My husband is an over-the-road truck driver and is typically gone 30-35 days, then home for 4 or 5. While he is out, I cook as if he were home. Then I freeze individual portions of whatever I cooked (labeled with date and name).
When I need something for lunch or am just too tired to cook dinner that night, I pull one of those pre-cooked frozen dinners out and have a good dinner! Also when he comes home, he will raid the freezer when it is time for him to go back out again for whatever individual dinners I have frozen! Then he has home-cooked food for dinner even when he is on the other side of the country from home!
By Sheila from Port St. John, FL
You are a sweet wife! I'm sure he really appreciates your effort and good food..........and he is probably the envy of many truckers he talks to on the road!
My hat's off to you BOTH. You for keeping your hubby healthy, happy, and likely away from the greasy-spoons and lot-lizards hanging on their every word and mile! To him for being willing to eat the wonderful REAL home cooked meals you pack with love! Trucking is a tough job. Heads up: Check out the Real ID ACT, RFID, Digital Mark, Security and Prosperity Partnership of 2005, and all the info
regarding how truckers will have to be "chipped"!! Don't do it! )
I think this is a great idea!!!
Home cooked meals sounds alot better than eating at all the truckstops all the time, so I'm sure he really appreciates your thinking of him while he is out!!
I'm sure this would work in family settings as well!! Cook a little extra/freeze/then you have a handy dandy meal when you need it!!!
Thanks for the idea and keep up the great meals!!!
Sheila, do you have a favorite type of container to freeze your meals in?
I don't understand how the food is kept from spoiling for the amount of time he is on the road -- 30-35 days? Please share this with us.
My mother taught me to do this very same thing many years ago when I was first starting out on my own, in my own apartment with a full time job. Often, after much overtime, it would be nearly midnight before I arrived home and those frozen, pre-cooked meals made my life so much easier, where, without these I would probably have gone without eating dinner as I was just too tired to cook after nearly 10 hours at work and another 2 hours (or more if delays) on the subway. Eating out was not an option for me so this saved me much money. I would often take these frozen meals in a thermal sack to work and keep refrigerated and at lunch would simply pop the portion into the microwave for a few minutes. Viola, hot lunch!
By the way, those weekends when I'd not much on my agenda would be spent cooking up these meals, getting them ready for the week(s) ahead. After having children, this was a wonderful way to spend even more time with the kids during the week after school, rather than cooking. Often, the kids and I would cook these meals up together on the weekends...great way to spend even MORE time together! Well, I hope everyone enjoys this tip.
There is a Crock Pot/Slow Cooker now that can be plugged into the cigarette lighter in a car or truck. Maybe this would expand the meals choices for your husband. http://www.livingincomfort.com/ro12slcopocr.html
There all kinds of thing to plug into car outlets.
Hi there, My husband has only a cooler to keep his food cold, if I made meals and froze them solid how long do you think they would keep? He is typically gone 60-90 days at a time and I don't want to send too much out with him. I know that they won't last the full time he is out but we are desperate for some money saving! Also, what kind of meals do you usually send out with him? Thank you very much!
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