Jul 20, 2008

Let the cooking begin!

Tomorrow morning I am going to the store to buy supplies to cook for my freezer.
A lot of people like to do what is called Once a Month Cooking.
I have never done that really, I just double or triple our usual meals and freeze family meal sized portions for later.
It's so nice to be able to pull out a whole family meal from the freezer when I'm not in the mood to cook or my schedule is too busy to spend hours in the kitchen.

Today, I pulled out a smoked pork loin.
Threw it in the microwave.
Made some mashed potatoes & Green beans.
And we had a wonderful dinner!
It takes all day to smoke a pork loin.
And it's no more work to smoke three or four at a time than it is to smoke one.

So we ate one when I cooked em, and vacuum sealed the others with some of it's juices for later. It was perfect!

Over the next few days I plan to make a few meals for the freezer...

Bacon Wrapped stuffed chicken breasts. (24 of em!)
Worlds Best Italian Meatballs. (great for lots of uses later!)
Lil' cheddar meatloaves. (16 individual sized meatloaves)
2 Chicken Enchilada casseroles
2 King Ranch Chicken casseroles
2 Ravioli Lasagnas
Spinach & Sausage Stuffed Shells (30 of them)
2 Perogy Lasagnas

I'll post the recipes and freezing tips for each as I go.
Cross your fingers and lets get ready to cook and fill those freezers!!!
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  1. Walla Walla StephJuly 20, 2008 at 10:31 PM

    Awesome! What a great idea!! I'm so excited. I've been in a "supper slump". My family is tired of spaghetti, chili, and fend-for-yourself.

  2. Wow! You have a hungry freezer! I should do something like this; it would save so much time in the long run. Not to sound so "Freezer cooking 101", but what kind of containers do you freeze them in? How do you label everything?

  3. I use my vacuum sealer. I seal them up in the bags and label the bags with a Sharpie marker.

    If I am freezing something that will schmoosh when I vacuum seal it, I flash freeze it first on a cookie sheet then seal them right on up. Things vacuum sealed last forever and there is NO freezer burn! not to mention they take up much less room in the freezer.

    I'll post some pics of the finished products when I'm done. :)

  4. Thanks for the freezing 101 info, Dana! For those of us who are freezing novices, this type of info helps a lot. I even have a lovely chest freezer out in the garage just begging to hold something homemade! Looking forward to seeing your pics!


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