Monday, August 9, 2010

Freezer Cooking

You might remember that one of the tasks on my "pre-baby nesting projects" list was to stock my freezer with some pre-made food for once the baby is born.

Over the past few weeks, I've been trying to chip away at this and on Saturday, my SIL, Logi, and I tackled this task big.time.

While we were in University, we usually had one big freezer cooking day at the beginning of each semester so that we would have meals to fall back on during the busy times. Now that I'm expecting a baby in September and she's going back to her job at the most chaotic time of year in September, we decided it would be great to keep up the tradition.

We had planned, wrote lists, and done our shopping previously in the week so when we woke up Saturday morning we were ready to get to work.

The kitchen got messy and our feet got tired but over the course of the day, we made 4 lasagnas, 5 pizza casseroles (recipe coming soon), a large pot of chili, 8 mini meatloaves (recipe coming), and 99 meatballs (recipe coming) to split between the two of us.

After adding this to the bits and pieces that I've done over the past few weeks, my freezer is now stocked full of meals that are mostly portioned to feed the two of us, but some are bigger in case we have company.

Here's the list:
5 beans and rice
6 lentil-rice soup
2 dozen twice baked potatoes
2 dozen breakfast burritos (well, at least there were two dozen - I know the Dude has already managed to make his way into these before work in the mornings ... maybe they won't even last until baby arrives)
6 Mexi-chicken
18 Blueberry Zucchini Muffins
BBQ Venison
2 dozen Cheesy Zucchini Muffins
2 Lasagnas
3 Pizza Casseroles
4 Mini Meatloaves
49 Meatballs
2 Chili

Plus a few things I've picked up on sale:
6 packages of bagels
3 packages English muffins
10 tortillas

I'm hoping to do another few dozen muffins and some loaves of bread for toast and the Dude's sandwiches when the time gets closer but for now, I think we're all set!

What are some of your favorite freezer recipes?


Llama said...

I wish, really really wish that I had some good recipes for you but i have to admit i never use my freezer. I am so jealous that you are so awesome at it and have definitely been inspired. I have to try some of the recipes! I am always so scared bc i dont know how long things will do you know?! help!!

SnoWhite said...

Awesome, my friend! This must feel wonderful :)

If you're looking for a sweet treat to have in the freezer, I highly recommend cinnamon zucchini cake. It makes a big batch and freezes really well. Top a small slice with cream cheese frosting and you have a delightful treat!

Oh... I might also recommend having some cookie dough in the freezer -- you might want a sweet treat every now and then :)

Brittany Ann said...

You're going really well! And I'm going to try this pizza casserole ASAP!

Laura said...

These may be silly questions, but I read about making meals and freezing them too for when baby arrives and I was just wondering, how long will things last once frozen and are there certain things that can't be frozen? I've never really frozen food myself...I just buy frozen meals and put leftovers in the fridge. lol.

Gina said...

Such a great idea. Too bad I am too lazy to do it myself!

Carey said...

Totally wish I would have done better in the freezer meal dept. Thankfully my mom and Jon's parents brought, cooked and froze many meals worth during the first few days of Caleb's life.

The meals really are a lifesaver!!

Emily said...

Sheesh...leave something for the church folks (and your family) to bring you after the baby's born. :)

Seriously, that's amazing! You're going to be so glad to have all the pre-made meals in the months to come. I need some of your inspiration.

Carey said...

Left you something on my blog! :)

Lisa said...

Wow, I'm impressed. It takes me all day to get around to freezing a small bag of carrots. I can't believe you have all this food!

I can't wait to blog-meet your baby, soon!

Also, for some reason I thought you called the dude, dudey. As in dude + daddy. And then I started laughing in my office like an idiot because of "dudey."

Lucky in Love said...

You are amazing. You must have the biggest freezer in the history of freezers :)

Mandi @ Finding Home said...

I can't wait to hear about this pizza casserole. That sounds so yummy! I like to have some precooked shredded chicken and in the freezer for quick sandwiches or wraps. And cookie dough. Gotta have the cookie dough. :)

Shaina said...

Wow! This is hard core. I also love that you made 49 meatballs. Did you REALLY make 50 and decide to sample one? Do tell.

also - I laughed out loud at Lisa's comment. Dudey. Giggle.