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Hectic schedules make cooking dinner from scratch every night impossible. Whether you find yourself behind on schoolwork, staying late at the office, or rushing to drive your kids to soccer practice, cooking an elaborate dinner gets pushed off the to-do list. Somewhere between arriving at the grocery store and returning home with the groceries, exhaustion sets in for the night.
Freezing meals is easy as long as you remember a few simple tricks. First, cool food completely before freezing. To speed up the process, set up an ice bath to quickly cool pots of meatballs or stews. Once the food is completely cool, wrap tightly in plastic wrap, freezer bags, or an airtight container. Then, freeze. When you are ready to reheat your meal, gently heat on the stovetop at a slightly lower temperature than the recipe called for to keep the food from drying out.
Try these easy-to-freeze recipes, and dinner will no longer be another thing on your to-do list that you have to dread.
All-American Cheeseburger Soup
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Angela Carlos is The Daily Meal’s Cook Editor. Follow her on Twitter and tweet @angelaccarlos.