17 minutes ago
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Do you have extra time? Get to cooking!!!!
Here is a picture of them (ignore the Tony's pizzas in the background - I haven't found anyone to donate those to yet.)
Other foods that I have previously pre-cooked:
Hamburger meat: I got a great deal on the 80% hamburger meat, which we usually don't eat, but I cooked it, rinsed it, put it in ziploc bags and froze it. It makes for a quick baked pasta where you defrost the meat, add the sauce, cook the pasta. You have a meal in about 30 minutes. Also, you can add the cooked hamburger to Velveeta cheese and salsa for a quick snack. My SIL makes this GREAT dip called Pizza Dip. You could use it in that as well.
Chicken: When HT had their whole chickens on sale for .49, I stocked up. Instead of putting the whole chicken in the freezer, I cooked three chickens at a time in a big stockpot, deboned them and put the equivalent of one chicken in a ziplock bag, filled it with the juice, bagged it again - just in case - and froze them. I make a great chicken casserole and this makes it super easy. Plus, you could use it for home-made chicken and rice, chicken with pasta or chicken and dumplings. I also froze the extra chicken stock in jars. Throwing that away is like throwing $ down the drain!!!
One more thing......mashed potatoes.......you heard right. Last year, at our work Thanksgiving luncheon, someone from our group brought a small vat of mashed potatoes from K&W. We were cleaning up and it was time to go and no one wanted it. I brought it home and froze it in a ziplock bag. 6 months later, I thawed it, added a little butter and sour cream and you could not tell that it had been frozen. Whenever I have potatoes that I don't think we will be able to eat before they go bad, I cook them up and add minimal milk and butter to them, so that they are a little dry. I put them in ziplock bags and enjoy mashed potatoes later.
Where do I get my jars? Mainly, I save them. I have Mom pick them up for me when she goes to Thrift stores as well. There was a couple of weeks in a row that I kept mentioning to her that I needed more jars. She brought me a dozen wide mouth quart Ball jars with the lids still sealed in the box. WOW - What a find - I asked her where she got them from and she said K-Mart - THAT'S CHEATING!!!!!! But - her reward was my big smile (you would've thought someone gave me a million dollars ) and some of the stew and pork!!!
That's all I can think of for now.