Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Getting my freezer ready for a baby!

In the few weeks before Denver was born, I spent time cooking up a bunch of stuff and stocking my freezer for when we got home and we didn't want nor feel like cooking. We made a trip to the Farmer's Market and spent about $75 and then went to the grocery store and spent about $100 (on meat, butter, oil, eggs, cheese, etc.) and then got home and got to cooking! My plan was to make as much as I could with as little as possible and not waste anything! (We're bad about getting stocked up at the Farmer's Market and then stuff going bad before we use it). I stretched things as far as I could while still making everything "hearty" to please my husband. For example, I bought two whole fryers and boiled them (with poultry seasoning, chicken bouillabaisse and pepper) then split the chickens in half and used half for a chicken pot pie and the other half for chicken and rice. Then split the other chicken between chicken enchiladas and chicken tortilla soup and then used all the broth from the chickens instead of buying chicken broth. I bought various dry beans, a 5 pound bag of rice, tomatoes (lots and lots), tomatillas, peppers, carrots, potatoes, celery, onions, garlic, squash, zucchini, corn, okra, lemons, bananas, cabbage, mustard greens, purple hull peas, and zipper cream peas. I cooked all the peas and greens and put those up. Then I started cooking beans and put some of those up and then used the rest in recipes (chicken tortilla soup, gunk, etc). Then I stewed tomatoes and split them up between okra & tomatoes and spaghetti sauce. I continued on like that until everything was all used up! Then, I started making pancakes, muffins and bread to put up. I kept a serving or two out (of muffins and pancakes) to eat the day I made them and then froze the rest. Here is the stuff I made: Homemade Spaghetti Sauce Beef Burrito Pie Chicken Pot Pie Chicken Enchiladas Cheesy Zucchini Casserole Baked Potato Soup Ham & Baked Potato Soup Chicken Tortilla Soup Gumbo Squash Casserole Cabbage Roll Casserole "Gunk" (pinto beans, stewed tomatoes, hamburger meat & rice) Black Beans Pinto Beans Boiled Cabbage Steamed Squash Glazed Carrots Tomatilla Salsa Zipper Cream Peas Purple Hull Peas Sausage & Veggie Medley Okra & Tomatoes Mustard Greens Potato Salad Chicken and Rice Lemon Bars Buttermilk Pancakes Light Oat Bread Banana Bread Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins Orange Juice Muffins Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice Then, I finished my freezer with some ready-made things to make life a little easier: Frozen Vegetables Frozen Fish Garlic Bread Frozen Lasagna Cinnamon Rolls Crescent Rolls Grands Buttermilk Biscuits Hot Dogs Hot Dog Buns Denver is 3 weeks old and this is what my freezer looks like:

Believe it or not, it had more than this in it!

We'll be eating on this "stash" for awhile! This definitely was the smartest thing I did before Denver arrived. It has been a lifesaver!

1 comment:

Heather said...

Holy cow!!! I saw photos of your freezer, but I didn't realize you made THAT much food. You are one very smart lady for doing all of that before Denver's arrival. Now, can you come cook for me? :) You'll have to share some of those recipes, like the one for Gunk, in future blogs.