Friday, September 10, 2010

Freezer Cooking - My First Shot at This!


What are these you ask?  My first attempt at freezer cooking, that's what!

Those, my friends, are three pork stir fry packets, meat on top and then veggies.  All frozen and ready to cook up on our stir fry pan for a quick easy meal with some rice and fruit.

Now that school is in full swing for all 4 of us, life is officially Busy (yes, with a capital B!).  And since John is doing the cooking 3 nights a week now, I wanted to make it easy on him, since he's working 40+ hours a week (usually it's 50+) and taking 3 classes this semester!  So I decided we needed some things that we can just pull out of the freezer and cook.

Now, I don't care much for 'freezer' foods - casseroles, meatloaf and things like that are just not typically on the menu. Oh, they're okay once in a while, but not on a daily basis.  Also, I really dislike the texture of bread that has been frozen, so baking my bread in advance is out (though that would have saved me a LOT of time!). 

So what's a girl to do? 

Here's the game plan:

  • Three packets of pork stir fry mix (meat and veggies) Done! (pictured above!)

  • Four packs of chicken stir fry mix (meat and veggies)

  • Two packets of beef stir fry mix (meat and veggies)

  • Two packets of shrimp stir fry mix (shrimp and veggies)

  • Leftover veggies into veggie stir fry packets (number to come...)

  • 3 whole pizzas to freeze (half cheese and half veggie/chicken)

  • 4 small cheese pizzas

  • 4 BBQ chicken, broccoli and onion calzones

  • 4 veggie calzones

  • chicken broth

  • 16 bean soup with ham stock

  • 6 packets diced grilled chicken (for salads and such)

  • tomato sauce (in the crock pot)

  • granola

  • 4 packets oatmeal muffin mix

  • 4 packets baking powder biscuit mix

  • 2 packets cornbread mix

  • 3 packets pancake mix

  • Oatmeal M&M Cookies
A very ambitious list I do realize.  I think it's manageable. 

Why?
The stir fry packets only require cutting and bagging, not actual cooking. 
Similarly, the pizzas and calzones require making the dough, cutting the toppings and assembling, not actual cooking. 
The dry mixes just require bagging and adding a typed card (which I already have) with the remainder of the recipe on it. 
The broth, soup and tomato sauce are done in the crock pot (and I can let that run overnight if I need to). 
And I actually like making the granola - and it's easy, something that is easy to mix, just long to cook.

The cookies are the only real 'cooking' I have to do and they really aren't for the freezer - just a nice treat for the kids and John for lunch next week.

My plan is to work on this little bit by little bit over the next week in my snippets of time (and after I buy another 2 5lb bags of flour and hit the farmer's market for some more veggies).  I'll update at the end of the week so you can see what all got done!

Are you trying out or an old pro at freezer cooking?  You can share your Freezer Cooking Plan at Money Saving Mom!

4 comments:

  1. Hi Lea,
    wow! Can you share your cornbread mix? I wish i could have time to do half the things on your list! I just need to write out a schedule, and my list. Thanks for insyte into your plan!

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  3. HI Deb,

    You accidentally posted your comment twice! OOps! (That's why the 'second' comment was deleted.)

    I'll post about the mixes on Monday, how about that? Honestly, my cornbread recipe isn't fancy and comes straight out of my cookbook!

    Have a great weekend and good luck with your freezer cooking plan!

    Lea

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  4. Wow! You are planning a lot! I love your attitude though. :) Good Luck!

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