Just when I was reaching the breaking point wondering if I would ever serve my family a real home cooked dinner again, the Homeschool Review Crew had the opportunity to review MyFreezEasy. Erin Chase rescued my family from fast food and frozen pizza with her MyFreezEasy.com Family Meal Plan Subscription.
I had heard of Erin Chase before. I'd even seen mention of something about $5 Dinners but really didn't know anything about her or what she offers. MyFreezEasy is her newest offering and I am in love!
One complaint that I hear frequently about making meals ahead and freezing them is that the food often tastes overcooked. It's like eating reheated leftovers. Who wants to eat leftovers every night? Not me. Not my family.
But MyFreezEasy is different. Meals are not pre-cooked and frozen. They are assembled and frozen and, for the most part, cooked fresh on the day you serve them. I was a little uncertain about that but keep reading to find out about my experience!
What is MyFreezEasy?
MyFreezEasy is a membership plan that gives you access each month to 8 freezer meal plans. There are two membership levels: Basic and Premium. Both give you access to the same 8 meal plans each month but, the Premium plan gives you the ability to swap out recipes, create customized meal plans and even to mark recipes as favorites. With the Premium Plan, members can also adjust serving sizes! The Homeschool Review Crew received the Premium Annual Membership.
The 8 meal plans are:
- Traditional Meal Plan
- Gluten Free Meal Plan
- Slow Cooker Meal Plan
- Clean Eats Plan
- 20 Meals Plan
- All Chicken Meals Plan
- All Ground Beef Meals Plan
- All Pork Chops Meals Plan
How does the program work?
Each month members receive an email that the new plans are available. Each meal plan has 5 recipes that make 10 meals except for the 20 meal plan which has 10 recipes to make 20 meals. Each recipe is written for 1 meal but includes assembly directions to make 2 meals. I love that it has the entire recipe written out for 1 meal with how to cook it immediately as well as assembly instructions if you want to make 2 to put in the freezer. This means I can test a recipe by making one to determine if we like it enough to include it in both or if I find frozen chicken or hambuger in the freezer I don't know what to do with it, I can thaw the meat and try a new recipe.
The meal plans include shopping lists arranged by recipe, by grocery store section, and by assembly day. They also include Assembly Prep Instructions.
Meal Plans are available for the whole month but only for the month which means you get new meal plans each month. And those old recipes? They get added to the data base so you have even more recipes to choose from when customizing a meal plan.
My Family's Experience
I was so excited that I started planning right away! For our first freezer cooking session I used the Build Your Own Meal Plan option. I created an ALL Chicken Plan, an ALL Ground Beef Plan except I included 1 vegetarian recipe. I also found two pork roast recipes to try. I was expecting to get 22 meals into my freezer but I miscalculated the amount of chicken I needed so I opted for making one each of two meals rather than not using a recipe. I did put 20 meals into the freezer.
It took much longer than one hour to put these together but I think that has more to do with my lack of organization and my inexperience. The fact that I was working 20 meals made it go longer as well.
For my next round of Freezer Cooking I choose the All Ground Beef Meals Plan. I choose to do only 4 of the recipes since the 5th one was one we I chosen before. I only had 6 lbs of ground beef so I opted to 2 each of 2 recipes and 1 each of the other 2 so that I made 6 meals. I also choose 2 different roast recipes for my 4 pork roasts. This went much faster. I paid closer attention to the assembly instructions. It still was longer than hour but it was fabulous to get it all done!
This plan has restored order to the chaotic dinner time. I love having a freezer full of meals. This is the easiest freezer cooking method I have tried and the tastiest as well. I was worried about putting the veggies into soup raw. I do not like mushy vegetables in my soup. The vegetables were not mush!
Of all the recipes we have tried there has only been one that none of us liked. For most of the recipes, we all have liked them. I found it easy to modify recipes to suit my family's needs and tastes. I'm already thinking ahead to my next freezer cooking session!
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