Sunday, August 7, 2011
My Freezer Cooking Weekend
Now that we have a small chest freezer, I decided to give freezer cooking a serious try. I feel pretty successful in that I was able to store away in the freezer a good selection of foods in the limited amount of time I had over the weekend. Now that I'm getting the hang of it, I want to gradually add to my stash of freezer foods.
Here is a list of what I accomplished:
2 gallon freezer bags and 1 quart bag of homemade vegetable beef soup, using our home grown tomatoes as the main ingredient
1 chicken pot pie and dressing for 3 adults
5 bags of chicken broth containing 2 cups each and 1 quart bag containing 4 cups
Italian chicken cooked and ready to reheat. I will add mozzarella cheese on top before baking.
1 bag of 20 Italian meatballs.
1 family size chicken tetrazzini
1 meatloaf mix (unbaked)
1 bag containing 2 cups of cubed baked chicken
1 pan of bbq chicken that I put in the fridge to be eaten Tuesday night.
6 individually wrapped brownies.
I made a huge pot of the vegetable beef soup and wanted to only put the amount of soup needed for a meal in one bag. These are the mugs that we like to use for soup, so I measured out how much each mug holds and then put that much in each bag. Each mug holds 3 cups, so I put 6 cups of the soup in each bag.
Some brownies for now....
And some for later in the freezer. My hubby can put a frozen brownie in his lunch bag and by lunch time it will be thawed and ready to eat.
I will use these meatballs to make spaghetti and meatballs, sweet and sour or bbq meatballs. If they taste good, I plan to make several more bags because they were easy to make and freeze well. I laid them out on a plate to freeze individually before putting them in the freezer bag.
Here the chicken tetrazzini was cooling before I put it a gallon size freezer bag. When I am ready to serve it, I will let it thaw in the fridge, then put it in a baking dish and add some cheese on top.
I also made some tomato juice for my hubby. I put some in the fridge for him to drink while it was fresh...
and these freezer containers hold more for later.
I think having some meals and meal starters in the freezer will make a huge difference in the ease of menu planning. We'll see!
This post in linked to Stone Gable's "ON THE MENU MONDAY".
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