August 4, 2009

Food Prep

Made the video, just gotta get it uploaded.

Since that generally takes forever I thought I'd post about something else.

Freezer cooking. Who all does it? I don't personally know anyone that does it, but I hear of a lot of ladies online who do it regularly.

I had hoped to be moved in early enough to fill my deep freezer with loads of food, but alas, that was not to be. However, I think I can squeeze in some cooking ahead. I'll have Friday and Saturday to work on it and I think this is what I'll do.

Instead of making casseroles and soups and such, I'm going to just cook up the meat etc. and freeze it in smaller portions. Tomorrow I am visiting Sam's Club and will buy some pre-made casseroles as well as several other things in bulk. I could buy several whole chickens, put them in pots and boil them, take off all the meat and freeze it, then freeze the broth. I could get a big package of ground beef and cook it to have ready for meals.

This seems manageable. If possible I want to cook a few packages of rice and beans to freeze, make some quick breads/pizza dough to freeze too. If it doesn't happen, oh well, we'll work it out. I was blessed in that the last two babies I received meals from kind people in my MOPS groups and church. There hasn't been a lot of support this time around, so I ain't counting on nothing from anyone else. I need to do something though, because a c-section recovery is so much harder and so much will be happening. I don't want us living off of junk.

So, I am planning to freeze:
meat from 3 chickens
at least 5lbs of ground meat, cooked and seasoned
2lbs of beans, soaked, cooked and frozen
2lbs of brown rice ,cooked
4 loaves of quick bread (banana and pumpkin)
biscuit mix-homemade whole wheat
storebought bread to freeze-3 loaves
storebought tortillas to freeze
cheese for the freezer

What I plan to buy:(frozen)
pizza
lasagna
meatballs
waffles
veggies
chicken breasts

For the pantry, I will buy in bulk things like detergent, paper plates, canned items, some breakfast items, diapers...whatever

I think I can do it...I still don't have a stovetop, so I will have to do the meat at my mom's house. I can do the beans and rice in a crockpot I guess, we'll see. After a few days, it feels weird to me to not cook, so I may get in there and cook after the baby. However, I have no idea how it's going to be with 4 kids- my priorities will be a lot different. While I don't want us eating junk food all the time, I do have limitations :)

4 comments:

Tereza said...

Shucks...it you lived closer I'd help you in some way. It sucks to have no support!

prayzgod said...

Yay, I can't wait for the video! I just put up on montage thing on my blog...

I'm "resting" today, since I'm recovering from being sick, so I hope your video uploads soon; today's the perfect day for me to watch it and relax with a cold drink in hand. :-D

Joy Comes in the Morning said...

I would always plan this with my three but it never happened. I hope you are able to get it done. I just wouldn't stress over it because you got a lot on your plate right now. Hope all is well and sending you and the babe blessings from our Lord.

Geoya said...

I had a C-section with my twins 7 months ago...I was scared to death but I was up and moving that night. The best thing ever was the band they put on my middle...it's called a binder...ask for it, beg for it, it hold you in...I wore it for 3 weeks...if I can do it with twins...I've got 4 kids too...you can do it too!!Get the binder...ask the hospital now if they offer them...if not order one right away and wear it all the time...it's great and supports your back! I wish you the best,
Geoya http://csectionrecoverykit.com/?gclid=CIqy9KGOtJcCFQ_yDAodd3GLuQ