Thursday, November 18, 2010

Preparing for Baby: Freezer Cooking Plan

I have started really cranking through my Freezer Cooking Plan, as our baby is to arrive sometime mid-January. I am trying to keep our Thanksgiving and Christmas as "normal" as possible, but still getting prepared for that crazy time when a baby is welcomed into your family!

Here is my formal plan of what I would like to have in freezer:

Pizza Dough Balls (10 crusts) + 10 - 8 oz bags shredded mozzarella cheese

Manicotti  (2 meals) (2 8 x 8 pans) with 2 loaves garlic bread (already in freezer)

Sweet & Sour Chicken (3 meals)with 3 bags white rice (already in freezer)

Lime Pepper Dump Chicken (2 meals)

Jenna’s Chili with stew meat (2 meals)

Comfort Meatballs (2 meals) (2 8 x8 pans)

Baked Oatmeal breakfast (24 indiv servings)

Cookie Dough Balls dessert

This brings the grand total of dishes created to 10 pizzas, 11 meals, 24 individual breakfasts, and 1 dessert.

I have experiemented with Freezer Cooking while working with Dinner is Ready, and my friend Lindsay has also guest posted about her experiences with Freezer Cooking.  I'm hoping to draw on all the tips mentioned in those posts, plus some things I've picked up along the way.

I've also been doing some other dishes ahead of this structured cooking day, like Pancakes, Egg & Sausage Biscuit Sandwiches, and Mini Egg Casseroles. I also made a double batches of Goulash, and Cinnamon Rolls. I also posted on Facebook that I made Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes and Oven Fried Potato Wedges from an on-sale 5 pound bag of potatoes I picked up.

As you can see, I have done alot of individual breakfasts. We are anticipating on having extra hands starting in mid-morning, so I wanted to take some of the pressure off my husband (heck, myself!) having to whip up breakfast each day. He loves pancakes and baked oatmeal, while I love eggs. My son eats just about anything in the morning, so hopefully we have it all covered. I might try freezing prepared Granola as that is our quick-breakfast backup. I might even have to break down and buy some boxes of cereal *gasp!*

I have another list for more freezer cooking, but I'm going to wait to see how much freezer room we have after the first big cooking day. On the backup list, I have Crockpot Taco Meat, Mexican Rice,  and Refried Beans.

Anyone have any tips for a freezer meal cooking day?

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