What Should I Freeze My Meals In?


"What should I freeze my food in?" A collection of recommended, safe and durable freezer containers that you will use over and over again.

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Is it possible to be a freezer cooking evangelist?

If so, I imagine Rachel and I would slide right into the role. We are constantly talking about how freezer cooking saves time and money, how to start a freezer club, giving freezing instructions on all of our recipes, sharing tips and tricks on how to freeze certain vegetables, cheese, cookies, etc.  Heck, we’ve even created our own freezer cooking quiz.

Without intentionally meaning to do so, we have carved ourselves out a little freezer cooking niche in the blogland and as a result get thousands of visitors each day in search of healthy freezer meal recipes. We love it!

As we try to educate readers about freezer cooking and share tips and tricks we’ve learned along the way, one of the most common questions we have run into is, “What should I freeze my meals in?”

Good question.

Here are the qualities I want in freezer containers:

  • Reusable: I don’t want to have to keep buying them over and over again (i.e. Ziplocks, Gladware).
  • Quality: I want something that will last.
  • Safe: Containers that are free from BPA, PVC and PHTHALATES.
  • Easy to Stack: My freezer isn’t huge so I need containers that can stack easily.
  • Can Cook AND Store: Less dishes, less mess.
  • Affordable: Duh.

To be honest, until now we’ve had a hard time finding a product that met all of these criteria. I personally used a lot of gallon Ziplock bags which isn’t ideal at all, because they can leach chemicals when hot food is put into them.. We both have also used disposable Gladware dishes from time to time but the lids tend to crack and they are still made of plastic.

So what is the best way to store freezer meals? Ask no more, my friends — we have an answer!

freezer container collection

Away we go!

Square Glass Cake Pan with TrueFit LidBest method for freezing food

This dish is used all over my kitchen. It’s super functional and the fact that it can be used to bake in AND store in is a big win — especially when freezer cooking. I love that the top is clear for easy visibility of the food.safe freezer containers If I forget to put a freezer label on a dish, it is great to be able to see the food without opening the container. Here are some freezer meals that would be great to store in this dish:

Glass Baking Dish and Storage with Trueseal Lid, 11 cupfreezer meals

This dish is deeper and larger than the one I just mentioned above. It can be used for baking larger dishes than the square can be used for.

Same idea though: bake and store in the same dish. Love it. Can’t get enough of these. I have found that these can also be a great way to freeze leftover muffins and baked goods. Just peek through the clear top to see what goods you’ve tucked away in the freezer! Here are some yummy ideas on how to put this dish to good use:

Glass Baking Dish with TrueFit Lid, 3 qt. (9×13 inches)freezer meal storage

If you’re going to buy one freezer storage container, make it this one. You’ll find that a large amount of recipes you make will call for a 9×13 size pan. You’ll realize that having a lid to one of these dishes is a godsend.freezer meals containers Whether you slap the lid on to simply save leftovers in the fridge or your taking a dish to a tailgate, you’ll be so glad you have that lid. Here are a few of the many recipes I use this dish for:

Rectangular True Seal Food Storage, 1 7/8 cupFreezer containers

Having a variety of different sized dishes for freezing food in is SO helpful. Many leftovers simply won’t fill a big 11 cup dish. When food is exposed to too much air when freezing, the quality of it will diminish. You need some smaller sized options in your cabinet. I like this one because it’s perfect for leftovers, soups or chopped up fruits or veggies. Here are some ideas:

Glass Baking Dish and Storage with Trueseal Lid, 4 3/4 cupwhat should I freeze food in?

Another great, versatile dish to have on hand. This could be great for freezing leftover meals in or even to store foods in the pantry.freezing meals how to store food

Round TrueSeal Food Storage with Green Lid (4 sizes):Best way to freeze food

I mean, what WOULDN’T you use these for? If you’ve been thinking about swapping out your plastic Tupperware for glass, buying a few sets of these would be a great start. These would be ideal for freezing leftovers in. You can re-heat leftovers in the microwave or oven with these storage containers.

Here are some recipe ideas that these would be great for:

Oven Basics Casserole Dish with TruefitLid and Glass Cover, 2 qtFreezer containers-2

OK, so I am LOVING this dish. I love that I can bake, serve and freeze in it. I has two lids: one for cooking in and one for taking food on the go or for freezing. It also would make a nice serving dish for vegetables, mashed potatoes, fruit salad and so much more.

Freezer containers-4 It’s super versatile! I have no doubt I’ll get a lot of use out of this baby. Here are some recipe ideas that could be used in it:

Lastly, make sure to swing by our Freezer Meal Recipe Index for 60+ healthy, tried and true freezer meal recipes. Now get cooking!60+ healthy freezer meals

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Comments

  1. A friend gave me ONE of the square pans with the true fit lid for my wedding and it’s my favorite thing in my kitchen. I wish I had a dozen more!

  2. D Lammy says

    Would love to win this. I’ve been needing to replace move storage wear, and just never set aside the money to do it right. In ready to get rid of the plastic!

  3. Pamela Jensen says

    Great Giveaway !! I would love to win this…..
    it’s time to throw out the plastic and have a healthy alternative.

  4. Amy says

    I would love to win this set. I just started freezing meals after finding your site. I’ve only froze in ziploc bags since I don’t have extra containers to freeze in. It is nice to know I can pull a homemade meal out of the freezer on busy days. Which I have a lot of with 5 kids my oldest is 9 and the youngest is turning 2 next week. Thank you for your website.

  5. Lindsey says

    I would love to win this!!! I’m 20 weeks pregnant and I’m just getting started on stocking up the freezer, but I’m having to use disposable dishes that have huge lids and take up way too much freezer space!

  6. Elly says

    Tris is much Needed in my kitchen!!

  7. Amanda says

    These look great! Very interested as I’ve been doing our freezer meals in ziplocks 🙁 but thrilled for this alternative. Thanks!

  8. Mary says

    A great giveaway! I enjoy following your blog. I like following your recipes. Thank-you for all your efforts!

  9. Kirsten Earp says

    Just asked this question to my hubby last night when thinking about the freezer meals I’m making for my brother’s family (new baby due soon!). We decided on glass. These would be great! 🙂

  10. Rebecca says

    This is a new blog for me. So far, so good!

  11. Toni says

    I was just looking into freezer meal batch cooking. I am a busy mother that works full time. It’s always a challenge to get dinner on the table. That’s how I stumbled on your site. These look amazing. Non-toxic products are a must-have for me and my family.

  12. Pamela Jensen says

    Thanks for a great giveaway !1 It would be fun to win these !

  13. Sarah D says

    These look like just what I need. I have been buying foil pans, but they are not durable enough for the meals my family enjoys.

    • Rachel says

      So glad this post is helpful! We are big fans of glass.

  14. I would love to win this set of glassware if the giveaway is still going on! I am in need of a lifestyle change and I think that being able to have healthy freezer meals on hand will help with my weight loss. Thanks for offering the giveaway!

  15. Kimberly J. says

    These look awesome! I wonder how many would fit in my freezer!