It’s time to do a little freezer cooking. I’m joining Life As Mom and Money Saving Mom and doing a little prep work this weekend. I’ll be getting up early Saturday morning to get a few groceries and then spending the afternoon(naptime) in the kitchen. I’m not going to do a huge amount, but I do want to get a little done to make dinner time easier.
Here’s what I have planned for Saturday:
Put Ham in Crockpot in the morning-We’ll have some of this for dinner Saturday night. The rest I’ll chop up and put in the fridge for potato soup, corn chowder, scalloped potatoes & ham, etc.
Start on making potatoes for the freezer-I’ll do diced, french fries, and mashed this time. I’ll even be able to use the diced potatoes for soups later!
Hamburger-make hamburger patties and freeze with wax paper and freezer bags. The rest I’ll brown and put into freezer bags(2.5cups browned hamburger=1pound). When I want to make chili, spaghetti, tacos, etc I just have to pull out a bag, add the seasonings, heat, and enjoy! One less step!
Bake some Cranberry Granola-a snack I know my son will eat. We’re trying to give him healthier snacks to see if that curbs his attitude(I think 3 is going to be worse than 2-he’s a strong-willed little man!)
Put together Sausage Egg Bake for the morning. I’ll pop it in the oven when we get up to enjoy Sunday morning before we head to church.
Make a pan of Cheesy Hashbrown Potatoes. We’ll eat some for dinner with green beans and then freeze the rest.
We didn’t end up having the potroast or french dip this past week so we’re going to have shredded beef tacos tonight. My brother and some friends are joining us to celebrate Abbie’s 1st birthday!-The menu plan changed drastically this week so I’ll update you on that tomorrow. I’ll also report back on the shredded beef and post the recipe. It should be tasty especially if I make some guacamole and pico de gallo to go with the tacos!-yummy!
How about you-do you freezer cook? Do you double recipes to eat one and freeze the other? Typically it’s easier to do a little here and there rather than a whole day of cooking, but either way it’s so great to have back up meals in the freezer for those nights you get home late or just don’t feel like cooking. It saves you time, but also money because you’re less likely to hit the drive-thru and pay a pretty penny for convenience. Make your freezer your source of convenience(a little work is required, but you’ll be so glad you did!)
For those of you wondering-I don’t have a large freezer. We have a side by side and the freezer is smaller than the fridge. A while back we purchased another small freezer(like a dorm size fridge) which is perfect for us. I freeze most things in freezer bags that I’ve gotten cheap or at the Dollar Tree and get everything as flat as possible. (I’ll post a picture later) It’s all in the stacking and organization-you’d be amazed at what you can fit into a small freezer!