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Freezer Cooking Session

The other day, I loaded up the dogs and headed over to my friend Jen’s house for a freezer cooking session. Jen is a teacher in the school where I interpret, so we both wanted to have our freezers stocked before we went back to work.

Jen had set up an extra table in her kitchen before I got there, which was so helpful, because it meant that I was able to keep all of my ingredients on that table, which left a counter open for each of us to do our prep work.

She also had iced coffee waiting for me. She’s the best.

(Sorry about the iPhone pictures…with all of the food I was bringing, I forgot my camera!)

Freezer Cooking Session : So Very Blessed

Jen had a bunch of fresh vegetables, avocados, hummus, and some other ingredients that she used to make a bunch of vegetable lasagnas, burritos, and hamburgers.

Freezer Cooking Session : So Very Blessed

I wanted to focus more on having prepped ingredients than prepped meals this time, so I started the day by chopping a bunch of onions, shredding carrots, and browning ground turkey.

Freezer Cooking Session : So Very Blessed

I used most of my onions in my ground turkey, so I only had a few cups left afterward, but my eyes were that I stopped when I did! I stored a lot of the ground turkey (and all of the onions and carrot) in quart size freezer bags, but these plastic storage containers were really helpful for cooling it off before I transferred it to the bags. The bags take up less room in our freezer, but I ended up using the containers for the turkey, too.

Freezer Cooking Session : So Very Blessed

We took a break a few hours in to give the dogs some turkey broth pupsicles (just broth frozen in ice cube trays), then went straight back to work.

Freezer Cooking Session : So Very Blessed

Aside from the prep ingredients, I wanted to make some breakfast burritos to keep on-hand for quick weekday morning breakfasts, so I scrambled a bunch (35, to be exact) of eggs with a few cups of chopped baby spinach and salt and pepper. Each tortilla was filled with shredded cheese, eggs, and mango salsa, then folded up, wrapped in foil, then put inside of a gallon size freezer bag.

Freezer Cooking Session : So Very Blessed

I had made a big crockpot full of refried beans the day before our session, so I made a bunch of bean burritos, as well. Jen had finished her stuff by that time, so we had an assembly counter going where she assembled the bean burritos (just beans and cheese…I’d meant to add Cholula for Daniel, but forgot to bring it!) while I did the breakfast burritos.

Freezer Cooking Session : So Very Blessed

By the end of the session (about 6 hours), I had

    • 4 bags of chopped onions, 1 cup each

 

  • 6 bags of shredded carrots, 2 cups each

 

 

  • 10 pounds of ground turkey, browned with chopped onions and minced garlic

 

 

  • 35 breakfast burritos (egg, spinach, cheese, mango salsa)

 

 

  • 35 bean burritos (refried beans, cheese)

 

 

Freezer Cooking Session : So Very Blessed

I use the shredded carrots for my Crockpot Spaghetti Sauce and often for Healthier Morning Glory Muffins from Can You Stay For Dinner? The ground turkey will also be used in the spaghetti sauce and a few other recipes in my meal plan this month and I’m hoping the bean burritos will be an easy lunch to take to work.

Freezer Cooking Session : So Very Blessed

My monthly meal plan is written, my freezer is stocked, and (after 2 days) my work year is off to a good start. I love feeling prepared.

Kelli

Sunday 18th of August 2013

Thanks for the reply! I'll try it again one of these days, hopefully with much better results!

Kelli

Sunday 18th of August 2013

I did the breakfast burritos a while back and they came out of the freezer completely molded. :(

I'm sure it's my error so I would love to figure out what went wrong. Any ideas?

Becky

Sunday 18th of August 2013

Yikes! Not good! Mold can't grow in freezing temperatures, but a freezer also won't kill mold, so if there was any mold on the tortillas or other ingredients before putting them in the freezer, it would still be there when taking it out. Also, if a freezer has a hard time maintaining freezing temperatures (if it gets too warm) then mold can grow. That can also happen if a freezer door is left open - moisture can build up at the warmer temperatures and produce mold.

I wish I could give you a more exact answer! I always cool food (usually in the refrigerator) before putting it in the freezer to make sure I keep the freezer as cold as possible.

addie | culicurious

Sunday 11th of August 2013

This is great, Becky! I love that you have such a great plan.

Unfortunately for us down in the South we are emptying our freezers this time of year. You never know when a hurricane could come up and knock the power out for a week (like it did last year). But from November to July I like to keep a decent amount of cooked ahead food for quick meals. :)

Rachel Young

Wednesday 7th of August 2013

Awesome! I totally want to do this. Thanks so much for sharing this Becky, it really inspires me. I think it would be so helpful to have so meals prepped ahead of time during the busy fall season that my family has. Now I just need to figure out what to make.