When the weather starts to cool down, I load my freezer with some of my favorite fall staples.
I absolutely LOVE fall and I love getting to stock up on things that help to make this time of year easier. Whether its fully prepped freezer meals or just individual ingredients, here are some of my favorite things to have on hand!
First up, pumpkin! I load up on pure, canned pumpkin this time of year. Libby’s is my go-to brand. I go through a lot of it whether it be pie, muffins, cakes, whatever you can think of. The problem is that sometimes you don’t end up using the WHOLE can. Here’s my tip: Take the leftovers and divide it into ice cube trays, about 2 tbsp in each. Freeze the pumpkin in the tray for 6 hours then pop the cubes into a zip top bag and keep them in the freezer. There’s so much that you can do with them. They are great to toss into pumpkin smoothies (like these ones from Ree Drummond), or if you have a dog like we do, save them for when tummy problems arise.
Next up, waffles! Now you might be saying, “But Kayla, you can just go to the freezer section at the grocery store and get them whenever you want.” and to that I say, homemade waffles are so much better! Especially when it’s a chilly Saturday or Sunday morning. Now as much as I love making homemade waffles, I don’t always like the time they take and the mess they can create. But I have good news! Typically a waffle recipe batter makes A LOT of waffles! So take your leftovers and FREEZE THEM! I recently tried this recipe from No. 2 Pencil and we loved them! Made them for breakfast and tossed the leftovers into the freezer.
Sticking with the breakfast theme, lets talk cinnamon rolls! They are delicious and everyone loves them but let’s be real … they take FOREVER to make! That’s why I have a cinnamon roll day where I literally spend ALL DAY making cinnamon rolls to pop in the freezer. And When you’re making a bunch, feel free to mix up the flavors a bit. Make some lemon & blueberry rolls or pumpkin ones, whatever floats your boat! My personal preference is to freeze them without icing. I just thaw overnight and then heat in the oven in the morning and top with a glaze or cream cheese icing!
Now this part might be a touchy subject. But yes, I keep STORE BOUGHT pie crust on hand. GASP! Here’s the thing, I don’t always have the time the roll out from-scratch pie dough. I love keeping the store bought stuff on hand during this time of year because you never know when you are going to need to whip up a dessert or appetizer for a party or potluck. So yes, there are in fact times that I don’t make my own pie dough and I’m not ashamed. You shouldn’t be either!
Here’s a few freezer meals that have been a staple in our house for a while:
I absolutely love this chicken broccoli rice casserole. I actually make it without the chicken and use it as a side dish. It pairs great with salmon! So easy to make and keeps great in the freezer. Store in a zip top bag and lay flat to freeze.
This honey lime tilapia is one of my favorite ways to make fish. Keep these in your freezer for a quick, tasty and healthy supper!
Of course fall always calls for some hearty chili! Grab my recipe for turkey chili to fill up your freezer.
And last but not least, I give you the Pioneer Woman’s sour cream noodle bake. This is comfort food to the max. Love having a pan of this in the freezer for those chilly fall nights!
So here’s what’s in my freezer! What are some of your favorite freezer staples this time of year? Let me know in the comments!
Happy Fall Y’all!