Number of meals ready to eat...150 (this is OUR size meals)
Happy, grateful mama...1
Sore, tired aching feet...2
Freezing veggies...too many to wrap my tired brain around
Green beans...120 pounds
because it is taking over and I can't deal with it anymore...36 quart bags
Number of parents who are praying for frost so that the squash plants die...2
Number of people in my family who love Sloppy *Tims...11
*We are a politically
It is beyond valuable to me to have this system in place!
I can't even fathom what our grocery bill would be like if we ate out all the time or bought a lot of processed, ready-to-eat foods. I can't even remember the last time my kids had fast food. We go out to eat as a family one or two times a year. Not because I am a food snob...but because, it's expensive!
Every night my family eats a home cooked meal. And most days, I don't even cook. I can't imagine it any other way.
We eat a wide assortment of foods like, chillies, soups, casseroles, meat pies, lasagnas, burritos, sandwiches, and bean dishes.
I have a master list hanging up in the kitchen with all the meals listed and how many of each meal we have. When we pull something out of the freezer, we remove that item from the list.
Cooking in bulk is so easy...and so worth it!
I wish I would have started this years and years ago. I take our favorite recipes and times them by 2 or 3 in order to make one big enough for my family. I then times this new quantity by 4, so we can get four "our size" meals.
I make a master list of all the different ingredients needed to cook all the meals that I plan on making. I do this before I go and then organize the list into different sections, like produce, dairy, etc...
After purchasing all the food, I start cooking! I usually will chop, shred, brown or cut up all my ingredients before getting started, just to make my life easier
When done, we allow them to cool. Plastic wrap first, tinfoil second and 5 gal white garbage bag over the top and then labeled. After pulling one out of the freezer to serve, I pull everything off, put the foil back on and then stick in the oven. If the item is still frozen, I put it into a cold oven and then turn it on as to not crack my dish.
I totally encourage everyone to try cooking ahead, I can't say enough good things about it!