Freezer cooking

I didn’t quite get to everything on my master list, but the freezer’s full and Joshua should be set for the weeks the kids and I are gone.

Since I didn’t have a big chunk of time to set aside, I focused on spending an extra hour or two in the kitchen each afternoon preparing similar meals.

With a tiny kitchen, no dishwasher and two little helpers, this worked really well for me and netted a full freezer without too much extra work.

Afternoon 1:

Pizza and Western Burgers. These are two of my favorite foods to have in the freezer so every couple weeks I mix up a big batch of dough for these.

After making a few meals worth of Western Burgers, I rolled the rest of the dough out for mini pizzas. The small size makes them so easy to warm up.

Afternoon 2:

The first step this afternoon was to clear out the freezer to make room for all the fresh food.

I keep a bag in the freezer to collect stale bread or bread crusts. It was getting full so I made breadcrumbs.

Just break the bread into a food grinder and pulse until it is fine. Spread in a pan and bake at 300, stirring often, for about 15 minutes or until the crumbs are dry. Dump into a jar and keep sealed until you’re ready to use them.

Then it was time to start filling the freezer up with fresh bread. I made up two big batches of dough for three loaves of wheat bread, rolls, cinnamon rolls and hamburger buns.

While they baked, we mixed together granola, baked beans and nourishing protein bars.

Afternoon 3: Burrito Central

In the morning I mixed up tortilla dough to let it soak for the day. After several hours, we began making burritos.

I love how versatile they are! Just about anything works in a burrito: leftover rice, and handful of olives, the half a can of beans. Anything goes.

“Breakfast burritos” make a great filling high-protein breakfast as well as a perfect snack throughout the day.

Fill burritos with

  • Scrambled eggs
  • Hash browns or tator tots
  • Bacon, ham or sausage
  • Cheese, etc.

(Homemade hash browns are easy to make. Scrub potatoes and grate. Fry in oil (or bacon fat!) for twenty minutes or until lightly golden. )

The rest of the burritos we filled with homemade refried beans, leftover rice, meat and cheese.

Burritos are a very “kid friendly” food to prepare. From rolling out dough to putting on toppings, it’s easy for them to help.

Rosalind was such a good helper and before long we had a pile of burritos to put in the freezer. Her papa shouldn’t go hungry while we’re gone!

Afternoon 4:

There was just enough time before we headed out the door to whip up a batch of meatballs. Now the freezer is packed with bachelor friendly fare and Joshua shouldn’t starve!

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