Saturday, August 04, 2007

Packing the freezer

In my big effort to be somewhat prepared this time around, I've been doing my best to pack our extra freezer with meals and snacks for after the baby gets here. Unfortunately I've also had lots of sick days when it was just too easy to grab something out of the freezer instead of cooking extra to put in. I'm consoling myself with the fact that we didn't make a Zaxby's run on all those nights. But my freezer is filling so slowly!
So far I have 1 pan of browned hamburger meat with taco seasoning layered on top of refried beans (for 7 layer dip that we eat more like a casserole with chips), a roast turkey breast I shredded and packed in meal size portions, one dozen blueberry muffins, 1 meals worth of Salisbury steak (yummy!) and 2 ziploc bags each containing 1 kielbasa sausage and 1 bag of diced hash browns (also yummy and fast).
Today I'm making 2 big pots of vegetable soup - one for supper tonight with garlic bread and one for the freezer - and pepper jack cracker dough to freeze. I'm hoping to bake some poppy seed muffins, too, but it is so hot today that I hate to turn the oven on. Maybe if I wait to bake them until it cools off some.
Soon I'm hoping to make a batch of granola to take to the hospital. I'm always starving those first few days (after nine months of getting queasy at the thought of food!) and let's just say I didn't choose this hospital for the food - even the vending machine pickings are slim!


Maggie said...

Sounds good. Can you share the cracker recipe?

Shannon@Idylwild said...

The crackers are so yummy and easy!
1 stick of unsalted butter, softened
1/2 lb finely grated Pepper Jack cheese
1 c flour
1/2 tsp salt
Cream butter until light and fluffy, then beat in cheese until well mixed. Stir together the flour and salt. Work in the dry ing. The dough will be very stiff and crumbly. Work it together into 2 logs about 10" long and 1" thick. Wrap the logs in platic and chill in the freezer for at least two hours.
Preheat the oven to 375. Remove one log from the freezer and slice into 1/4" thick rounds. Place on a large ungreased baking sheet. Bake until golden, about 10 to 12 minutes. Makes about 50 crackers.

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Sarah said...

Way to go getting your freezer ready!