Freezer Cooking – How I Made 25+ Meals in 2 Hours!

I first heard of freezer cooking from Money Saving Mom. It’s where you take an hour or two, or a whole day, to cook and assemble meals for the week so you don’t have to worry about cooking something in a pinch. It also helps to save money when you’re making things in bulk. After all that grocery shopping the other day, I wanted to do some freezer cooking to save me some cooking time later.

I spent about 2 hours making everything (while cooking dinner for that night & including a 5-minute break to eat).

Here was the time breakdown:
4:35 – chop & sauté veggies for breakfast burritos
4:47 – assemble marinade & chicken in freezer bag
4:54 – chop bacon & add to burrito mixture
4:55 – crack & beat eggs, add to mixture
5:00 – break for dinner
5:05 – mix dry ingredients for cornbread
5:18 – take burrito mixture off heat & add cheese
5:20 – add wet ingredients for cornbread
5:26 – assemble corn dog muffins & put in oven
5:36 – assemble breakfast burritos, wrap in foil & place in freezer bags
5:47 – clean up, process dishes
6:00 – take corn dog muffins out, put 2nd pan of cornbread muffins in
6:15 – set out ground turkey to defrost, chop onion & sauté
6:16 – cook 1 box pasta
6:18 – add ground turkey to onions, peel & chop garlic
6:20 – add sauce, boil, add dry box of pasta
6:35 – assemble Italian pasta bake in pan, cover with cheese
6:40 – clean up
6:45 – DONE!
So for a little over 2 hours, here’s what I ended up with:
12 corndog muffins (6 snacks – 2 per serving)
12 cornbread muffins (3 meals – 4 per serving)
14 breakfast burritos (14 meals)
2 dinners’ worth of cooked whole wheat pasta (2 meals)
5 marinated chicken breasts (2 1/2 meals)
1 pan of Italian pasta bake (4 meals – 1/4 pan per meal)
That’s a total of 25 1/2 meals and 6 snacks!
The only thing that didn’t turn out great was the cornbread. I over mixed the batter, so the muffins are really tough. But they taste good!I definitely recommend you try freezer cooking if you haven’t. You’d be surprised at how much you can make in a short amount of time! For another great resource on speed cooking/freezer cooking, visit Make Five Dinners in One Hour! It’s a great blog & if you subscribe (3 months’ worth of dinner plans for $15) she will send you the plans in a pdf! It will save you the time of planning the menu & it comes complete with a shopping list per week, & step by step instructions!

This was all in the same day as my grocery shopping trips! Can you believe that after all that, I still managed to make some homemade laundry detergent? Call me crazy. I’ll hopefully be posting about that soon.

Thanks for reading!

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