I love preparing freezer meals because I am lazy like to plan ahead 😉 I figure I can fix a big batch of food at once then just freeze a few batches for later. I just need to remember to thaw them ahead of time, ha. My husband’s all-time favorite meatloaf comes from his Mom’s recipe. It has onion soup mix, ketchup, mustard, egg, and crushed saltines. It works with either ground beef or ground turkey (and I would think ground chicken would also work?). It bakes for 60-75 minutes, which is enough time to make everyone’s mouths water with anticipation because it smells so delicious. I also made this part of my SHOP ONCE, MAKE 10 FREEZER RECIPES post.

Mother-in-Law's Famous Meatloaf - uses ground beef or turkey.

Ok, a giant pile of raw meat in a bowl is not very appetizing but it shows a giant batch if you want to make a lot, then freeze for later (this was 10 lbs of meat, which made 5 meatloaves).

This recipe makes 2 loaves. WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 4 lbs. ground beef OR 4 lbs. ground turkey
  • 4 eggs
  • 16 crushed saltines
  • 2 envelopes onion soup mix
  • 1/2 c. ketchup
  • 2 Tbs. mustard

WHAT YOU DO to bake right away: 1. Mix all ingredients together. 2. Split in half and place each half in a loaf pan. 3. For each loaf, pour 1 c. water around the edges. 4. Bake at preheated 350F oven for 60-75 mins. WHAT TO DO if freezing (for up to 3 months): Do step 1 as listed above. Put batches of meatloaf (approx. 2 lbs each) in gallon-size ziplock bags, flatten so they store easier in the freezer, and use a Sharpie to label the name/date/instructions/etc. To prepare, thaw overnight in the fridge. Place contents in a loaf pan, pour 1 c. water around the edges, then bake in preheated 350F oven for 60-75 minutes.

And here is my all-time favorite meatloaf pan – it has an insert so the grease can drip down in the bottom of the pan as it bakes.

 

Mother in Law's Famous Meatloaf - just mix up and bake and OR freeze then bake.

Mother in Law's Famous Meatloaf - just mix up and bake and OR freeze (6)

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