I answered a poll over at Homemaker-MomÂ and it asked if we once a month cook. I have cooked this way many times over the past 20 years. Back when it was new and being taught at women’s retreats and such. Nowadays, they have businesses set up where you can go in with your girlfriends, purchase a package and make your meals there.. interesting change of events!
It is always a joy to know there is always something in the freezer. Especially on those days when we just don’t want to cook, we are busy and not home to cook, or have a sick one. There is always something to pull out and defrost and heat up. And it is healthier for us than those packaged foods!
You can grab a friend and spend two days together, one for planning and shopping and the next for cooking and Â then split the meals. Such fun! There are many really good sites out there devoted to freezer cooking/OAMC. It is now pretty wide-spread and Praise God.. it is a way of life, easy on the budget, time-saving way to feed your family!
Here are some basics to get started.
- Gather recipes .. I will be adding recipes often or you can find them online.
- Make an inventory of your baking dishes, bowls, etc. Take note of your freezer space. This will determine if you cook for a week, two weeks or a month. Also, take into account, have a day each week to eat your leftovers. A lot of recipes can be flash freeze and then placed in zip lock bags for more space. Recipes can be doubled even …
- You could easily just double your own recipes. Casseroles are easiest to double and freeze!
- Plan one day to clean out your pantry and refrigerator and kitchen. You should do this before going grocery shopping. You will all the space you can find!
- Have a good breakfast and shop! You are going to spend some time there so be as organized as you can and have a couple of hours to shop.
Some fun recipes!
6 cups frozen shredded hash browns
1 cup grated Monterey Jack cheese with jalapeno peppers
1 cup fully diced cooked ham
1/4 chopped green onions.
4 beaten eggs
1 12 ounce can evaporated milk or evaporated skim i,lk (1 1-2 cups)
pepper and salt and seasoned salt to taste
Grease a 13x9x2 baking dish. Layer the hash browns on the bottom. Sprinkle the cheese, ham and green onions. In a bowl, mix eggs, milk, spices and pour over the potato mixture. Cover and Freeze.
To serve, thaw and place in a preheated 350 oven. Bake uncovered for 40-45 minutes until middle appears set. Let it stand for 5 minutes before serving.
Mrs A’s Spaghetti Sauce
This is a good base recipe. You can use it for spaghetti, lasagna, and quick pasta noodles.
2 pounds grounds hamburger
1 pound ground sausage
1 red onion, chopped
3 tbl minced garlic
3 large cans italian stewed tomatoes
2 small cans of chopped mushrooms, drained
1 green bell pepper, diced
2 large cans tomato sauce
cook up meat with garlic and onion and bell pepper. Drain. In a big pot, add stewed tomatoes and tomato sauce. Add more if needed.Let simmer all day while you are cooking other dishes.
2 pounds lean ground beef
1 large red onion, chopped
3 ts garlic salt
1/4 ts pepper
1 cup chili sauce
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tbl white vinegar
2 tbl prepared mustard
2 8 ounce cans tomato sauce
16 hamburger buns
Cook ground beef with the onions until browned. Drain thoroughly. Add seasonings, chili sauce, tomato sauce, brown sugar, vinegar, and bring to a boil.Simmer, uncovered for 10 minutes, stirring every once in a while. Cool and Freeze. You could use a zip lock bag.. I usually double the bags.
To serve, thaw and heat until bubbly.