Freezer Cooking Catch Up
I have not been feeling awesome this weekend.
Not sure what is up, but I am happy to mope around home and not eat much.
The timing of my flu is inconvenient with school starting next week. (although very thankful to not be in gall bladder removal surgery!) I am doing some work at home from my computer and doing small tasks that will help me out when I can get to school.
One “small” task is freezer cooking.
I am not doing “Once A Month” cooking, but having some prepared meals in the freezer will save money two ways…
- I can utilize bulk sale items and free garden produce
- I will not be tempted to buy dinner on the way home from work
Freezer meals are also very convenient! With only a little preparation you can have a few meals in your freezer too. Even my mopey self could figure it out.
Here’s what I did…
- Took some chicken from the freezer, put it in the slow cooker with water to cover, and cooked on high for three hours.
- I sliced up bell peppers and onions and divided them between three gallon freezer bags.
- I added some water and seasonings from each bag.
- I shredded the chicken and divided it in the bags.
- Freezer bags were laid on a cookie sheet and frozen. Now they are “filed” away in the freezer. Tra la! Chicken Fajitas.
- I put the cooking water in the fridge overnight and today I skimmed the fat off.
- In the water I put a pound of stew meat, carrots, onions, potatoes, cabbage, and diced tomatoes.
- The beef stew is simmering away and will be dinner tomorrow (hopefully I will want to eat it!). Extra stew will be packaged in quart bags.
When work gets busy I can find something in the freezer, add some rice or cornbread, and have dinner on the table in minutes.
I have packaged the meals in four portions so Spencer and I will have enough for lunch the next day.
Have you tried freezer cooking before? What suggestions can you offer?