Take some of the work out of your weeknight dinner routine by freezing some of your meals ahead of time! When it comes to freezing meats and seafood, you can either freeze it cooked or uncooked.
Uncooked fish will last in the freezer for three to six months, while cooked and breaded fish will last two to three months. Uncooked shellfish is good for three to four months in the freezer, while cooked shellfish will last one to two months. Generally, uncooked ingredients maintain freshness longer when stored in the freezer. The ever-popular ground beef, for example, can be stored uncooked in the freezer for up to four months (as is the case with all ground meat). Cooked meat can last in the freezer two to three months.
To best freeze your meat, keep in mind that meat is best stored in meal-sized portions to prevent exposing other portions to the air while removing the amount you wish to reheat. Wrap your meat in either plastic wrap or foil and then place in a heavy-duty freezer bag to minimize the risk of freezer burn. To initially freeze your meat, spread your portions out in a single layer to freeze evenly. Once frozen, you can stack them to take up less space in your freezer.
These excellent dinner-starters can be made ahead and then frozen up to three months: