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Freezer Cooking

My daughter and I had been talking about doing a day of “freezer cooking” and finally had the opportunity to spend the day together and cook……….and cook………..and cook!!

The week prior to our big adventure we started brainstorming and browsing the internet for ideas. We decided to freeze a few crock-pot meals and also a few regular meals. She works full time as a 2nd grade school teacher, has a toddler and is expecting baby #2, so needless to say she is tired by the end of the day and her quantity time in the kitchen most weekdays is nearly non-exist. Her husband was very excited to know that they now had homemade meals in the freezer!

We started off the morning making our grocery list, then hit the store. Of course, we had little Miss L with us and she doesn’t care for being in the cart very long, so our shopping experience was an experience in itself! In hind site, we should have shopped the day before.

Freezer cooking at Nana

Once home we organized our goods.

Next we began our prep.

Freezer cooking

We chopped and diced.

And rolled meatballs.

Freezer cooking

And dropped breakfast cookies onto the baking sheet.

Freezer cooking

If ever we couldn’t find an ingredient, we looked in the clothes dryer. Yes, Leighton, you’ve been caught red-handed!


Hours later we were still chopping, stirring, baking, simmering, measuring, and bagging.

In total, we made:

Mini ham & cheese quinoa cups   (2 dozen)

Slow cooker chicken and dumplings   (2 gallon freezer bags)

No flour breakfast cookies (2 dozen)

Healthy Mama BBQ Chicken  (2 gallon freezer bags)

Stephanie’s Goulash

Beef Pepperoncini French Dip Sandwiches  (2 gallon freezer bags)

Honey Garlic chicken

Slow Cooker Ribs (2 gallon freezer bags)

Apricot Chicken (2 gallon freezer bags)


About 4 dozen meatballs

Homemade spaghetti sauce

Out of the meatballs and sauce, 2 baked penne casseroles were assembled. One bag of meatballs and sauce for meatball subs, and one gallon bag of sauce for spaghetti.

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup (2 gallon freezer bags).

And some extra cooked chicken is in the freezer ready for a pot of Chicken Tortilla Soup.

Whoa!!!! Are you tired yet?  We sure were!!

By the end of the day our freezers were stuffed!!!! This is just a portion of it!

Freezer cooking

So far the baked penne w/meatballs was a hit! As was the chicken noodle soup!

Leighton loved the healthy breakfast cookies. I found them to be just so-so.

We didn’t care much for the quinoa cups:(

I’ll keep you posted on everything else as it is consumed.

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