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Old 09-18-2010, 06:59 PM   #1
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I found this great resource for freezer cooking! It's a 7 page PDF. I printed it out and put it into my freezer/investment cooking notebook. The recipes are easy to make and really yummy. There's a master recipe for chicken with four recipes to freeze and one with ground beef with four recipes to freeze. This tells you exactly how to prepare and make all the meals. This is the PDF:

http://www.ca.uky.edu/HES/fcs/factshts/FN-SSB.095.PDF

And this is the the shopping list. I made this up myself:

Make-Ahead Meals Shopping List

For chicken dishes:

2 whole chickens approximately 6 lbs each
lb bacon
8 heads garlic
10 oz pkg mushrooms
1 lb carrots
2 cups Monterey Jack cheese shredded
1 cup cheddar cheese - shredded
15 oz can black beans
15 oz can great northern beans
10 oz jar salsa
10 oz pkg frozen peas
16 oz pkg broccoli florets
8 oz pkg cauliflower florets
8 large flour tortillas
1 pkg Jiffy cornbread mix (or use your own)

For beef dishes:

2 lbs ground beef or turkey
1 green pepper
1 jalapeno pepper (optional)
4 cups four cheese blend shredded
15 oz container cottage cheese
2 15 oz cans kidney beans
6 28 oz cans whole tomatoes with juice
1 6 oz can tomato paste
1 lb lasagna noodles
1 lb penne
2 10 oz pkg refrigerated pizza dough (or make your own)

You will also need:

Parmesan cheese
Olive oil
Flour
Butter
Eggs
Salt, pepper and dried sage, thyme, rosemary, basil, oregano, parsley, cumin and chili powder
Milk
Onions
Chicken broth

The only recipe that doesn't interest me is the last one for pizza sauce. But it only uses 2 cups of sauce so instead of making that I just use two extra cups of sauce in something else.

Enjoy!

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Thanks for posting. I'd really like to start doing freezer meals this fall.
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Thanks for posting. I'd really like to start doing freezer meals this fall.
I've started and it's very helpful, especially on those crazy days!
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Thank you! This is going in my binder as well
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I wanna do this too, it's easier at night to pull something out of the freeze and cook it, instead of cooking something from scratch when Angelica is in bed. I am only cooking for me, so this could save lots of money I wanna get those pyrex dishes that are dishwasher, freezer and oven safe, with rubber lids (Obv not oven safe lol)
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Do you put all the meals in ziplock or throw away tins? Maybe I should open the PDF but I didn't see either mentioned on the shopping list. I go to a meal prep place and it's either ziploc or tins for every meal.
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I love doing freezer meals! I just did my first full month's worth a couple weeks ago for my blog. I wish I had had these recipes for then! Thanks for sharing (I'll add them to my list)! And yes, it is WONDERFUL to know that i don't have to cook all month!
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Do you put all the meals in ziplock or throw away tins? Maybe I should open the PDF but I didn't see either mentioned on the shopping list. I go to a meal prep place and it's either ziploc or tins for every meal.
From the PDF:

"To free up baking pans, line the pan with
heavy‐duty aluminum foil. Leave enough
overhang around the pan to cover the
casserole and seal foil. Add ingredients and
bake if desired. Cool, cover, and seal
airtight. When frozen, remove the foil from
the pan, and place the foil package in the
freezer. To reheat, simply peel foil from
food, place it back in the original baking
pan, and bake as directed."
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From the PDF:

"To free up baking pans, line the pan with
heavy‐duty aluminum foil. Leave enough
overhang around the pan to cover the
casserole and seal foil. Add ingredients and
bake if desired. Cool, cover, and seal
airtight. When frozen, remove the foil from
the pan, and place the foil package in the
freezer. To reheat, simply peel foil from
food, place it back in the original baking
pan, and bake as directed."
I do this and it works really well. I have 4 of the same size pyrex dishes and just line them with foil, freeze the food, then pop it out and put it in a ziplock. When it is time to thaw and cook I just take it out of the bag, peel of the foil, and pop the frozen block into a pan.
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