Friday, September 19, 2014

Big Batch Cooking - Peaches!

We use serious amounts of jam here...I mean serious so I got a bushel of Second Peaches (that means they aren't the farmer's best) for $15 and went to town!

I had helpers don't worry...we made:
  1. 26 Jars of Peach Pie Jam
  2. 30+ Jars of Spiced Peach Jam
  3. 3 Peach Pies
  4. 1 Peach Crisp (it didn't quite work out)
  5. 2 Bags of Peaches for the freezer
What a day! Right?

I know this is a lot more work then some of you want to sign on for but I do highly recommend making your family loves it!


Friday, September 05, 2014

Big Batch Cooking - Ground Beef Edition!

I didn't go AS crazy with the cooking this week but my freezer is a little happier and my mind is feeling a little more at ease!

This week's recipes include more of our tried and true favourites!

1. Taco Soup! This is a Friday night staple as we are at the arena for several hours so I fill our thermoses and everyone eats as they get hungry. You should definitely be prepared with some tortilla chips...Yum! You can find the recipe at Eat At Home Cooks.

2. This was a request of Mr. CB...I don't think we even had them last year! They are called Glad Thai Dings and are also found in a Looney Spoons Cookbook! You can find the recipe on-line at Food & Whine.

 To freeze these recipes I put the meatballs on a tray, freeze them, then move them into bags. I cooled the soup and then put it in containers.


Friday, August 29, 2014

Big Batch Cooking - Chicken with a Little Beef on the Side!

I don't love cooking unless it's a project. Turn it into a project and it's like magic. How do I do that? Easy! Big Batch Cooking!

Now that summer is almost over and I have settled into life again (in other words I can think again with camps finishing a few weeks ago). I find myself wanting a nice selection in my freezer so here's what I did!

You are seeing some of our favourite freezer meals here...

  1. Chicken Taquitos! Check this out... The Happy Money Saver makes me happy!
  2. Chicken Soup! I bought a whole chicken, cooked it up with onions, celery and carrots and then made it up as I went!
  3. Chicken Fingers. Boy do I love these!!! These are from my Looney Spoons Cookbook (don't have it? Look it up!) but I found the recipe for you on My Food Infatuation

Then because that didn't seem like enough, I cooked and shredded more chicken to make Chicken Pot Pies (with ready made pie crust!) another recipe by The Happy Money Saver and I also have some beef strips marinating and ready to be turned into stir fry.

So here's the scoop!
  1. I put the taquitos and chicken strips on trays and froze them. Once they were frozen I transferred them to bags.
  2. The soup cooled and went straight into the containers to freeze.
  3. I double the pie plates on the chicken pot pies and then covered them with foil.
  4. The Beef Strips are all ready for another Looney Spoons recipe Wok This Way (I couldn't find this one on-line so you better just buy the book!) ;)
My freezer is a little fuller and I'm a little happier in the kitchen now!