Cooking for the Freezer
Last week the weather cooled down quite a bit and even rained. I decided that I would do some cooking for the freezer. When we do have hot days I really don’t like spending them in the kitchen and I don’t like heating up the house. So I put together a lot of meal starters. Here is what I have in the freezer…
Lots of bags of cooked beans (12 or 15 quart bags with about 3 cups of beans in them). I cooked up a mix of pinto beans, red beans and black beans.
Roast beef – I cooked about 7 or 8lbs of beef roast in the crockpot and then pulled off the bones and fat and shredded the meat and added some salt and onions and let that cook a little longer and then bagged it all up. I ended up with about 5 or 6 bags of cooked beef that has 2 to 3 cups in each bag
Chicken – I bought 2 organic chickens and cooked those in the crockpot. I deboned the meat and bagged it up. I got 4 bags of chicken with 3 cups in each bag. I then cooked the bones in water to make broth and had 5 quart bags of chicken broth.. I thought that was a lot of good mileage from my 2 chickens!
Hamburger – I cooked 7lbs of hamburger with an onion and salt. I then added a can of diced tomatoes and a can of tomato sauce. I divided this into 7 bags (about 2 1/2 cups per bag).
Beef Broth – I already had beef broth that I made a few weeks ago.. somewhere around 20 cups.
Brown Rice – I cooked up a big batch of brown rice in my rice cooker and divided that and froze several bags.
Here is how I can use all this food…
Tacos: cooked beans and cooked meat (beef, hamburger or chicken) combine and add seasonings or add a bag of hamburger and a bag of beans to a big tossed green salad and have taco salad
Spaghetti: mix a bag of hamburger with spaghetti sauce
Casseroles: mix any combination of meat and beans or meat and rice and add a sauce of choice (tomato, alfredo, organic can of mushroom soup, etc…) and top with a little cheese and bake outside in my roaster over. Or any type of chicken casserole like ranch house chicken casserole or chicken lasagna or chicken n’ gravy or chicken green bean casserole.. you get the idea!! Or hamburger casseroles.. the list is endless..
Beef and Beans over Rice: mix a bag of beef with a bag of beans and add any seasonings (I like to add
Soups: using the broth and meat and rice and adding a few veggies makes a yummy soup
And that names just a few.. really the list is endless and now I have some time to enjoy being outside and working in the garden and spending time with the family..