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Freezer Cooking Day #2 – The End Result

Posted By Jessica Fisher On November 4, 2009 @ 11:24 pm In Baking,Freezer Cooking,Home Management,Meal Planning,Time Management | 17 Comments

Very cute cookies, thanks to FishBoy8!

Oh, I’m tired. Two days in the kitchen all the while juggling the running of a full household can be fatiguing. But I know that this will be worth it throughout the month. I think this counts as “working hard during the week in order to enjoy family time on the weekend,” [5] don’t you?

Today didn’t have too many casualties except for one tongue burned on too hot applesauce and 8 cups of hot cocoa mix exploding on me and the entire kitchen. Wish I had laughed first, but must confess I did not. We did laugh eventually.

But victories? We got those as well. When all was said and done:

1 batch Touchdown Chili [6] (The fam enjoyed it so much there was only enough from last night’s dinner to go on top chili dogs tonight.)
4 containers cooked and seasoned ground beef [7]
2 dinners’ worth of hamburgers
2 batches of pizza dough [8]
2 1 batch homemade buns [9] (we are eating one batch tonight)
3 2 apple pies [10] (had one for breakfast)
2 quarts applesauce
4 batches muffin mix
4 batches multi grain pancake mix [11]
4 batches maple-oat scone [12] mix
3 batches cornbread mix
2 dinners’ grilled chicken
2 dinners’ chicken for summer rolls [13]
1 dinner chicken for stirfry
2 dinners’ shredded beef
1 beef soup base
7 cups granola (I don’t freeze this)
12 cheesewiches
8 cups cocoa mix
3 big batches foccaccia bread
8 dozen cookies (Gramma John’s [14] and a new experiment, Maple-Oat-Walnut)

All of these items will work into our monthly meal plan [15] as well as serve as “on call” items for snacks, breakfasts, and lunches. I know that we will save money, time, and energy in the weeks to come which is a great feeling.

  • If you had a freezer cooking/baking day of your own, be sure to share your update tonight at MoneySavingMom [16].
  • If you’ve got a great freezer-friendly/make ahead recipe, bring it back here tonight and through the weekend for Ultimate Recipe Swap [17].

Interested in learning more about Make-Ahead Meals [18]? Be sure to browse my archives [18]. I am working on a book on the topic as well as planning many future posts to help you make a great meal. Stay tuned!

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[6] Touchdown Chili: http://susanbranch.com/cooking/fall2005/chili.htm

[7] cooked and seasoned ground beef: http://www.lifeasmom.com/2009/10/ultimate-recipe-swap-wheres-beef.html

[8] pizza dough: http://www.goodcheapeats.com/2009/06/shredded-beef-filling.html

[9] homemade buns: http://www.goodcheapeats.com/2009/07/homemade-hot-dog-buns.html

[10] apple pies: http://www.lifeasmom.com/2009/11/slab-apple-pie-perfect-for-fall-perfect.html

[11] multi grain pancake mix: http://www.goodcheapeats.com/2009/11/multi-grain-blueberry-pancakes.html

[12] maple-oat scone: http://www.lifeasmom.com/2009/02/maple-oat-heart-scones-they-work-for-me.html

[13] summer rolls: http://www.goodcheapeats.com/2009/10/summer-rolls.html

[14] Gramma John’s: http://www.lifeasmom.com/2009/04/urs-cookie-throwdown.html

[15] our monthly meal plan: http://www.lifeasmom.com/2009/11/meal-planning-planning-more-than-one.html

[16] MoneySavingMom: http://www.moneysavingmom.com/

[17] Ultimate Recipe Swap: http://www.lifeasmom.com/2009/01/about-ultimate-recipe-swap.html

[18] Make-Ahead Meals: http://www.lifeasmom.com/category/OAMC

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