I did a little freezer cooking this week over a few days using my handy, dandy crock pot in addition to the oven and stovetop. I was able to make 3 family size meals of BBQ chicken, 3 family size meals of Chili, 2 bags of “cheese sauce” and 2 loaves of banana bread (*note, one loaf was eaten almost immediately after coming out of the oven).
- I used the crock pot to make all of the BBQ chicken and chili. One day I put a crockpot liner in the crockpot with a HUGE amount of boneless skinless chicken and two bottles of BBQ sauce. I put it on low and out the door I went. When I came home at 3pm -voila- three family size meals of BBQ chicken. We had one serving that day and boy, was it tender and delicious. I froze the other 2 family size portions in freezer bags for a day that I don’t feel like cooking. I did the same routine the next day with the chili. I assembled the ingredients before heading out the door and …
- I made the two loaves of banana bread and the cheese sauce at the same time. I mixed up the banana batter and stuck it in the oven and while it baked I made up the cheese sauce on the stove top. I can thaw out the cheese sauce and mix it with pasta for homemade mac & cheese or bake it with pasta and bread crumbs in the oven for a nice mac & cheese casserole.
For those of you who want to try freezer cooking but are intimidated, consider doing a mini freezer cooking session. Try making a double or triple batch of one of your favorite recipes. It’s not much more work and it saves you tons of time in the long run!
Here’s my banana bread recipe if you’re interested:
Very Yummy Banana Bread
- 1& 1/4 c. of sugar
- 1/2 c. butter softened
- 2 eggs
- 1 & 1/2 c. mashed ripe bananas
- 1/2 c. milk
- 1 & 1/2 tsp. vanilla
- 2 & 1/2 c. flour
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. salt
Preheat oven to 350, grease bottoms of 2 loaf pans, mix sugar and butter, stir in eggs and blend well, add bananas, milk and vanilla, stir in rest of ingredients. Bake for 50-60minutes or until you can stick a butter knife in the middle and have the knife come out clean.