Stocking Up and Eating Down
February 7th, 2013
As the clock winds down on this pregnancy (t-minus six weeks and counting!), I’ve embarked on a mission to simultaneously empty and fill my freezer.
I’m making good headway on both fronts. The odds and ends are dwindling and my stockpile of meals is pretty sizeable. At the moment, my freezer contains the following “real” meals:
- 2 Containers Squash Pear Soup
- 3 Big Homemade Calzones
- 2 Meals of Chicken Divan
- 3 Family-Servings of Mashed Potatoes
- 2 Meatloaves
- 1 Three-Cheese Pasta Bake
- 1 Squash Lasagna
- 1 Southwest Penne Chicken Caseerole
- 1 Chicken Tetrazzini
- 1 Hamburger Pasta Bake
- 1 Chili Bake
- 2 Meals Marinated Tandoori Chicken (raw)
- 1 Meal Cranberry Pork Chops (raw)
- 1 Pork & Sweet Potato Main-Dish Pie
- 2 Packages Brown-N-Serve Rolls
- 1 Package Texas Toast
Yes, it’s a lot of noodles and chicken but those are a sure thing with my family and they freeze well so I’m okay with that. The brown-n-serve rolls were on clearance at Aldi after Christmas for 99 cents a package so I bought several and stashed them. It’s nice to have sides in the freezer along with main dishes.
It hasn’t been as hard as I thought it might be to restock the freezer in pieces — rather than setting aside several days to do nothing but cook. I’m getting much better at planning ahead and doubling for the freezer. It really saves a lot of effort.
Last night, for example, after the kids were in bed, I prepped a double batch of cranberry pork chops and cooked and mashed five pounds of potatoes. One bag of sauced-up raw chops went into the freezer for a future meal (just defrost and bake), as did two pans of mashed potatoes (ditto on the cooking instructions). The remaining chops and potatoes will be dinner tomorrow. Apart from a little extra time spent peeling potatoes, it honestly didn’t take any longer to make 2.5 meals than to make one.