Wow, this post took a lot longer than I expected it to.
Remember Feb 5th, when I said I was going to spend the whole weekend making food to fill my freezer?
Well, I did.
I started by asking Steve what some of his favorite dinners were and making lists of things I wanted to make.
We both then realized that I use A LOT of Pioneer Woman’s recipes. And we LOVE them.
Then we scoured the grocery ads to see what was on sale, and added a couple more recipes based on some good deals.
And I can never stop at Safeway without looking in their clearance section for good deals on meat. We ended up getting another package of chicken thighs for 50¢ per lb.
These became an integral part of Chicken Spaghetti, Mom’s Chicken Enchiladas, and Mom Flynn’s Chicken Rolls (I froze the filling for these, freezing the crescent roll dough seemed like a bad idea to me), and some bags of shredded chicken for future recipes.
At Super 1 I found a beautiful chuck roast for $1.99/lb and that ended up becoming Drip Beef. We made ours Italian style. Delicious!
What would pre-made dinners be without Baked Macaroni and Cheese and some Spinach Lasagna?
And ever since Jan 4th, when she first posted it, I’d been dreaming of Ree’s White Bean Chili.
Finally, to top of my obsession with Pioneer Woman, we had to make some of her Baked Lemon Pasta. It is heaven.
At the end of our grocery trip, we stopped off at the Dollar Store and picked up a few of these suckers:
The loaf pan and small cake pan sizes seemed the best for us, portion-wise. They stack well, you can bake your meal right in them, and they are washable and reusable, if you’re careful around sharp objects.
As each meal finished cooking (with the exception of the meals I put in freezer bags, such as the Chili and the Drip Beef filling) I separated it into a few of the aluminum pans, like so:
Then I wrapped them up tight with plastic wrap, pushing it onto the surface of the food to prevent freezer burn.
I often call freezer burn “frost bite.” Does anyone else do that?
Finally, I wrapped these with aluminum foil and wrote the contents and heating directions on them with a permanent marker.
Most meals were separated into about 3 pans. With 8 different meals made, that is about 24 different nights I don’t have to make dinner!
These pans hold enough for Steve and I to have a large-portioned dinner or, if we get fancy and make a side dish, enough for our dinner and lunch the next day.
The hardest part is remembering to take something out of the freezer to thaw before we leave for school in the morning, but we are getting better at that.
What is in your freezer?
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