This weekend, I set a loose goal of trying to get some freezer cooking done. I thought that having a few premade meals would make meal planning and preparation easier for me. I was expecting this experience to be frustrating, messy, and time-consuming. It wasn't. In 2 hours and 20 minutes, I was able to get a great deal of cooking done...and my mess cleaned up. When it was all said and done, I had over 4 pounds of ground beef browned (3 pounds of this went to the freezer), 2 casseroles made (one went to the freezer and one went to the fridge to be cooked later), a large bowl of chicken salad made, 3 cups of shredded chicken to freezer, and the dishes were done three times.
Here's how my timeline went:
1045-1110: Cooked spaghetti noodles. Browned 4 pounds of ground beef, then seperated.
1110-1155: 2 Spaghetti Casseroles assembled and put in freezer/fridge. Boiled eggs for salad.
1155-1210: Took a break while chicken was boiling.
1220-1230: Shredded chicken and put some in freezer.
1230-1250: Made chicken salad.
1250-1255: Picked up mess off kitchen counters, put away unused supplies/ingredients.
1255-105: Dishes done and put away. Counters and stove wiped down.
When I stepped out of my clean kitchen, I felt so accomplished! I felt good knowing that I had nice meals ready for my family. Sure, there are women who could probably make twice the amount of food I was able to...and in the same period of time. But, for my first time, I'm pleased with how the freezer cooking challenge went. I will definitely try to continue this very cool time saving idea!