Friday, September 23, 2011

Freezer Cooking for One

I am mostly putting this here for my reference - so I can remember what I did and how it worked for the next time! But, David recently asked me to help a family member with meals for the freezer. And, here is what we came up with together.

I found some great divided containers at the grocery store that worked well for smoked sausage and veggies. Two bags of fresh veggies steamed in the microwave and two packages of sausage cooked on the griddle divided up to be enough for six meals.


One batch of Pasta Fagioli soup made eight containers. And, I made Southwest Chicken Salad. One package of fresh chicken breasts and a can of black beans made six portions that I froze in ziploc bags.

I sliced, buttered and sprinkled with garlic one loaf of french bread. And, made individual chicken pot pies. By making this recipe, I was able to make eight mini pies and then one big one for our family.

Hopefully this will help remind me and maybe even help someone else who has the opportunity to serve another this way! I thought it was very affordable too as I spent about $60 total which included the containers I bought this time and food for dinners for one month!

15 comments:

Mary Ann said...

This is great and an awesome way to reach out to someone else! Reminds me of when my sister and I were single. We'd portion out lasagna and soups and freeze them. A pan or pot of food lasted so long in those days! :-)

I use your recipe whenever I make Chicken Pot Pie. It's so good! I served it to my brother once when he visited and he raved about it! Haven't made it in a while but I think I usually get 2 larger and 1 smaller from one recipe of filling, so it's well worth the time spent!

Mom said...

Well done! What a blessing for your family member :)
Love you, Mom

Peggy said...

What a wonderful idea!! At this point in time we are not in need of meals to feed one on a regular basis but do need individual servings. I am definitely going to ear mark this post as there will come a time it will be needed... whether for us or a friend in need.

Thank you! And I am sure this was a blessing to the family member!!

Suze said...

Oh I just love this. I often cook for some family members. I think I might just give some of your recipes a try. Thanks,

angie said...

And if the recipient saves the containers for you, your costs will be even less next month. What a blessing this will be for your family member. Where else would they get a wholesome, home-cooked meal for $2?

Wendi said...

My parents provide hot and freezer meals for a home bound neighbor. I know this person you have reached out to will feel so blessed!

Your mini pot pies are super cute!

Amy said...

I love this idea and can think of so many people in my community in very different walks of life who could benefit from this! Thank you for sharing!

Danielle said...

Thanks so much for sharing!

Jthemilker said...

Your pot-pies look DELICIOUS!!! Where can I find your recipe?

thehomespunheart said...

Jthemilker: if you click the recipe link above it should take you to the Pot Pie recipe! :) Enjoy!

Sarah Belle said...

Excellent ideas! Thank you. tammyp

Elise said...

I was thinking about doing something similar for my Dad last Christmas. LOVE that idea!!
Elise

Nen said...

awesome! those pies look great... and i'm sure they will be raved over!

Angel said...

What a great idea! It has inspired me to feed my bachelor father more often! I only see him once every couple weeks, and I had not thought to freeze meals for him!

Jessica Martell said...

How did the meals keep in the freezer in those divided containers with the extra space? Would you change how you stored them? ��