Yesterday after teaching a full day of school, changing sheets, two loads of laundry and cleaning out the freezer I decided that I would try my hand at bulk cooking. Bulk cooking has been around for a while an is called various things. The concept is to cook an abundance of food at one time, store it in the freezer and pull out the meals as needed. Hopefully incorporating this concept will save me time and money. Over the weekend I did some shopping and was really excited to try my hand at this thing called freezer meals or once a month cooking. So around 4 pm I boiled two fryers deboned them. One quart of chicken was set aside in a Ziploc bag for enchiladas. Some of the stock was set aside the rest of the chicken was put back into the pot for chicken noodle soup. Next I halved a package of boneless skinless chicken breast. I used half the breast to make home made chicken and dumplings with the above broth. The remaining half I made chicken quesadillas. I had two packages of drumsticks one package was used to make Caribbean jerk chicken. The second is still in my fridge, that batch will be made into BBQ chicken.
Around 11 pm I waived the white flag of surrender. I was tired, really, really tired. My entire body ached and my bed was a welcome retreat after my marathon day. Go ahead and laugh at me, it really is funny. However it's a new day and I'm feeling good, thankfully.
There is value in freezer cooking and I will continue planning my meals this way. However next time my cooking day will be set apart for cooking only, it will not follow a full day of other activities. Also a prep day prior to cooking, where I chop vegetables, cube meat etc. will make the cooking day faster.
|Back left chicken and dumplings, back right chicken noodle soup. Front right quesadilla meat. |
|Clean freezer with meals. Soon some of these things will go to the garage freezer. |
In other news Christopher is moving up the ranks. He has been promoted to the Koolaid maker of the family. He made his first pitcher of Koolaid today, it was great.
Join me in December as I close out Decluttering My Life and Home series. This series was started earlier this year and was never finished I will close the year out completing my post in this series.