Wednesday, February 16, 2011

big plans.

I have big plans for the weekend...to do a round of freezer cooking. I hope to make 3 meatloaf's (or is it meatloaves?), burrito meat filling (enough for 3 dinners), macaroni and cheese (3-5pans) and baked ziti (3pans). So before I can do all of this I need to buy some throw away pans and ziploc bags. I have been reading about freezer cooking and I dont have the space to do a major freezer cooking but I think this will be plenty. I might have to cut back and do just 2 pans of ziti and 2 pans of mac n cheese. I am going to do a test with the empty trays to make sure I can fit everything before I start cooking. The meatloaf will just be mixed up and frozen no need to cook because when I am ready to make it for dinner I can defrost the meatloaf and bak as usual. The burrito meat will have to be cooked and then frozen....then when we want to have burritos all I have to do is throw the frozen meat in the crock pot on low until dinner time. The ziti and macaroni will be all cooked and then frozen, to reheat I read that you defrost and then bake or you can just bake it frozen. I am not sure the best way to do this but I am going to read some more and then try it. Any suggestions? or Recipes that work well for freezer cooking? I am excited because I enjoy cooking but some days I have limited time so this should help me with time management too. I will post how it goes :)

1 comment:

Crystal said...

I have yet to master the art of freezer cooking...let us know how it turns out! My kids don't like casseroles or lasagnas and all that...I still make them eat it, but it's not always worth all the effort :) I do like to make a big batch of meatballs to freeze. Then you can just heat up what you need. I cook them first (baking is easiest) so that I don't have to worry about that later. And freeze them flat at first so you know they will not turn into a big frozen blob of meat. Have fun with your project and be sure to share your recipes! :)