The last two weeks have been very busy. But the beauty of it is that I haven’t cooked dinner during that time (short of throwing a couple chicken breasts in the oven). The reason? Freezer cooking!
On Black Friday, we bought a Chest Freezer. It took about two weeks for us to get it situated, add an outlet and then, I started cooking. Most of the dishes I made came out of Don’t Panic – Dinner’s in the Freezer. I am loving this cookbook!
You can read my basics of Freezer Cooking here. Instead of having my usual 2-7 frozen meals at time, the chest freezer has allowed me to do so much more.
Here’s what has been in the freezer over the last month: 2 Chicken Tortilla Soups, 5 lbs of Taco Meat, Buttermilk Herb Chicken, Beef Picante Pie, Turkey Chili, 2 Bags of Mix Meat (Beef, Onion, Green Pepper and Shredded Carrot), Colorado White Chili, Pizza, 2 Chicken a la Kings, 2 Lasagnas, Continental Beef, 2 Cottage Pies, Pork Loin, Bacon Roll-Ups, 2 Santa Fe Hot Dip (WOW!) not to mention smaller portion soups for Dan to take to work. (I love a full freezer!)
Plus, in the beginning of January, I bought a 16lb ham for $1.17/lb. Dan helped me carve it and we made 52 Ham & Swiss Sandwiches (the most awesome recipe of my mother-in-law’s – soon to share), Honey Dijon Ham Steaks, 2 Cups of Cubed Ham, 4 Cups Diced Ham ready for my Breakfast Casseroles, Diced Ham to add to salads, and enough Sliced Ham for 20 additional sandwiches.
I was so into building a mega-stash that instead of trying to cook one freezer friendly meal a week by doubling what I was already serving, I ended up choosing two freezer meals each week and cooking it times three. This gave me one meal for dinner and two to freeze.
A Couple Other Things:
- I have found that cooking three of something really isn’t a whole lot more work than cooking one.
- I am getting ready to plan another co-op freezer cooking day with some friends. Want to learn more about doing it yourself? Go here.
- The companion book from which I am also cooking is Don’t Panic–More Dinner’s in the Freezer. I’ve made some great things out of here as well!
- One thing I love about having a frozen meal stash is that I was easily able to take meals to two new moms this month and also a meal to a family who had just moved.