Saturday, October 20, 2012

Freezer Cooking Day

Today I did my first freezer cooking day. I did a post back in June about my first attempt at freezer cooking with some crockpot meals, you can read about it here. This week I decided it was time to go bigger and better and started to plan what I wanted to prepare. I chose some more crockpot meals, breakfast burritos and muffins. I made my grocery list and got up early to go shopping. Once I arrived home (and had a snack) I started on the crockpot meals. I chose five recipes that would make a total of ten meals. Here is what I made and where the recipes can be found.
 It took me a total of 2 hours for these meals from start to finish (including dishes). Two hours for ten meals ready to go? I think that's a pretty sweet deal.

Most of the ingredients for my meals (missing carrots)

Farmer's Market garlic

Labeling each bag

All the veggies chopped up and divided

Voila! Each pile has two bags. 5 recipes, 10 meals
After completing this first step, I took a break for lunch and to switch  my laundry over to the dryer. Then I moved on to my next project. Breakfast burritos! I found a recipe for these on Pinterest. Well, I actually found two recipes and sort of mixed them together to create something that I wanted. I used this recipe and this recipe.

All the ingredients for breakfast burritos
 First, I fried up my sausages and peppers. The recipe called for ground sausage but I bought these from a local butcher shop and then chopped them up once they were cooked. It worked out fine, just a little extra work.


Next I fried up the hashbrowns. I didn't get a picture of them though so just imagine how they looked in the frying pan. :P Lastly I made my scrambled eggs.


Once all the food was prepped and put into separate bowls, I set up my work station.


This next part was slightly tedious and I had to keep rearranging the food to make sure each burrito had approximately the same amount of filling. But don't they look good?



Rolling definitely took the cake for the longest part of the burritos. Maybe I don't have the right technique or something but I felt like it was awkward and time consuming. Here is my tower of breakfast burritos! I made 20 of them.


Then I put them into Ziploc freezer bags to keep them fresh. When I want to eat one, I'll just take out a little burrito, remove the tin foil and microwave. Seems easy enough!


By this point I had a headache and was starting to feel queasy so I took a small break to call home and flaunt my accomplishments of the day. Of course my sister had done more than me. Oh well, I'm still proud of myself.

Next were the muffins! I still have a ridiculous amount of apples to use up so most baking I've been doing lately has revolved around apples. I found an awesome recipe for Cinnamon Apple Muffins. Here is the link if you are interested. They are really easy and taste great. Definitely my new go to apple muffin recipe.

Cinnamon Apple Muffins
 While the oven was on, I thought I'd whip up some peanut butter cookies. I've been craving desserts lately and didn't have anything in the house. I doubt these will make it to the freezer though...


And as a bonus, we made pancakes for supper. So I doubled the recipe and will be freezing the leftovers.

Blueberry Pancakes
Overall, my day was a success. I'm exhausted now but am feeling very accomplished and my freezer is looking great. I know I will appreciate all my hard work in the weeks to come when I'm crazy busy doing homework and exams. I think I may start doing this more often.

2 comments:

  1. Yay! I'm so glad your freezer cooking day was a success! The meals look healthy and delicious. Way to go Jenn!

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  2. The muffins look amazing and thanks for posting the links to the recipes. I'm definitely going to be trying the curry one.

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