For over 10 years I’ve been freezer cooking, which is cooking a large quantity of meals to put in the freezer for upcoming weeks. This has been a huge time-saver and also helped me stay within my grocery budget.
Recently I started using an Instant Pot, and I was sure there was a way to put the two methods together but I wasn’t sure how to go about it. I knew learning how to freezer cook for the Instant Pot would change my meal prep and cooking for the better.
Besides the fact that the Instant Pot pressure cooker allows faster cooking, what’s especially wonderful for this type of cooking is that food can be placed into the Instant Pot and cooked right from frozen.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve forgotten to thaw my freezer meals, or I put them in the fridge and they are still frozen solid a day or two later when I want to use them. This isn’t the end of the world but it can add a significant amount to the cook time. With an Instant Pot, meals cook the same from frozen or some require 10-15 extra minutes at the most.
I was excited when I discovered Once a Month Meals, which has everything prepared for Instant Pot freezer cooking.
Once a Month Meals has a FREE mini-menu specifically for Instant Pot Cooking. I highly recommend you check it out if you have an Instant Pot and would like to plan ahead for meals to keep in the freezer.
This mini-menu has 5 meals that makes enough for 2 meals each, serving 4 people.
Click here for the Once a Month Meals free mini-menu. (If you don’t have an Instant Pot, Traditional and Paleo meal options are also available for free.)
Once a Month Meals is a paid membership site, but whether you plan to purchase a membership or not I recommend you try the free mini-menu because it will teach you some great insider pointers about Instant Pot freezer cooking.
All the meals we’ve tried so far have been a hit, with the Ranch Pork Chops and Honey Bourbon Chicken being the biggest crowd pleasers with my family.
I’m amazed at the array of meals included with a membership, including diet meals with Weight Watchers Smart Points.
The mini-menu comes with a shopping list, prep instructions, cooking day instructions, and labels for your containers.
One of the best tricks I learned from using the Once a Month mini-menu is that these 64 oz round containers are perfect for Instant Pot freezer cooking because you can pop the food right out of the container and right into Instant Pot – even from frozen.
Here is a link to the containers on Amazon.
I purchased mine at Walmart.
I opted to put my meals into ziplock bags within the containers (to get the round shape I needed) and then I can reuse the containers easily. You can use ziplock bags or skip this step and freeze right in the containers. The main thing is not to freeze the meals flat or in a square container because they won’t fit in the IP.
Once a Month Meals offers Traditional, Diet, Gluten-Free, Paleo and more options. With a membership these meals can be mixed and matched, plus change the serving size as accommodates your family.
Click here to download your free Instant Pot freezer cooking mini-menu now, and get started with freezer cooking using your Instant Pot pressure cooker.
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