I consider it quite fortuitous that Money Saving Mom is hosting another Freezer Cooking Day at the exact same time that I need to do some freezer-cooking anyway.
I was almost completely out of meat , and today was very happy to find that both boneless/skinless chicken breasts and 93% lean ground beef were on sale at my buy-price of 1.99/lb.
Tonight I plan to brown all 12 lbs of ground beef. If you read this post where I explain my method (or madness) you’ll see how I often also pre-cook some patties, but for time’s sake, I will just brown it this time. This will make it possible to have lots of easy meals in the future.
Tomorrow I plan to trim and separate into dinner sized portions all 14 lbs of chicken breasts. I’ll cook enough for supper tomorrow night and at least two more meals worth to freeze for quick and easy suppers. If we have already grilled chicken breasts in the freezer, I can make a quick side and have supper ready in minutes so we can get to all the baseball practices and games coming up next month.
I also plan to cook a crock-pot full of beans. We’ll have them tomorrow night with our supper and then I’ll freeze the rest in quart sized freezer bags to add to taco soup or other meals in the future.
For breakfasts, I’ll slice up some more bananas to freeze and bag portions of my “ready-to-go” smoothies that I posted about yesterday.
I also recently made another batch of 30 ham-egg-and-cheese breakfast pockets. I used ham this time instead of bacon, since it was on sale. They turned out quite ugly since I forgot to flour the surface when I rolled out the dough, but according to hubby they’re perfectly fine. He has really been enjoying having them for breakfasts. As he says, “They’re power-packed.”
As the weather is warming up, I can feel myself relaxing as I anticipate the glorious freedom of summertime. Of course, in this journey to get my home under control, I do fear that the lack of routine in the summer will undo some of the progress I’ve made. But I’m thinking a lot about how I can adjust and keep the progress going. I’ll be sharing some of my ideas soon.
One thing I know from experience is that the best way to combat chaos in the kitchen is to have pre-cooked chicken and beef ready to go in the freezer, making supper-prep so much easier and excuse-proof.
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