Imagine a busy day at home. You didn’t get quite enough sleep the night before, and from the moment you got out of bed you’ve been busy. Getting your husband out the door, taking the dogs potty, feeding the cats, emptying the litter, and organizing your closet. You fit in deep cleaning your kitchen, and although it took more time than you expected, you get done, step back and sigh happily. The spices are organized, the fridge is scrubbed, the drawers organized, dishes done and put away, and your sink is beautiful and shining. Then you look at the clock and realized your husband is going to be home from work soon! I don’t know about you but in this situation I have a serious problem messing my kitchen up again. The thought of cooking a great meal from scratch means dirtying dishes, and a disorganized mess of cooking in a hurry. I would be much more apt to just go out and get something or have my husband pick something up on his way home, verses getting my kitchen messy again. This is something I’ve struggled with lately. I had the great idea to participate in some freezer cooking.
What is freezer cooking? It’s the act of making components of your meal ahead of time and freezing for use later. Some things like lasagna you make completely and freeze. Other things, like chicken alfredo would just require you cooking, seasoning, and freezing your chicken. Freezer cooking gives you the ability to take some of the steps out of everyday cooking. How nice is it to be able to just pop your meal into the oven or crock pot?! Monday I spent all day cooking. I made an entire pan of lasagna, spaghetti and meatballs, meatballs and sauce for subs, spaghetti sauce, cooked hamburger for pizza, shepherd’s pie, and mexican. I also cooked a meat, cheese, and bean combination which you scoop into tortillas, wrap and freeze. These things are all nicely packed and frozen in the freezer, and it’s such a nice feeling! Today I hope to work on making dinner rolls, pizza crust and French bread, along with cooking some chicken, pizza sauce, and a few other things to freeze for dinners. I also saw this post this past week and knew it was something I had to do! I made three batter bags as well, and plan on making a few more for some savory items. Although these two days of cooking are difficult, I really think it’ll be worth it during the week. A lot of ladies do this cooking with family or friends, which would make it a little more fun and not as difficult. I however, have to admit to having fun today. I just blasted music, sang, and cooked. Do you freezer cook? Would you ever consider doing so?