When BnS had chicken breasts for .98/# last week (through today), I nabbed three packages of about 3 lbs each, in anticipation of Chicken Cooking Day 2. Yesterday, in just about an hour of hands-on time, I had four meals socked away in the freezer.
I started with three packages of four bone-in, skin-on breasts. I cut off 5-6 ounce filets, removing the very little skin, and placing the bones with remaining meat in the medium Crock Pot. After about 15 minutes, I had 12 breasts, which I prepared as follows:
First, I turned on the Crock Pot to low, and let the excess meat with bones cook for 7 hours.
Murder Mystery Chicken — I had all the ingredients in the pantry/fridge for this. Put in a foil pan with cardboard lid, labelled, and froze.
Lemon Garlic Chicken — Again, I had what I needed (used dry herbs), and I really needed to use that lemon. Put in a gallon zip bag, labelled and froze flat. This will marinate as it thaws
Teriyaki Ginger Chicken — I made this up: about 1/4 cup lo so teriyaki sauce, about 1/2 teaspoon jarred minced ginger (the real stuff, not dried), about 1/4 teaspoon minced garlic. Put in a gallon zip bag, and froze flat. This will marinate as it thaws.
I also cut up some broccoli that needed to be used, blanched it in the microwave, and tossed with olive oil and garlic, then put it in a small foil pan w/cardboard lid, labelled and froze.
Preparing these dishes took about 15 minutes. I print labels from my computer, which makes life easier for me.
When the Crock Pot was done, I let the chicken cool. The meat was chopped for Chicken Packets, which actually didn’t get made till this morning (I’m an early riser these days). Took about 20 minutes to prepare meat and assemble. I cooked these, then cooled and froze. I had the ingredients for these on-hand, too. Crescents were on sale at BnS last week, too, with a coupon for FREE 18-ct eggs (through today).
For about six bucks for chicken, 1.50 for crescents, and the rest of the ingredients sitting around, I have four good meals in the freezer. I figure, rough estimate, about $9-10 for all of it. Quite a productive cooking session(s).
I fully intended to make the Chicken Packets in the afternoon, when the chicken was just cooled enough to handle. But my latest house project took much, much longer than expected, so those plans were delayed. That’s what I like about the Crock and cooking this way. It’s all about having the ingredients when you need them.
What deals have you made up for the freezer lately?