Okay I have had 4 people call or email me for a better explanation on my Freezer cooking/OAMC. First of all I did buy the book Freezer Cooking by 30 Day Gourmet. But you dont really need to have one. There are hundreds of different ones out there. My friend that I cooked with used Everything You Need to KNow about Freezer cooking.
So here was the deal….we did 1 1/2 days of cooking..
On the 1/2 day I prepared:
4 Meatloaves (my recipe)
4 Lasagna (my recipe)
4 batches of Cheesy Chicken Quesdillas ( 30 Day Gourmet and my own)
4 batches of Cheesy Shells ( 30 Day Gourmet)
On my friends 1/2 day she prepared:
4 white and green lasagnas (Everything….cookbook)
4 Chicken Fried Rice (Everything…..cookbook)
4 Chicken Rosettos (Everything …cookbook)
4 Hash Brown Potato Bake (….Everything cookbook)
When we go together to do our big cooking we brought 2 of each of the meals we prepared and traded..so I got 8 different ones and so did she.
On the big day…
Chicken Phyllo Roll (my fave so far)
Cheesy Broccolli Soup
Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup
Chocolate Chip Cookies
We froze everything with that ClingWrap and then with Foil. We did flash freeze for about an hour or 2. Popped it out of the pans and then froze them without our pans so we could have them to use. I did use some foil pans…but I like to serve in prettier dishes. So I lined my foil pans so I can pop them right out and into my fancy serving dishes.
We also had 7 kids running around..!!! There were plenty of interruptions!!.
Anyway…I did purchase a book to read through first just because I need something on paper sometimes. You dont really need a book..there are yahoogroups, blogs, sites just for freezer cooking, including 30 Day Gourmet. The website itself has 100’s of recipes. If you google freezer or cooking OAMC….the recipes are endless. If you want a better explantion, check out this page on 30 day Gourmet. http://www.30daygourmet.com/freezer_Info/Freezer_Five.asp This is kind of a quick over view of the book. I just bought the book..because I LOVE books!!
Here is a great example of why this going to work great for me…yesterday Chloe and Camye had ballet at 5pm. We were running around…it was 6:30 by the time we left. I had a terrible headache..the boys were fighting, Paul spilled a drink all over himself, Blake and the van (yes I am blogging something bad…LOL….you usually only see the good). ANYWAY…it would have been much easier to stop at Sonic and get supper but I knew there was a meal at home ready to pop in the oven which my hubby did and it was ready when we walked through the door.
Another thing I am noticing that there isnt clean up other than the dishes I serve in….that is another plus I hadnt thought of.
Thats all I can think of for now. I plan on doing another around the 14th of August..right before we leave for Texas because when we return it will be September and that month is sooo busy with school and all the activites starting back up. So this so far has been such a stress reliever.:)
Hope this answered all the questions…..let me know if I missed anything.::)
I miss OAMC. It has been so long since I have done that. Once life calms down and I have half a day to do it, I will start up again.
You've sooooo inspired me! Crazy me! This week I made 6 lasagnas, 6 meatloaves, 3 bags of meatballs, 6 batches of cowboy cookies (awesome recipe..I must share sometime) 2 boxes of stuffed shells, 30 rice/bean burritos and a bunch of English muffin pizzas for grab and go….Thank you for the inspiration! I can always count on you for that!