This week I prepared chicken soup and meatloaf for the freezer (well, I will prepare the meatloaf tonight).
I ran across a recipe for chicken soup that suggested 2 things I don’t do when I make chicken soup and I loved the ideas!
- skim the “scum” off the chicken as it is cooking (now why have I never thought to do that) and simmer, don’t boil
- do NOT cook the noodles in the soup…cook them separate, put some in the bottom of the bowl and pour the hot soup on top of it (this works for leftovers, store the leftover noodles in a container and put them in the bowl cold, and pour reheated soup on top)
For my meatloaf, I do not make them in a loaf pan. It sort of gags me to think of meat cooking and sitting in its own fat for an hour. *shudder* And we all like the crusty part. When I make it I make 4-6 (depending on how many pounds of hamburg I cook) large patties and cook them in a 400 degree oven on a broiler pan. The fat falls below, they get nice and crusty all over and they cook in 15-20 minutes.
For freezing, I cook them, cool and freeze. Sometimes I’ll slice them before I freeze so I can use slices in Kevin’s lunches. Either way, they thaw quickly and just a quick reheating and they taste great!
So, what did YOU prepare for your freezer this week? Do you have a post you’d like to link up? Or just share a freezer meal in the comments. Let’s encourage one another to prepare ahead for lean times or times of ministry!
Blogs I might be linking to:
Menu Planning Monday, On The Menu Monday, Marital Oneness, The Better Mom, Multitudes on Monday, Hear it On Sunday, Sharing His Bounty, What Joy Is Mine, Playdates at the Well, Back to School Monday, Domestically Divine Tuesdays, Time Warp Wife, Funky Planet Frequent Flier Club, Encourage One Another, Living Well Wednesdays, Legacy Leaver Thursday, What's Up Wednesday, Raising Homemakers, Thought Provoking Thursday, Hearts 4 Home, Thankful Thursday, Raising Mighty Arrows Thursdays, First Day of My Life , Thankful Thursdays, Thankful, Thankful Thursday Brown-eyed Bell(e), Big Family Fridays, Faith Filled Fridays, Home Focused Friday, Feasting In Fellowship Friday, Homemaking Link-up Week-end