Monday, February 1, 2010

Freezer Cooking Day 1---Success!

So, I decided to start my freezer cooking day YESTERDAY.  It hit me that it would be much easier and much less stressful having the hubby home to, either, help me, or help with the kiddos.  Boy, did it work!!!!  I'm going to have to do that EVERY TIME!!!  Mark was such a big help to me in the kitchen---we got so much done and had a great time doing it!

Here's what we accomplished yesterday:

  • Taco Meat x6  (We used part of the meat at lunch on Nachos!)

  • Chili--4 containers

  • Spaghetti Sauce--4 containers

  • 12 1bs chicken---shredded

  • Chicken stock made  (not pictured, but we got 2 jars made)

  • 3 lbs of meatballs

  • 8 lbs of bananas chopped

As usual, the kids LOVE chopping bananas!

Joyful Anna watching all the action!

And, not only that, but, Mark had to run a few errands, and he saw that the AMAZING ground beef clearance was STILL ON at Safeway, but this time, it was only 28 cents/pound!!!!  He bought TWENTY more pounds of ground beef for only:  $5.60!!!!! But, hello!!!  We had twenty pounds from the day before, added to the twenty pounds he just bought---and if you add that to the 30 pounds we already have in the freezer.......YIKES!!  70 pounds of ground beef!  I'd say we're set for awhile........a......looooonnnnng......while.

So, Mark took about 8 lbs of the meat, seasoned it, and made pre-formed hamburger patties--30 to be exact!  And, we sectioned out the other 12 pounds into 1 lb sections and put them in individual ziplocs.  I still have TONS of ground beef in the fridge to, either, do something with, or freeze as is.

WHEW!!  We're in ground beef heaven............

So, here's what's on the agenda today:

  • 2 Chicken Delight Casseroles  (I'll post the recipe tomorrow)

  • Boil and shred 12 more pounds of bone-in-chicken

  • Make Chicken stock

  • Do something with all that meat!!!


  1. You could give some of the meat away to family, friends, or neighbors. Or, better yet, make up some of that meat into taco meat or a casserole and give THAT to family, friends, or neighbors. Especially if you don't have room to freeze/store all that meat!

    Or, you could freeze dry some of it and ship it to your oldest sister in Idaho! LOL...

  2. Absolutely!!! We've already thought of that. We'd be happy to supply ALL the hamburgers, meatloaves and meatballs on our spring break trip!!!!! :-)

  3. SWEET!

    My friend just bought 50 lbs of GB at Safeway today...she has a HUGE family. :-)

  4. How about 5 batches of Poor Man's Turkey???? :) Sorry mom....:)

  5. Martha, your favorite!! I'll bring a batch right over........ :-)

  6. I'm not offended, Martha! I never make that anymore, however, I DID like it. :)
    Sarah, wow, have you been busy! I admire you. It's the planning of the meals that I don't like, and with something already in the freezer, the planning is done. Love it! I should do it more.

  7. I love your recipe, I'll give it a try. A suggestion for the ground meat, Brown & season it and freeze it in freezer bags, then it will be ready for what ever you need it for!!