Freezer Cooking: The Weekend Update

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Normally, I try to leave the weekends open for “fun stuff” rather than housework. But, since we’re homebound nursing colds, it seemed natural — and wise — to putter around and get some things accomplished. So, freezer cooking and homekeeping chores actually happened.

Saturday morning I whipped up a batch of Nutty Granola which turned out to be quite tasty. What makes me super pleased about this recipe is that it’s made with “all-natural” ingredients: simply nuts, oats, maple syrup, salt, and cinnamon. Couldn’t be easier. I would have made several batches but we were running low on maple syrup. Time to stock up.

I also experimented with my Trail Mix Cookie recipe, adding pepitas, sunflower seeds, and coconut oil. They were so tasty they don’t even taste “healthy.” I’m not sure what to think about that. Recipe to follow.

Shredding cheese for tacos and burritos is a chore I don’t really love. But, I grated six pounds in my food processor, divided it into freezer bags and now the work is done for me for several meals. So easy. As long as the cheese is already grated, it freezes and thaws beautifully. I do not recommend freezing whole blocks of cheese. The thawed product can become very crumbly, which is fine if that is what you want. But, usually I don’t.

And, though not on my original plan, I cooked up two pounds of pinto beans. Personally, I prefer canned beans, but the price has shot through the roof, and I refuse to pay it.

Last up: Crockpot Applesauce on Monday morning.

That’s it for the weekend edition. How did you do?

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  1. I used to prefer canned beans, but now that I have been cooking my own for a while, I think I prefer them homemade. You can control the sodium and add any spices you like to flavor them up. I have started freezing them with the cooking liquid and that has helped a lot with flavor and freezing better 🙂

  2. OK… I feel like a loser. I never thought of shredding cheese with my food processor. Ha!

    Today, my son and I made peanut butter banana chocolate-chip muffins (he’s 3 and was SO excited!)… I also did a round of Crystal’s buttery rolls and some granola. I wanted to do beans, but I have dinner in the crockpot! Will do them tonight/tomorrow.

    I was hoping to do more today. I guess I should have started yesterday. There’s always tomorrow, right?

    • Jessica Fisher says:

      @rachelc, you can do beans overnight! I do it all the time. Cook on low right when you’re going to bed. Perfectly cooked by morning. Hubs doesn’t like the smell with his coffee, but he humors me.

      • @Jessica Fisher,

        Last time I made them, I did soak them overnight and cooked them in the crockpot the next day. Then I froze the portions in individual bags. It was awesome. I am going to do 2 bags’ worth this time.

        Wish I could find a place around me that sells in bulk for cheap… without doing like 20 pounds at a time. I don’t have the room for that!

  3. Thanks for sharing the tip on shredding and freezing. I always use my food processor to grate lots, but with 2 of us, the Tillamook Costco block sometimes goes to waste.

    I’m also annoyed with the price of canned beans. Thinking I’ll be cooking some in the crockpot soon.

  4. Is it cheaper to buy cheese in bulk and shred yourself? I seem to be able to buy the shredded cheese for $1.20/8 oz or less – is that more than buying in bulk?

    • Jessica Fisher says:

      @Alisha, It’s about the same. I don’t often find it that cheap around here. Often I don’t have the right coupons or my stores are stingy w/ their doubling. So, for me, bulk at Costco is the best way.

      • @Jessica Fisher, Thanks. I don’t have a Costco here, but Kraft commonly is on sale 3/$5 and $1 off 2 coupons have been plentiful. 🙂 Nice for cheese, but you have so many other great stores there that I would LOVE to have and get to shop at! We have very little other than Walmart. Yuck.

  5. I made a batch of the granola you posted and my family loved it! In fact, I need to make a double batch next time because with only three young ones and me, we ate it all almost before it cooled!

  6. Michelle K says:

    I made the beans sort of like you suggested. I’ve not yet done the mashing as we put them in the freezer first. We’ll see how they turn out. Hopefully better than my first batch on Christmas Eve that was HORRIBLE! :(.

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