All total, this process took a week, and I shopped and prepped/froze in one day. I don’t recommend it! 🙂 Next time I’ll shop one day, and then make the meals the next. My poor pregnant back was yelling in several languages at me. *Even so, I didn’t get to the breakfast burritos I’d planned to make, still haven’t. Will be making those soon though!
Here’s the list of crockpot meals I made the last few days of July:
The bloggers I got these from had already doubled them so we got two freezer bags from each recipe. And each bag gives enough for 4 people or enough for lunch leftovers the next day.
Okay so the first thing was done, gathering my recipes! Next up was to see what I had on hand and make a list of that, so I wouldn’t over buy something for a recipe. This took most of a naptime(2hrs), as I was checking dates on canned goods while writing them down. Also checked to see what I had in the freezer already, and planned those into this month.
After that was finished, I sat down with my recipes, my pantry/freezer lists and a sheet of blank paper. I made categories like, meat, veggies/fruit, canned goods, spices/sauces, dairy, misc. You can do whatever makes sense to you! Oh, and not to forget, but I made a section for utensils, like heavy duty aluminum foil, gallon/quart/pint sized freezer bags, labels, sharpie, and anything else you’d like to use. *disposable tin baking pans for example.
I went through all my recipes, one by one and filled in my shopping list with needed ingredients, and the quantity. I double checked at the end, to make sure I got everything!
Voila! I had my lists ready. I went to Costco and Fry’s (Krogers) in one day to get everything. Thankfully Jeremiah was SO laid back that I could get a all of it done without him fussing. 🙂
When I got home, after taking care of his needs and laying him down for a nap, I pulled out ALL the ingredients for my recipes. I also pulled out a chopping board, knife, peeler, my bags, sharpie and music. 😉 Gotta have that music.
Now here is where I differed from the blogger I got this idea from. *I don’t remember her! I feel so badly. She cut all of her veggies, meats etc in advance. I didn’t want too, so I pulled out my first recipe, and pulled all the ingredients apart for that. Then I chopped veggies, poured cans, places meats and then spices into the bags. I tried to divide the recipes up evenly, although I’m sure they aren’t perfect! I then squeezed the air out and laid them down flat in the freezer, to make enough room for all the bags.
I moved from recipe to recipe that way, and once I was done, I had 13-14 meals done! *the pulled pork will make numerous meals for us to eat from! Once they all froze, I stacked them up-right in the freezer and admired my fruits…and then rubbed my achy back and sat down, all hot, sweaty and tired.
All in all, I used 1 knife, 1 cutting board, 1 peeler, 1 bowl and 1 pair of gloves to prep 13-14 meals. How awesome is that?!