My latest freezer cooking involved meatballs and taco meat. I made two sets of meatballs (48 meatballs in each). I also made two batches of turkey taco meat. I now have more items in my freezer that will assist me in preparing future meals… 4 dinners to be exact. Yay!
I’m on a mission to make food ahead of time and freezing it. If you missed my previous Freezer Friday posts, then be sure to find them HERE. My goal is to make and freeze food in less than 2 hours every 1 to 2 weeks. I don’t necessarily mean whole meals but food items that we can get from the freezer. It provides us homemade food that is convenient while also saving us money.
When making meatballs, I use a recipe from an old Better Homes and Garden cookbook and I bake them. After the meatballs cool, I place them in freezer bags. I make sure to label the bags “Cooked Meatballs” and date it.
The meatballs can be used in future meals such as spaghetti and meatballs, meatball subs or meatballs in brown gravy sauce.
For the tacos, I brown ground turkey (1 pound) and mix it with taco seasoning and refried beans. In this instance, I used taco seasoning packets. You can purchase inexpensive seasoning packets or even get them free when you pair it with a coupon (such as manufacturer’s coupons for Old Paso or Ortega). Or you can make your own by using a homemade taco seasoning recipe found HERE.
The taco meat can be used in future meals or appetizers such as soft tacos, hard tacos, nachos or taco dip. I place the taco meat in a tupperware container and label it “Cooked Turkey Tacos (with refried beans).”
So do you do anything similar? How do you improve meal time cooking process?
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