This month I had my first experience with freezer cooking. It was a bit of a process, but one that I think will get easier, the more I do it! And I can. not. tell. you. how awesome it feels to have 21 meals in the freezer ready to be cooked. Yes, 21 meals in one day! Here is how I did it.
The first thing of course, was finding the meals I wanted to make. This took lots of looking around the internet for freezer meals. What I found that I thought would be easiest for my first time are what some avid freezer cookers call "dump" meals. Meaning nothing is cooked, it is all "dumped" into a freezer bag uncooked and then on cook day, just pour it into the crock pot to cook for the day. Below is the list of meals I chose. Click on the link and it will bring you to the recipe!
**Breaded chicken tenders are not from a recipe. I just throw various things in bread crumbs such as garlic powder, parmesan cheese, dry ranch seasoning, etc. Whatever we have on hand. Dip the tenders in egg whites, then in the bread crumbs and bake in the oven.
***We have already tried the Honey Garlic Chicken and it was delicious! To see a picture of it all cooked, click here.
Breaded Chicken Tenders x3
Pork Tenderloin in Teriyaki sauce
Once I chose the meals, I then printed all the recipes to start making a grocery list. I made a list of everything I needed grouping together items so that I could see how much of each item I would need.
Now, I am ready to go! One thing I didn't think to do before I started was write on the bags before putting anything in them. I will definitely do that next time because it was a pain to write on them after.
Once all the meat was divided up and put into bags and the counters disinfected, I started making the marinades. I went one recipe at a time. I made the marinade in my stainless steel bowl. After I mixed it all I put it into the Ziploc with the meat.
|Apple BBQ Sauce|
|Honey Garlic Chicken|
I then rinsed the bowls and measuring cups and would start on the next recipe, until they were done. I did have to take a break to pick up Owen and have lunch with him. Then I continued. While he was in school, I made 14 meals in 2.5 hours. When he had a rest, I made 4 more meals and chicken tenders in 45 minutes. Then I cleaned up which took 30 minutes, but included wiping down the fronts of my cupboards and cleaning my stainless appliances because that needed to be done badly, even before I started this cooking craze!
21 meals in 3 hours and 15 minutes!
30 minutes of clean up
Not bad for my first time!
Any freezer cookers out there?? Tips or Suggestions for me?? I would love to hear from you!
Today I am thinking up with Krista at A Handful of Everything.