I am receiving a gratifying amount of positive response to my articles on Freezer Cooking over at Modern Alternative Mama (Part One, Part Two). I thought I’d go ahead and post a few more recipes and ideas here for those interested in this lifestyle.
My husband loves to grill hamburgers. Since he works from home, sometimes he will even make a quick burger for lunch. I suffer from a bit of The Raw Meat Paranoia, so I’d just as soon have a few pre-made burgers in the freezer and avoid storing a pound of hamburger in the fridge at all times on the off chance someone will crave a burger.
I buy hamburger in bulk. Jim likes a gourmet style burger, so I mix the meat with a little dose of whatever flavor of Lawry’s Marinade appeals and some shredded parmesan cheese (go easy if using cheddar or some other easy-melt cheese – it can burn and make a mess). Form into hamburgers. Grease a baking sheet and place the hamburgers on it in a single layer. Freeze until solid, and then wrap them individually in either freezer paper or plastic wrap and store in a gallon freezer baggie. These don’t even need to be defrosted before going onto the grill, just cooked on low.
For boneless, skinless chicken breasts, I portion them into a quart baggie and cover them with store-bought marinade too. We like to grill chicken (thaw first by placing baggie in a bowl of warm water for 20 minutes or so), but you can also bake it in the oven. I have some recipes for home-made marinades here.
I also wrote out a few recipes for Slow Cooker Sandwich Fillings.
If you try any of my recipes, let me know how they turn out. And if you have any questions about freezer cooking, or see any mistakes in the recipes, PLEASE let me know.