Week 2 – Freezer Cooking: Freezing Preparation Food
Yesterday, was talked about how to free entire meals for your freezer. This is a great way to help save time in the kitchen, however sometimes that just isn’t possible. There are other ways that you can freezer cook. Today we are going to talk about freezing preparation food. This is my favorite way to freezer cook, because it is so easy. (Yep, I am lazy like that! 😉 )
Have you ever found yourself doing the same thing over and over in the kitchen? Do you chop onions often, brown ground beef often, or slice green peppers often? These are what I call preparation food that you use frequently to prepare family meals.
For example, we use a ton of onions in my family. In fact, there isn’t very many dinners that I do not use onions. Chopping up onions doesn’t take much time, but it is annoying! It makes a mess, normally makes me tear up, and it does take up some time in the kitchen. By chopping them in bulk and then freezing them you will save you time and sanity in the kitchen.
Another great example is ground beef or ground turkey. Did you know that you can brown it all up at the same time and then freeze it? Yes, it may sound a little backwards, but it is true! Infact, this is the only way I freeze my grond beef/turkey now. This is a HUGE timesaver in the kitchen. By having my meat already browned, I don’t have to do any thawing. Spaghetti just got easier! Crockpot meals that require browned ground beef just got easier! Something so simple, now makes my life in the kitchen easier –if life is easier in the kitchen then we are more likely to eat at home.
More ideas off preparation food that you can freeze:
- Onions (freeze in a freezer bag. You will probably have to do a quick “bang” on the counter to break it up before you use it)
- Bell Peppers
- Celery (I dice it up and then freeze it so I have it on hand for soups in my crockpot)
- Any kind of peppers – If you find your favorite pepper on sale, stock up, chop and freeze. Now you can have it to cook with when you need it.
- Ground beef and ground turkey. You can read a post here explaining how you can freeze it all browned and ready to go.
- Chicken -If you eat meals that require cooked chicken, then go ahead and cook it in bulk. Slice, shred, or dice it up and then freeze. Then it will be ready to heat up for tacos, to put on salads or pizzas -or use you in enchiladas.
- Bananas -freeze your old bananas in baggies for baking
- Fruit – I love to freeze fruit for smoothies -this is a huge time saver. You can read my post here to learn how to freeze them without sticking together. You can also use it to mix in with your homemade yogurt or oatmeal.
I hope that you are inspired to give some of these a try. Remember, if cooking in the kitchen is more convenient for you, then you will less likely go out to eat… resulting in saving that money!
Stay Tuned for tomorrow where we will talk about making freezer packets!
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