for 6 weeks. I'll just be bored waiting for baby.
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I did a dozen freezer meals at 3-4 weeks before my due date. He came 2 weeks early. I was going to do more and start them a month earlier but it was put on bed rest because of contractions.
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Re: How far ahead of due date do you start freezer meals?

Do you have a link for freezer meals?
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Re: How far ahead of due date do you start freezer meals?

I would start 2 months to 6 weeks prior for non-baked goods and 1 month prior for baked goods.

For my last two babes, I put away 6 weeks worth of meals and 4 weeks worth of meals for post-partum recovery (I had more help with my last c/s recovery so I didn't need to cook as much). For my 3rd kiddo, I took 3 days and did: 1 day of beef recipes, 1 day of chicken recipes, and 1 day of baked goods. It was a very long day, but I got most of my 6 weeks' worth of meals done in that span of time. It's not as hard as you think if you triple meals (making 4 different recipes of chicken dishes, but x them by 3 is 12 meals with leftovers too, but if you have a smaller family, the recipes can go ever further!).

A set of books I REALLY recommend borrowing from the library (or buying i you have money) are: Don't Panic, Dinner's in the Freezer (there are two of them). They give GREAT tips and suggestions, have really good recipes, and triple/x6/x9 recipes for you so you don't have to do math!

Something you can start doing now is testing recipes to see if you like them enough to eat once a week for 4-6 weeks.
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Re: How far ahead of due date do you start freezer meals?

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I would start 2 months to 6 weeks prior for non-baked goods and 1 month prior for baked goods.

For my last two babes, I put away 6 weeks worth of meals and 4 weeks worth of meals for post-partum recovery (I had more help with my last c/s recovery so I didn't need to cook as much). For my 3rd kiddo, I took 3 days and did: 1 day of beef recipes, 1 day of chicken recipes, and 1 day of baked goods. It was a very long day, but I got most of my 6 weeks' worth of meals done in that span of time. It's not as hard as you think if you triple meals (making 4 different recipes of chicken dishes, but x them by 3 is 12 meals with leftovers too, but if you have a smaller family, the recipes can go ever further!).

A set of books I REALLY recommend borrowing from the library (or buying i you have money) are: Don't Panic, Dinner's in the Freezer (there are two of them). They give GREAT tips and suggestions, have really good recipes, and triple/x6/x9 recipes for you so you don't have to do math!

Something you can start doing now is testing recipes to see if you like them enough to eat once a week for 4-6 weeks.
Thank you very much!
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