Thursday, October 14, 2010

Simple Freezer Cooking. . .even a kid can do it!

When people hear the words freezer cooking, once a month cooking, or batch cooking, they often tune out and think it is not for them because they often believe one or more of the following MYTHS!!

1. To freezer cook or once a month cook or batch cook, you have to have a large freezer or an extra freezer. FALSE

2. Freezer cooking requires you to cook for a whole day. FALSE

3. Freezer cooking only works for main dishes and usually those main dishes are casseroles that are not healthy for you. FALSE

Freezer cooking can be simple. Even my David (11 years old) can do it and sees the benefits of it!!

Yesterday, David made 16 breakfast burritos. He first scrambled eggs in an electric skillet and microwaved some Morning Star veggie sausage patties.

He then filled tortillas with scrambled eggs and some broken up sausage patties and then topped with a slice of American cheese before rolling the tortilla. He then placed them all on a baking sheet to flash freeze:


Flash freezing is when you need to get a food firmed up before you package it for long term storage. To flash freeze, you place the items on a cookie sheet and then place the cookie sheet in the freezer, no need to cover items. You are simply waiting for them to get hard.

These breakfast burritos would have stucked together if David had thrown them in a ziploc bag without flash freezing them first. Flash freezing ensures you are able to remove one item at a time. After flash freezing, then you can transfer them to freezer bags like this:


David likes freezer cooking because it ensures that he always has something yummy for breakfast and something that will hold him over until his school lunch hour (cereal just doesn't last long for him).

Making these breakfast burritos took David (and he is 11; I am sure you would be faster) about 40 minutes, but will save him time each early school morning. Even he sees the benefit of freezer cooking and thus is motivated to spend the time making these by himself. His words are, "It sure beats grabbing a pop tart on the way out the door."

Here are my 3 youngest already getting into the breakfast burritos. That is the only thing David does not like: his freezer cooking batch only lasts about 4 days around here. To eat, you simply take a breakfast burrito out of the freezer, wrap it in a paper towel, and microwave for about 2-3 minutes. . give or take. Or if you have a few extra minutes, we like to microwave them for about a minute or two and then stick them in the oven to crisp up.

I'd love to hear what you or your kids make a batch of and stick in the freezer. Email me or leave a comment. And click here to see how we made a batch of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for the freezer. And click here to see how we freezer cook chicken.

6 comments:

  1. I took your advices and made a whole loaf of bread worth of my own uncrustables. This week has been one of those weeks where I am just overwhelmingly busy (we are putting our house on the market, my husbands job is changing, all 3 of us have been sick) and having the ability to pull a pb&j (made with free, healthy ingredients) has saved me many headaches. Thank you so much for all that you do Su! You are such a blessing to our family! -BC

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  2. I love the photo!

    We did our own chicken nuggets not too long ago. I love the breakfast burrito idea!

    -MT

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  3. Breakfast burritos are a great idea! My boys are not cereal fans so I usually end up cooking them something (they're little so toast counts for cooking :-). I am going to try it this weekend.
    Recently I made a batch o gluten free cupcakes. I used mini-cupcake tins and froze a bunch of them. I am the only one in my house who eats gluten free and it was the only way to keep a whole batch from going to waste. When I popped one out the other day it was great! Freezing helped keep them moist (gluten free tends to be dry).

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  4. Do you have a recipe for the burritos? I'm wondering how many eggs you would need to make 12. There is 10 of us cooking this weekend -- so I'm doing mass quantities!! Love, love freezer cooking!

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    1. Hi Shelli-

      I am estimating you would need about 10 eggs to make 12 burritos. What fun to have a group of friends to cook with.

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