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Freezer Cooking from the Pantry

Posted By Jessica Fisher On August 8, 2011 @ 11:50 am In Freezer Cooking,Pantry Challenge | 9 Comments

I used to think that I had to do a big grocery trip in order to do batch cooking. I learned differently recently. On Friday I shared my recent cooking plan [4]. To prep a variety of foods to store in the freezer was the goal, but I was going to do it without grocery shopping.

My pantry had these items:

  • dried beans
  • a #10 can of tomato puree
  • rolled oats
  • flour and other baking ingredients
And in the fridge I had five pounds of ground beef that I had bought on sale. I was amazed at what I found in my pantry that could morph into freezer meals! 
This is a picture of some of what I pulled together. Somehow I lost the pictures of the rest. In the end I had:
  • 20 hamburger patties that will serve for 2-3 dinners.

Truly, I am flabbergasted over the benefits of a well-stocked pantry. I spent less than three hours putting these meal components together and felt ready to take on quite a few meals. Now, if only I could figure out how to keep up with the appetite’s of six growing children.

How did YOUR freezer cooking go?


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