Freezer Cooking Time

This post is about two weeks overdue.  I started some freezer cooking before Christmas, took pictures of my progess, then never got around to posting about it.  :)

During this particular freezer cooking session, I practiced the “Cook Once Eat Twice” method.  If you have never tried this, you really must.  It is a huge time saver!

The basic idea is this:  If you’re planning to make a recipe, if at all possible, at least double the recipe so that you can freeze the second batch for another time.  I love doing this and find that it is the simplest way to get healthy foods into the freezer for quick, effortless meals in the future.

To start this freezer cooking session, I mixed up a triple batch of Whole Wheat Tortillas.  In the meantime, Malachi finished the final page of first semester’s math book.  He was so excited!

(Oops, I forgot to mention – before I started making the tortillas, I put several pounds of hamburger meat in a pot to brown.  Okay…carry on.)

Once the tortillas and hamburger meat were finished cooking, I made two pans of Cheesy Salsa Enchiladas.  Then I used the rest of the meat/salsa mixture and the remaining tortillas to make Meat and Cheese Burritos.

Once that was all finished, I made a double batch of Giant Breakfast Cookies.  These are great to eat fresh, and great for freezing for future breakfasts and snacks.  Even if I forget to thaw them the night before we plan to eat them, they defrost quickly in a toaster oven.

Now that our Christmas Break is coming to an end, I’m hoping to put a few more items in the freezer, such as:

I’ll update you as I get these projects tackled.  :)

Have you been doing any extra cooking/freezing lately?

Comments

  1. Sheila says

    I made your whole wheat bread into German bierocks. Super yummy for supper and froze eight or nine more for lunches or another meal. :) Happy New Year!

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  2. Lana says

    I ended up with a dozen meals in my freezer just from freezing leftovers during the 8 days over Christmas when all our family was here. I honestly do not know how much food 11 adults and 4 under the age of 5 eat so it paid off! I am looking forward to thawing and reheating and resting from all the Christmas cooking.

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  3. Steph says

    Perfect timing–I am going to be starting ALOT of freezer cooking this week, as we have our 3rd baby due in about a month. I didn’t do this with the 1st 2 and once meals that my mom made us ran out it was kind of a bummer because I had to cook again when I was tired and on a newborn’s “schedule”! Thanks for these posts–it is helpful to hear what others make & freeze to give inspiration to those of us who have never done this before! ;)

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  4. Bernadette says

    I have a marathon freezer cooking day scheduled for Saturday, good thing because I just thawed our last meals to eat today and tomorrow! I have 39 recipes planned which should make close to 70 meals, it’s once a month cooking which ends up being about once a quarter cooking for my family. :) Wish me luck!

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  5. Charlotte Moore says

    I never just cook one recipe of chili, sloppy joe meat, and spaghetti sauce. It is just as easy to triple. BBQ is another great freezer food. Having food ready in the freezer is so convenient. I fix serving sizes for our son to take back home with him. All he has to do is take it out thaw and heat. I also freeze turkey and dressing sweet potato souffle and your pasta bake (wonderful). He has a couple coolers of food to go back with him each time he comes home.

    GOD BLESS for all you do.

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  6. Lori Guenter says

    In the last few weeks, I’ve made 4 pots of soup. One of them never made it to the freezer, but the other 3 did and we have about 10 meals sitting in there waiting to be thawed and enjoyed. I also still have leftover turkey waiting to be made into soup. We decided this year that we don’t really care that much about the roast turkey dinner but we love the sandwiches and soups later on. My first resolution this year is to try one new recipe a week. This week it’s french toast.

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  7. says

    Hi, Laura!
    I am very thankful for young people who are respectful and kind. We have been blessed beyond anything we could have imagined…they are not perfect, and we have a lot we are working on, but we are seeing the working of the Lord and the Holy Spirit and praise Him!!!

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  8. says

    Yes, I do the same as frequently as I can. It makes Sunday afternoon lunches so much easier, because I don’t need to think about it. I just take one out of the freezer and pop it in the oven. It’s nice coming home after service and having a hot meal ready and waiting.

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