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Have you ever heard of a Freezer Swap Party? I hadn't until my sister Jenna introduced me to her swap, so I went and observed her it with many of her friends. It is a great idea, you make one meal and then go and swap out your meals with the other freezer meals that your friends bring. The goal is to have your freezer stocked with meals that are ready to be thrown into the oven and cook without any preparation.
If this is something that you would like to do with your friends, many of the women that participated said that you have to research things that freeze well. You can't have everything freeze and cook correctly, so make sure that you do your research beforehand.
Here is how it works:
1.) Everyone makes a freezer meal of their choice, and brings enough for everyone that is going to be at the meal swap. This is great because you only have to purchase enough food to make 1 meal, so you can watch the sales and stock up on items that are on sale. Your meal has to be marked with what it is, cooking directions, and preferably packaged in an oven safe dish.
2.) Set a night every month to meet at someone's home. Everyone brings their freezer meals that they have previously made and frozen, and place them all on the dining room table. You bring the amount of items that you would like to bring home. For instance, if you have a small freezer and can only fit 4 freezer meals in there, you only bring 4 meals and leave with 4 meals.
3.) You can do the swap anyway you want, but my sister said that her way works the best for their group. Here is how she does it; she writes down how many meals everyone has brought – the person who brought the most gets to pick a meal first. After the first person picks her meal, the person that brought the next highest amount of meals get to choose. This continues until everyone has chosen their first meal, and they continue the rotation over and over again until all the meals are gone.
4.) All participants agree on a a price point. They expect to go home with a $10 meal, this includes the storage container! This way you have a quailty meal that feeds 4-6 people.
5.) The items do not all need to be put in the oven, they do many crockpot dishes as well. My sister creates a Facebook Page and every month they post what they are going to bring before the actual event, that way they don't have duplicates.
6.) Discuss any possible food allergies before hand – many of the ladies in this group had dairy sensitivities, so many of the dishes were dairy free.
For more Freezer Cooking Recipes – check out my Recipes section.
Have you ever participated in a Freezer Meal Swap? Do you think that this is something you would do for your family!