Since I've been pregnant, there are two pieces of advice that keep popping up. Not only in everyday conversations, but all over the web as well. #1 Sleep when the baby sleeps, and #2 Stock your freezer/stock-pile for after the baby comes. Since these two have been repeated over and over again, I decided to take heart and tackle what I could before the baby arrived. With a month to go, I think my nesting urges have finally kicked in, not that I feel amazing or anything, but I do have a drive to get things done. Stocking the freezer was high on the list, because after all, you HAVE to eat! This week at the store I stocked up on ground beef, day old rolls, and over-ripe bananas. I also had 6 lbs of onions in the cupboard from a couple of weeks ago that needed to be used up. Since I had just straightened the freezers last week, I decided this week was the time to refill them. So I made up a plan, and here's how it went down...
First up on the freezer stocking 'challenge' was sweet breads. I ended up with 3 large loaves to freeze, and 1 to slice for the week, plus 8 mini loaves to freeze. I made 2 batches Butterscotch Chip Banana Bread (same recipe as link, but with butterscotch chips instead of chocolate), this made 2 large loaves and 4 minis. Then I made a batch of White Chocolate Chip Banana Bread, which made 2 large loaves. And lastly, 1 batch Banana Crumb Bread, which made 4 mini loaves. Joe was very pleased to have so many breakfasts in the freezer, and so was I.
Next up was processing the beef I bought earlier this week. I had a little over 3 lbs to work with, so I first made up hamburger patties. Two for dinner Sunday, and 4 for the freezer. Then I took the rest (about a 1 and 1/2), and fried it up with onions, and was able to get 5 meals worth for the freezer. This is what I use when I make Crock-pot Lasagna, or Spaghetti, or even Taco Meat.
Since I needed diced onions for the beef, I went ahead and diced or sliced the rest of the 6 lbs I had bought a couple weeks ago while I had the food processor out, and froze them for future use. I got 7 meals worth of diced onions, and 8 of sliced to freeze.
Last, and most easiest on the agenda was making Garlic Bread for the freezer. It's so easy to make, and is such a nice addition to so many meals. I bought marked down rolls from Giant twice this week, so I made 3 meals worth (6 rolls) earlier in the week, and again Saturday. Here they both are, ready for the freezer.
Overall I feel very accomplished. Hopefully I can do another round next weekend. I am praying my nesting drive keeps up and I can get some serious stuff done!
Anyone else stocking their freezers? If so, what are your favorite items to stock?