Monday, January 9, 2012

Freezer Cooking Afternoon

My garage freezer - with emergency chocolate chip stash!
I decided to start doing more freezer cooking as my late afternoons are very hectic. I had a few meals in the freezer that I pulled out last week: my afternoons were calm, with no rushing around to whip up dinner.  My husband even commented that cleanup after dinner had been a breeze. So why not stock the freezer and have more simplified days?

I bought a 40 pound case of boneless skinless chicken breast from Zaycon foods. This was my first experience with them, overall I was pleased with the $1.69 per pound price, and the ease of picking up the the case. My pickup day was Saturday from 8-9 am , so I planned the rest of the day to be my cooking day.

The chicken comes in a "butterflied" piece with the two chicken breasts connected, so I had to spend some time cutting and trimming the pieces. This was not a big deal to me, since I cut all the pieces into 4 oz portions, so I knew I would have lots of cutting time.

Some of these recipes are in Creatively Domestic's Freezer Cooking ebook, so if you're interested, please check that out! It's available in Kindle, Nook, and Google ebook format, but you can download a Kindle reader for PC or for Mac  if you would like to read it on your computer.

This is not only what we will eat in the next month - I am planning to use two or three of these a week, so this will stretch my time (and money) investment.

So here's what I all got accomplished on my freezer cooking afternoon:

Plain Chicken Breasts - 8 meals
Chicken in marinade for the grill - 4 meals
Grilled chicken, fully cooked (for lunches & salads) - 4 meals

Chicken Parmesan - 2 meals

Citrus Teriyaki Chicken (new recipe from $5 Dinners) - 1 meal
Spicy Peanut Chicken (new recipe from Don't Panic - More Dinner's in the Freezer) - 1 meal

The day before I tacked a 10 pound bag of potatoes and made:

White Rice - 2 meals

Meals I planned for, but didn't get to:

Also, that morning while I was prepping the chicken I threw together a new slow cooker recipe for dinner: Slow Cooker Sweet Garlic BBQ Chicken from More Make It Fast, Cook It Slow

It was a busy day but I got 25 main dishes & 10 side dishes in the freezer.  Thanks to everyone who sent recipes and well wishes! We are eatin' well in this house!

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