I've been reading a blog, Life as Mom, for a year now and have always wanted to try her freezer cooking techniques. In the past, I've sporatically made a double batch of whatever I was cooking and froze the other half of a casserole for use on another night, but this project is a modest undertaking for a woman in my condition.
Picking 6 of our families favorite dinners I consulted the recipes and made a list of all the ingredients and quantities needed. I was slightly discussed when I tallied 12 pounds of beef total, but that yeilds oh so much in the end.
In only 4 hours I made all this! While the kids were home! They asked, "Why is the counter covered in food?"
This being my largest freezer cooking to date I learned a couple things.
- A scale is your friend. Weighing meat and cheese was super easy.
- Buy in Bulk. I got a Costco membership for Christmas, thanks Diana! Not only was the price per oz. cheaper for cheese, eggs and bacon, I only had to open one container and there was little waste from packaging!
- A food processor rocks! I normally don't like the texture of onions when they are cut in the Cuisinart , but it sure beats chopping 5 lbs. of onion by hand!
- Have something easy for dinner. I had just sat down when Daddy came home and was ready for dinner. Baked fish and Fries are easy but I still had to get up and cook what I had taken out of the freezer that morning.
- Write instructions on the top of containers if possible. While I'm in the hospital, Daddy might need a little guidance.