Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Kitchen Tip Tuesday

Since I have been tired lately (the last few months!), one thing I have found that helps me get a meal on the table is having pre-cooked and pre-chopped food in the freezer. I cooked several chicken breasts, hamburger meat and chopped bell peppers and onions in the freezer ready to toss into a casserole or a skillet meal. I just cook or chop up a large amount at once and then portion it out into baggies. It makes life so much easier and helps me to get motivated to cook something. Check out more kitchen tips at Tammy's Recipes!

6 comments:

Jane said...

And don't forget the kitchen scale -- I use this to either measure out exactly one-pound portions of the "family-size" ground beef or chicken, or, when I'm cooking 2 or 3 pounds in one pot, to divide it into the baggies in equal portions.

Mandy said...

Oh that is a good idea- I don't have one of those (yet!) :)

Jane said...

That is a really good idea.
I always have a bag of chopped green pepper in the freezer, & just this really helps a lot.

Congrats on your soon to be born little one! You don't have much longer to go! :)

UnfinishedMom said...

Yep. I've been doing this for a few months too. The other thing I've done is to put chicken in a bag with the marinade and then freeze it like that. This way it marinades while it thaws. One less step to think of later.

Lynn said...

I love having those half-prepared items in the freezer! One of my favorites lately is pizza crust; the recipe I use takes just minutes to make up in the morning, and it makes two, one for us to eat and one to freeze. My goal is to always have at least one of those in the freezer. I was reading someone's blog today, and they make and pizza crusts in small, personal pan size, so I think I'll try that next. That was whoever's hungry can have a snack and we don't have to cook a whole pizza if it's not going to get eaten.

Mom2fur said...

This is so true! I love having meat pre-prepped for those nights I don't feel like cooking--and I don't even had littles in the house any more. (My youngest is
19.)
The easiest way I know to do ground beef is to put it all in a big lasagna pan and cook it in a 350 degree oven for about 30 minutes, breaking it up with a wooden spoon every few minutes. I like to add onion and garlic powders, as well as a little salt and pepper, as I cook it. After all, most recipes call for these ingredients.

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