Freezer Cooking from the Pantry

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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. 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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  1. Even though I am single, I stock the freezer with extra meals quite often. Handy to take to work for lunch or for supper. I put them in individual servings, then have meals each night without having to cook every day. This year I also have a CSA so I am freezing extra veggies. Friday I picked 120 ears of corn and blanched/cut off the cobs and froze the corn. At work they think I am nuts freezing all of these veggies, but we’ll see who is eating good veggies most of the winter! I also picked 10 gallons of peas and 10 gallons of green beans and froze them.

  2. I made baked ziti, pepperoni pasta bake, chocolate chip cookies (half recipe eaten, the other half frozen) and a bunch of cooked rice for the freezer. I didn’t cook nearly as much as you did, but I’m still pretty darn proud of myself! I start grad school again in 2 weeks and I’m a little nervous about what time I’m going to have to cook.

  3. Kristen says

    What are #10 cans? I feel like you may have answered this somewhere else before but I couldn’t find it! (must be lacking some sleep!)
    I love you site and appreciate all you do to keep up!! Thank you so much!

  4. awesome job, I’m hooked on making red sauce #10 can too, (I bought 2 cans at 2.99 each at Sams) with fresh basil from a local stand for $1. It’s so good, plus I’ve made freezer pesto. I’m going back for more basil this week. It’s only a mile from my house and I feel blessed!

  5. It has just been too hot to do much freezer cooking. That and I don’t have any room in my freezer because I was given 40 pounds of chicken to review… a mixed blessing.

    I would love some freezer cooking ideas for oven-free recipes… if you have any up your sleeve.

    It’s funny. I have not turned on my oven in almost three months and the other day, my four year old asked, “Mommy, what is wrong with the oven? Is it broken?” LOL

  6. a #10 can weighs about 5 pounds, or about 146 oz, give or take on the item. It’s the standard size can of the food service industry…

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