Freezer Cooking for September

Have you been freezer cooking this weekend? Wish you could figure it out? Want to jump right in? There’s never a better time than the present!

Freezer cooking can save you time, money, and an overload of processed food. It’s a way to plan ahead for the coming weeks and make things a little easier on yourself.

This week as I assessed the contents of my deep freeze, I found a lot of bread and a lot of dinners.

Over the last month or so when I’ve bought meat or chicken on sale, I’ve mixed up quick marinades and tossed the cuts in freezer bags with the sauces. I’ve built quite the stockpile in there in addition to meals from the last few freezer cooking days. So I didn’t need to do a ton of dinner prep this time around.

Instead, I opted to tackle a few beef dinner items to mix into the rotation as well as a number of breakfasts and lunch and snack items. Here’s what I cooked up over the last few days.

Where’s the Beef?

First I did a quick round of beef dishes. I bought London Broil and ground beef for $1.99/pound. I mixed up marinades for the steaks which went quite quickly. Not more than ten minutes, tops. And I formed the four pounds of ground beef into hamburgers.

Four dinner components accomplished right there. We’ll grill the steaks and serve them in gyros or as a main dish. Here’s the recipe to the steak marinade.

Breaking the Fast

Maple Granola with Nuts and Seeds

Last month’s breakfast freezer cooking was immensely helpful to our mornings. So this round I’ve replenished the stock with

Brown bagging it

Cheddar Coins

And since we’ve started packing lunches I wanted to have enough snacks and goodies for lunchtime as well as our after school “happy hour.” I added these to the pantry and freezer:

My freezer cooking daze wasn’t characterized by the Crazy Woman Status of months gone by. I did these big batches of things over the course of the last few days instead of trying to cram it all into one day. That seemed to work well, doing it in little minutes this month. And I think we’re so much the better for it.

We have plenty of good homemade dishes to keep us fat and happy, anyway.

Did you do any freezer cooking?

How did it go for you?  Pop over to Money Saving Mom and see what good things she’s got cooking over there. She’s a clever one, that girl.

Curious about freezer cooking? Consider purchasing my cookbook, Not Your Mother’s Make-Ahead and Freeze Cookbook from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or your local bookstore. It’s chock full with over 200 freezer-friendly recipes, planning pages, shopping lists, cooking plans, and basic and advanced how-to’s to making freezer cooking work for any home, family, and lifestyle.

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  1. Since the Whole Foods sale on grass fed ground beef last week, I’ve been processing the 10 lbs I bought and putting it in the freezer. I have burgers, taco meat, muffin tin meatloaves, meatballs, and a couple lbs of just plain.

    I’m trying the granola bars with a bunch of stuff I got from the Nutty Guys Eversave deal – walnuts, dried berries, and coconut chips.

    Tonight I’m trying a new waffle recipe for tomorrow morning and leftovers will go in the freezer.

    I loved the earlier post about the egg and cheese biscuits/muffins and that sounds awesome. Some mornings I give in to my cravings and drive through Dunkin Donuts for a sandwich like that with coffee and a donut. If I had them at home, I’m sure they’d be better for me and I wouldn’t have an excuse to get the donut! That might have to be a project for next month, especially since I prefer warm breakfast when the house is chilly in the mornings.

  2. I so am going to check out those granola bars and healthy cheezits!! Thanks for the tips!

  3. Freezer cooking has become a way of life for me! I cannot imagine getting healthy meals on the table and into lunchboxes without it! You’ve got some great recipes here–I’m always looking for new ideas and will have to try a few. Will definitely check out your breakfast freezer link too…that has been the biggest challenge for me to overcome–we need variety!

  4. My freezers are pretty well stocked because I am frequently doing the type of batch cooking you’ve been doing this week.

    Just wanted to tell you that after looking at those pictures of your chicken bacon subs so often I had to try LOL – split chicken breast was on sale this weekend only for .99/lb – I baked off two trays today [and I never buy this cut - but having done so I agree - there's almost no bone involved in what I bought] and it’s all shredded and frozen in a itte of the broth in meal sized bags – can’t wait to try the subs, though we’ll also be using it for other things of course.

    Thanks for the inspiration!

    • @cherie, The subs are AWESOME! I added some red onion and chedder cheese to our subs Saturday night. When they came out of the oven, I topped them with diced tomatoes. They were a huge hit at the dinner table!

  5. I’m making decent progress. I have frozen bread, rolls, cinnamon rolls, cajun chicken, black pepper & bacon biscuits, taco meat, shredded chicken, cajun chicken sandwiches, waffles, peanut butter oatmeal cookies & Hawaiian barbecue chicken. Still several things left to complete over the next two days.

    Thanks for co-hosting this weekend!

  6. I have to say at first freezer cooking did not seem like the thing for my family. I like the idea of it I just never felt like I could make it work for us. I think I am coming around and will have to try this. We LOVE hot breakfast around here but who has the time for hot breakfast everday. I will definitely be trying freezing egg sandwiches. Also I have a question with the marinaded meat. I love the idea of marinaded the meat amd then freezing. Have you ever done dry rubs then froze them, did it work?

  7. On the instant oatmeal packets……do you microwave them or just add hot water?
    Thanks!
    Judy

  8. Thank you for all of the great freezer cooking advice. I’ve been experimenting with it for a couple of months now and it has been a great time saver. As a working mom I was finding that by the time I got home, prepared a full meal, ate and cleaned the kitchen there was no time left with my family. Freezer cooking has given me that time back without resorting to fast food every night. Now if anyone knows a way to keep the house clean with only one day of cleaning a month my life would perfect!
    Thank you for a very helpful blog.

  9. I have a question about freezing potatoes. I am totally new to this whole freezing concept, but today I decided to prepare and freeze a couple batches of BBQ. While doing that, I realized I have hamburger casserole on my menu for this month as well, so I thought it would be great to just be able to make that now as well. It calls for cream style corn and potatoes in the recipe. Can I prepare it all and freeze it? I have asked a couple people and they didn’t think you could freeze potatoes. What do you think or how do you handle your monthly freezing process when you come to meals that include potatoes in them?

    Thanks so much for your help!

    • @Briana, Briana – You can freeze potatoes after you cook them. Otherwise, they’ll be nice and brown in your dinner. So, it’s best to bake them and then do what you need (shred, chop, etc.) for your recipe.

      • @Michelle K, Thanks Michelle! So, you CAN freeze them? I am so glad to hear that! I will make sure to bake them first then.

        • @Briana, I would think you could freeze them. There are all kinds of potatoes that are in the frozen section at the store.

        • Jessica Fisher says:

          @Briana, potatoes can be a little tricky. Once they are cooked, like in mashed potatoes or twice baked, they freeze pretty well. But, in other situations they can lose some of their texture. You might try a small batch first and see if you like how it tastes.

  10. wow those cheese coins sound GOOD. Definitely going to try that soon. I made 48 pumpkin chocolate chip muffins and then just prepped for this week only. Frozen smoothies, sandwiches & fruits etc made and packaged for lunches this week, and bean/cheese burritoes rolled up and frozen. Not my best week ever, but a good start which will make the week easier!

  11. I have got to stop coming to your site. Every time I turn around it is something more delicious than the last time! I made the cheese coins today and oh my are they good. I will probably add red pepper for the hubby as he likes spicy food.

  12. I am about to make a batch of your delicious chocolate biscotti. I was just wondering if it is a ‘freezer friendly’ recipe? Do you make them and freeze or do you make up ‘biscotti mix’ in advance? Thanks!

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